Orange, California Population 2022

140,611
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Orange is a city located in Orange County California. With a 2020 population of 140,611, it is the 43rd largest city in California and the 206th largest city in the United States. Orange is currently growing at a rate of 0.25% annually and its population has increased by 0.50% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 139,911 in 2020. Spanning over 26 miles, Orange has a population density of 5,479 people per square mile.

The average household income in Orange is $117,638 with a poverty rate of 10.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,857 per month, and the median house value is $680,300. The median age in Orange is 35.2 years, 34.9 years for males, and 35.7 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 Orangewas:

  • White: 68.64%
  • Asian: 12.52%
  • Other race: 9.29%
  • Two or more races: 7.02%
  • Black or African American: 1.51%
  • Native American: 0.64%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.36%
The current population of Orange, California is 140,611 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 139,911.

Orange, California Population 2022

Population by Race

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Orange Median Age

36.2


Total

35.7


Male

36.8


Female

Orange Adults

There are 110,590 adults, (19,189 of whom are seniors) in Orange.

Orange Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Child Dependency Ratio

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Female

69,147

49.63%

Male

70,175

50.37%

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59.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Orange Households and Families

3.48

Average Family Size

3.04

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.28%.

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$49,568

Average Earnings

$52,062

Average Male

$45,985

Average Female

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61.06% of Orange residents speak only English, while 38.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.92% of the population.

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10.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.89%

Male Poverty Rate

11.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orange

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orange is Hispanic, with 13.65% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.10%.

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Income by Household Type

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Marriage Rates

47.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.7%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

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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 45-54.

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4,213

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

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5.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.18%

Veteran Disability Rate

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

62.8%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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60.65%

Born in Orange

77.73%

Native Born

22.27%

Foreign Born

9.88%

Non Citizen

12.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.73% of Orange residents were born in the United States, with 60.65% having been born in California. 9.88% 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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