Orange, California Population 2020

138,816

Orange is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 138,816, it is the 42nd largest city in California and the 198th largest city in the United States. Orange is currently declining at a rate of -0.24% annually but its population has increased by 1.76% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 136,416 in 2010. Orange reached it's highest population of 140,434 in 2016. Spanning over 26 miles, Orange has a population density of 5,409 people per square mile.

The average household income in Orange is $111,468 with a poverty rate of 12.95%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,735 per month, and the median house value is $635,500. The median age in Orange is 35.2 years, 34.4 years for males, and 35.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.2 males.

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: 70.67%
  • Asian: 11.93%
  • Other race: 11.62%
  • Two or more races: 3.36%
  • Black or African American: 1.81%
  • Native American: 0.46%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Orange, California is 138,816, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 139,484.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 136,416.

Orange, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White98,85470.67%
Asian16,68711.93%
Some Other Race16,25811.62%
Two or More Races4,7023.36%
Black or African American2,5251.81%
American Indian and Alaska Native6470.46%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2000.14%

Orange Population Pyramid 2020

Orange Median Age

35.2


Total

34.4


Male

35.9


Female

Orange Adults

There are 109,481 adults, (16,794 of whom are seniors) in Orange.

Orange Age Dependency

50.9

Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Orange Sex Ratio

Female

70,558

50.44%

Male

69,315

49.56%

Orange Households and Families

Orange Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Orange Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.4%29.6%
All57.4%42.6%
Non Family42.7%57.3%
Female42.4%57.6%
Male37.3%62.7%

57.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All42,9693.0957.4
Married23,3943.5970.4
Non Family11,8211.6142.7
Female5,3493.842.4
Male2,4053.8937.3

3.48

Average Family Size

3.09

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Orange Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,5087.05%
9th to 12th Grade6,5347.08%
High School Graduate17,60019.08%
Some College20,51822.24%
Associates Degree7,4268.05%
Bachelors Degree22,84024.75%
Graduate Degree10,84011.75%

Orange Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White45,92544,20219,562
Hispanic30,61020,7615,555
Asian12,49911,2717,285
Other Race9,2776,0711,382
Multiple Races1,6871,596729
Black1,6401,439537
Native American392309107
Islander15515563

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 58.28%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$45,495$50,809$41,581
Less Than High School$24,643$26,267$19,213
High School Grad$32,183$34,929$28,051
Some College$43,224$50,641$37,088
Bachelors Degree$62,644$72,101$53,442
Graduate Degree$82,743$96,355$72,188

$45,495

Average Earnings

$50,809

Average Male

$41,581

Average Female

Orange Language

Orange Language by Age

Orange Language

60.49% of Orange residents speak only English, while 39.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 27.70% of the population.

Orange Poverty

Orange Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic50,6728,72017.21%
White60,3996,09610.09%
Other15,6343,36821.54%
Asian16,1421,5899.84%
Multiple4,47073016.33%
Black2,15422110.26%
Native619538.56%
Islander1962211.22%

12.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.18%

Male Poverty Rate

14.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orange

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orange is Other, with 21.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orange is Native, with 8.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.05%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.22%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.28%
High School11.37%
Some College6.37%
Bachelors or Greater5.39%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed28.82%
Male Unemployed24.19%
Female Employed7.19%
Male Employed5.96%

Orange Income

Orange Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$86,027$111,468
Families$96,510$122,273
Married Families$110,423$138,178
Non Families$51,471$73,076

Orange Marital Status

Orange Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.6%

Male Marriage Rate

45.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Orange Married by Age and Sex

Orange Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Orange Marital Status by Race

Orange Veterans

4,510

Number of Veterans

4,135

Male Veterans

375

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,729
First Gulf War691
Second Gulf War690
Korea648
World War II251
Age Group Veterans
75+1,342
65 to 741,133
35 to 54909
55 to 64715
18 to 34411
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,9114.94%
Hispanic7221.94%
Asian2481.78%
Black1336.25%
Other1121.00%
2 or More743.12%
Indian183.54%
Hawaiian147.00%

$Orange Veterans by Education

4.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orange Employment Status

64.8%

Labor Force Participation

61.4%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Orange Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.23%

Born in California

76.81%

Native Born

23.19%

Foreign Born

11.60%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.81% of Orange residents were born in the United States, with 59.23% having been born in California. 11.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020138,816-334-0.24%
2019139,150-334-0.24%
2018139,484-616-0.44%
2017140,100-334-0.24%
2016140,4341210.09%
2015140,3131,1240.81%
2014139,189-516-0.37%
2013139,7056350.46%
2012139,0708630.62%
2011138,2071,4451.06%
2010136,7627,8940.60%
2000128,86818,2101.54%
1990110,65819,2081.92%
198091,45014,0851.69%
197077,36550,92111.33%
196026,44416,41710.18%
195010,0272,1262.41%
19407,901-165-0.21%
19308,0663,1825.14%
19204,8841,9645.28%
19102,9201,7049.16%
19001,2163503.45%
18908661872.46%
18806790.00%