Orange County Population

Orange County Population


Aside from the optimal weather conditions and geographic location, the people are what give Orange County its distinct flavor that is not found anywhere else in the world. Over 3 million people thrive within the county limits and identify with a variety of cultures, creeds, and nationalities. And the County is growing. The 1950 population of little over 200,000 people has dramatically increased to the metropolis it is today, and by 2030 it is estimated that there will be over 3.6 million people living their day to day lives in Orange County (figure 2).

Figure Orange County population trends and projections (source: Center for Demographic Research, http://www.fullerton.edu/cdr/city.asp)

The political atmosphere is largely conservative according to the 2008 voter registrar (figure 3). It is also important to note that a mere 50% of the population registered to vote, which leaves half of the population’s political orientation unknown. Based on 2000 census data, slightly over half of the population identified as white, about a third is Hispanic, a sixth is Asian and Pacific Islander, one percent identified as Black, and three percent identified themselves with another race or ethnicity (figure 4).





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