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Orange, CA

Located approximately 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Orange is one of the few cities in Southern California that has preserved its older buildings and its small-town feel. Orange is known for its antique shops, historic central plaza, beautiful parks, and great shopping.

Though it shares its name with its county, the city of Orange did not receive its name from Orange County. According to local legend, in 1873 civic leaders in Orange played a poker game for the privilege of naming the town. Andrew Glassell won the game and named the city Orange after his birthplace in Orange, Virginia.


The city of Orange enjoys a fairly stable economy. The median household income in Orange is higher than the statewide median.

Educational services and health care are major industries in Orange. Other prominent industries in the city are manufacturing, finance, insurance and real estate rental and leasing.

A few of Orange's larger industrial companies include SC Fuels, Sybron Dental Specialties, Varco International, MSI International, Volt Information Services, Foamex, Hamilton Materials, and West American Rubber Company.


All of the population in Orange is urban. Neighborhoods and districts of Orange accommodate around 41,700 houses, out of which more than 40,800 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than 62 percent are owner-occupied while renters occupy around 38 percent of the houses. The median value of a house in Orange is significantly higher than the statewide median home value.

The walkability of Orange is excellent, most schools, coffee shops, drug stores and restaurants are within a mile's distance from the center of the city.

Orange can be divided into three areas:




The Orange County Zoo is located within Irvine Park and features a wide array of local wildlife. Perhaps the zoo's most famous resident was Samson, who was known as the Hot Tub Bear because he preferred visiting residential hot tubs and eating trash from garbage cans to living in the wild. Locals saved the bear from being killed after his capture, and he lived as a resident of the Orange County Zoo until he died of old age in 2001. A children's book by Wendy Tokuda details Samson's story.

Dromo 1 is an indoor racing facility. After a 10-minute safety briefing, racers suit up for a qualifying round on the 1,000-foot track. The gas-powered "karts" can go as fast as 40 miles per hour. Racers compete based on their qualifying times.



The Metrolink train station connects Orange with Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Local bus service is also available at the Metrolink hub.

The junction of Interstate 5 with Orange Freeway (SR 57) and Garden Grove Freeway (SR 22) is one of the busiest in Orange County and is referred to locally as the Orange Crush. Tourism heavily influences traffic patterns, thanks largely to Disneyland's location five miles northwest of Orange.


Orange is home to Chapman University, which is the largest private university in Orange County.

Santiago Canyon College is a two-year college that features an award-winning forensics program and successful women's soccer team.


The Orange City News is a weekly newspaper devoted to local news. Other regional newspapers include the Foothills Sentry, Orange County Register, and the Orange County Business Journal.

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