Orange, California Population 2024

133,944

Orange is a city located in Orange County California. Orange has a 2024 population of 133,944. Orange is currently declining at a rate of -0.83% annually and its population has decreased by -3.93% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 139,428 in 2020.

The average household income in Orange is $145,649 with a poverty rate of 9.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Orange is 36.5 years, 35.9 years for males, and 37.2 years for females.

Orange is located in Orange County, California roughly 3 miles north of Santa Ana, the county seat, and 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Orange is somewhat unique for the region, due to a large number of the homes in its Old Town District having been built prior to 1920. Many neighboring cities in the region decided to demolish such houses in the 1960s, yet Orange decided against, instead preserving them. Orange County is California's second most populous county and part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area with a combined population of more than 13 million.

Diversity

Of the foreign-born population in Orange County, about half are from Latin America and about 35% are from Asia. Mexicans alone account for 40% of the foreign-born population.

Population Growth

In 1900, just 2 years after Orange’s incorporation in 1888, the population stood at 1,216. This would grow steadily, at a respectable rate, until around the 1950s, when a second real estate boom saw increased development.

Due in part to the large freeway system that connected Los Angeles with its outlying areas like Orange, large housing developments grew from the 1950s to the early 1970s, and continue to do so, albeit at a decreased pace. The population of Orange had increased by over 700% in this time, going from slightly over 10,000 in 1970 to 77,365 in 1970.

Orange County's population growth has slowed dramatically in recent years and is now far slower than the national pace (https://www.ocregister.com/2019/04/18/orange-county-adds-6018-people-as-population-growth-slows-to-one-third-the-national-pace/).

The first European settlement in the area was built in 1776 in Alta California, New Spain. 25 years later in 1801, José Antonio Yorba was granted land which he named Rancho San Antonio. This large rancho included modern-day Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.

The land comprising Alta California was ceded to the U.S. after the Mexican-American War in 1848. A townsite under the name Richland was set up to build an irrigation spot along the Santiago Creek to bring water down from the canyon.

In 1873, an application was sent for a post office. The town was refused a post office as there was one under the same name Richland in California near Sacramento. This is when the town's name was changed to Orange.

The small town of Orange was incorporated in April of 1888, and at the time earned the nickname Plaza City, as it was the only city in the county built around a plaza. It was then the first developed town site to be served by the California Southern Railroad when the United States’ transcontinental rail line made it to Orange County.

Orange saw its first major boost to the population at the turn of the century due to rising demand for California citrus fruit. Like the majority of cities in Orange County, the local economy was shaped by the agriculture industry.

Orange Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Orange was:

  • White: 58.21%
  • Two or more races: 13.56%
  • Asian: 13.26%
  • Other race: 12.18%
  • Black or African American: 1.53%
  • Native American: 0.86%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.41%
Land Area (mi²)
25.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
5,218.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.93% (-5,484)
The current population of Orange, California is 133,944 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 139,428.

Orange, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White80,75858.21%
Two or more races18,81113.56%
Asian18,39313.26%
Other race16,90012.18%
Black or African American2,1161.53%
Native American1,1880.86%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander5620.41%
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White

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

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Orange Population Pyramid 2024

Orange Median Age

36.5

Total

35.9

Male

37.2

Female

Orange Adults

There are 110,328 adults, (20,052 of whom are seniors) in Orange.

Orange Age Dependency

53.7

Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Orange Sex Ratio

Female67,81948.89%
Male70,90951.11%

Orange Population by Age

Orange Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All44,3362.9858.941.1
Married23,7323.5371.428.6
Non Family12,9451.544.755.3
Female5,1583.7945.754.3
Male2,5013.6640.359.7
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3.44

Average Family Size

2.98

Average Household Size

58.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Orange Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Orange Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Orange Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.87%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.06%.

Orange Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$57,036

Average Earnings

$62,941

Average Male

$51,508

Average Female

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Orange Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Orange Language

61.62% of Orange residents speak only English, while 38.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.15% of the population.

Orange Language

Orange Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic51,5086,00911.67%
White55,0434,2667.75%
Other16,2892,09012.83%
Multiple18,0571,2987.19%
Asian17,6331,1756.66%
Native1,11616414.7%
Black1,7081227.14%
Islander557183.23%
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9.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.58%

Male Poverty Rate

10.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orange

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orange is Native, with 14.7% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orange is Islander, with 3.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.06%.

Orange Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.06%
High School9.71%
Some College5.76%
Bachelors or Greater4.01%
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Orange Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed19.98%
Female Unemployed13.68%
Female Employed4.87%
Male Employed3.64%
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Orange Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Orange Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

46.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Orange Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Orange Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Orange Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

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Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,120

Number of Veterans

3,878

Male Veterans

242

Female Veterans

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Orange Veterans by War

count

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Orange Veterans by Age

count

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Orange Veterans by Race

Orange Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

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LaborForceParticipation

66.1%

Labor Force Participation

63%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

Orange Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Orange Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Orange Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

62.04%

Born in Orange

78.42%

Native Born

21.58%

Foreign Born

8.79%

Non Citizen

12.79%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.42% of Orange residents were born in the United States, with 62.04% having been born in California. 8.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029128,359-1,117-0.86%
2028129,476-1,117-0.86%
2027130,593-1,117-0.85%
2026131,710-1,117-0.84%
2025132,827-1,117-0.83%
2024133,944-1,117-0.83%
2023135,061-1,117-0.82%
2022136,178-1,117-0.81%
2021137,295-2,133-1.53%
2020139,4282970.21%
2019139,131-701-0.5%
2018139,832-35-0.03%
2017139,8671490.11%
2016139,718-306-0.22%
2015140,0243490.25%
2014139,675-107-0.08%
2013139,7827380.53%
2012139,0447720.56%
2011138,2721,2630.92%
2010137,0098,1416.32%
2000128,86818,21016.46%
1990110,65819,20821%
198091,45014,08518.21%
197077,36550,921192.56%
196026,44416,417163.73%
195010,0272,12626.91%
19407,901-165-2.05%
19308,0663,18265.15%
19204,8841,96467.26%
19102,9201,704140.13%
19001,21635040.42%
189086618727.54%
1880679
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Orange Population by Year