Established in 1889, Orange County is California’s third most populous county with over 3 million people. It is 948 square miles in size and is part of the Greater Los Angeles area. There are 34 incorporated cities in Orange County. Santa Ana is the county seat. Anaheim is the largest city in Orange County based on population and Irvine is the largest in geographic size. The county is named after the orange crops that were widely cultivated in the area when the county was established.
Some of the best known and most popular sites and attractions in Orange County are Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Little Saigon, Huntington Beach aka “Surf City, U.S.A.”, MLB’s the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, endless outdoor activities, along with the county’s more than 42 miles of breathtaking coastline. Tourism plays a major role in Orange County’s economy, but it’s also part of the Tech Coast. Many Fortune 500 companies, technology companies and international businesses have regional headquarters there.
Orange County is on the coastal plain of the Los Angeles Basin between the Santa Ana Mountain’s foothills, the Cleveland National Forest and the Pacific Ocean. The 5,689 feet tall Santiago Peak, in the always visible Saddleback ridge, is the county’s tallest point. Orange county’s main waterway is the Santa Ana River. The county has great shopping destinations including South Coast Plaza, California’s largest mall. Some of America’s most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods are in Orange County and many celebrities have homes there.