Orange County (California)
Orange County is a county in Southern California.
There are many cities in Orange County; here are a few of the major ones.
Comprising of 34 incorporated cities and various unincorporated regions, it has a total population of more than 3 million, and is the fifth largest county in the United States. The population of these cities range from over 300,000 (Santa Ana and Anaheim) to merely 6,200 (Villa Park). Bordering Los Angeles on the north and stretching towards San Diego in the south, and Riverside County on the east. Orange County is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by the Santa Ana Mountains. The area enjoys beautiful beaches and warm weather year round. Orange County has a reputation for being more conservative than the rest of California.
Orange County is in the Pacific Time Zone and practices Daylight Savings Time.
For emergencies in Orange County, dial 911 toll-free from any phone including payphones. Note that dialing 911 from a cell-phone will place you in contact with the California Highway Patrol.
Santa Ana is the county seat.
English and Spanish are the two most common languages spoken in Orange County. Most government agencies will have someone available who speaks Spanish. In North Orange County, many businesses will have someone who speaks Spanish on staff but the further south into Orange one travels, the less likely this will become. Because of the ethnic diversity of Southern California, there are many neighborhoods where other languages are dominant, mostly from Asian countries.
Several freeways provide access to Orange County.
Orange County has quite a niche for award winning dining, signature California cuisine and ethnic specialties. Orange County is a food lover’s haven with close to 5,000 restaurants serving everything from the freshest seafood to exotic delicacies.
Though the Beach Areas of the county are generally safe, localism among surfers can turn violent. It is best to look at a local guidebook to find areas in which this is not a problem. Inland OC is another issue. Though the county is quite safe, street gang activity is common in areas such as east anaheim and the la Jolla and atwood neighborhoods of placentia. It is also wise to stay out of immigrant slums where facilites and other ammenities can be poor at best