Orange, California Population 2021

137,109
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Orange is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 137,109, it is the 43rd largest city in California and the 201st largest city in the United States. Orange is currently declining at a rate of -0.57% annually but its population has increased by 0.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 136,416 in 2010. Orange reached it's highest population of 140,581 in 2016. Spanning over 26 miles, Orange has a population density of 5,342 people per square mile.

The average household income in Orange is $117,638 with a poverty rate of 12.14%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,806 per month, and the median house value is $656,100. The median age in Orange is 35.2 years, 34.9 years for males, and 35.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.7 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: 72.00%
  • Asian: 11.85%
  • Other race: 10.08%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Black or African American: 1.72%
  • Native American: 0.44%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.43%
The current population of Orange, California is 137,109, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 139,449.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 136,416.

Orange, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White100,71272.00%
Asian16,57111.85%
Some Other Race14,10710.08%
Two or More Races4,8743.48%
Black or African American2,4041.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native6130.44%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6060.43%
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Orange Population by Race

Orange Population Pyramid 2021

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Orange Median Age

35.2


Total

34.9


Male

35.7


Female

Orange Adults

There are 110,046 adults, (17,076 of whom are seniors) in Orange.

Orange Age Dependency

50.5

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Orange Sex Ratio

Female

70,404

50.33%

Male

69,483

49.67%

Orange Population by Age

Orange Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Orange Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.4%29.6%
All57.9%42.1%
Non Family42.7%57.3%
Female41.4%58.6%
Male38.1%61.9%

57.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Orange Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All43,0753.0857.9
Married24,2273.5970.4
Non Family11,5551.5842.7
Female5,1143.741.4
Male2,1793.8238.1

3.48

Average Family Size

3.08

Average Household Size

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Orange Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,4786.95%
9th to 12th Grade6,7077.20%
High School Graduate16,94418.19%
Some College20,75022.27%
Associates Degree7,1907.72%
Bachelors Degree23,80425.55%
Graduate Degree11,28812.12%
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Orange Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Orange Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White45,61843,91920,438
Hispanic31,91121,8396,063
Asian12,51211,3157,365
Other Race8,7555,8291,361
Multiple Races1,7611,656765
Black1,4991,320483
Native American411317112
Islander292292124

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 58.86%.

Orange Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,001$52,007$43,423
Less Than High School$24,424$26,404$19,806
High School Grad$32,495$38,518$27,956
Some College$45,015$50,364$40,364
Bachelors Degree$62,537$73,128$54,099
Graduate Degree$88,322$101,525$80,813

$48,001

Average Earnings

$52,007

Average Male

$43,423

Average Female

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Orange Language by Age

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Orange Language

60.44% of Orange residents speak only English, while 39.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 28.04% of the population.

Orange Language

Orange Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic51,4098,31916.18%
White59,6375,5259.26%
Other13,3681,85813.90%
Asian15,9891,5679.80%
Multiple4,56471215.60%
Black2,0771889.05%
Native570396.84%
Islander601264.33%

12.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.68%

Male Poverty Rate

13.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orange

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orange is Hispanic, with 16.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orange is Islander, with 4.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.44%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.65%.

Orange Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.92%
High School10.82%
Some College5.45%
Bachelors or Greater4.60%

Orange Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed20.35%
Male Unemployed19.34%
Female Employed6.86%
Male Employed5.76%

Orange Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Orange Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$91,793$117,638
Families$103,035$129,299
Married Families$119,439$144,944
Non Families$53,813$75,651
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Income by Household Type

Orange Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

46.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Orange Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Orange Marital Status by Race

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Orange Marital Status

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4,340

Number of Veterans

3,976

Male Veterans

364

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,510
Second Gulf War826
First Gulf War772
Korea529
World War II234

Orange Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,290
65 to 741,020
35 to 54960
55 to 64623
18 to 34447

Orange Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7274.65%
Hispanic7421.92%
Asian2761.94%
Other1221.18%
Black1085.41%
2 or More682.75%
Indian234.86%
Hawaiian163.64%

Orange Veterans by Race

Orange Veterans by Education

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4.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orange Veterans by Education

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64.9%

Labor Force Participation

62%

Employment Rate

4.4%

Unemployment Rate

Orange Employment by Age

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Orange Employment by Race

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Orange Employment by Education

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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59.95%

Born in California

77.18%

Native Born

22.82%

Foreign Born

11.43%

Non Citizen

11.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.18% of Orange residents were born in the United States, with 59.95% having been born in California. 11.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Orange Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021137,109-780-0.57%
2020137,889-780-0.56%
2019138,669-780-0.56%
2018139,449-802-0.57%
2017140,251-330-0.23%
2016140,581780.06%
2015140,5031,0790.77%
2014139,424-548-0.39%
2013139,9726000.43%
2012139,3728330.60%
2011138,5391,4361.05%
2010137,1038,2350.62%
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%

Orange Population by Year