Incorporated in 1871, Orange is the only city in Southern California to be built around a central plaza, hence the nickname “plaza city”. Old Towne, Orange Historic District is a one square-mile area around the original plaza featuring many of the original structures built in the 19th century over 100 years ago.

It is a vibrant commercial district, containing Orange County’s oldest operating bank and the oldest operating soda fountain. Old Towne is also home to Chapman University. Architectural styles in Old Towne include Bungalows, Craftsman style, and Spanish Colonial.


ORANGE PARK ACRES: Large parcels, equestrian zoning and trails & custom estates.

EAST ORANGE: Newer construction & larger view homes, newer condos. WEST ORANGE: Older Circa 1940-1950 homes. More condos & town homes in this area.

PRESIDENTIAL TRACK: Smaller single level 3-4 bedroom homes on 6-7,000 sq. ft. lots.

VILLA PARK: Completely surrounded by Orange, Villa Park is a separate smaller city which is served by the Orange School District and city services. Many large custom homes on estate sized lots.

Orange Unified School District

The Orange Unified School district serves all of Orange Silverado & Mojeska Canyon areas and the west part of Anaheim Hills. In 2015, Canyon High School, Cerro Villa Middle School, El Modena High School & El Rancho Charter Middle were winners of the California Gold Distinguished School Award.

2010 Orange Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that Orange had a population of 136,416.
The population density was 5,404.7 people per square mile (2,086.8/km²).

The racial makeup of Orange was:
91,522 (67.1%) White,
2,227 (1.6%) African American,
993 (0.7%) Native American,
15,350 (11.3%) Asian,
352 (0.3%) Pacific Islander,
20,567 (15.1%) from other races, and
5,405 (4.0%) from two or more races
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52,014 persons (38.1%)

The population was spread out with:
32,096 people (23.5%) under the age of 18,
16,420 people (12.0%) aged 18 to 24,
39,574 people (29.0%) aged 25 to 44,
33,698 people (24.7%) aged 45 to 64, and
14,628 people (10.7%) who were 65 years of age or older
The median age was 34.8 years.
For every 100 females there were 101.5 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males

The Census reported that 130,163 people (95.4% of the population) lived in households, 2,587 (1.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 3,666 (2.7%) were institutionalized.
There were 43,367 households, out of which 16,303 (37.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 23,572 (54.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5,260 (12.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,424 (5.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,442 (5.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 373 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 8,480 households (19.6%) were made up of individuals and 3,115 (7.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00. There were 31,256 families (72.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.42.

There were 8,866 housing units at an average density of 1,328.5 per square mile (513.0/km²), of which 7,676 (89.5%) were owner-occupied, and 904 (10.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.4%. 22,095 people (88.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,631 people (10.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Community Events in Orange

Orange International Street Fair: On Labor Day weekend for the past 100 years, the Plaza plays host to this event. Friends, families and neighbors get together to experience a variety of food, music and dance from cultures around the world. The profits from the event go to non-profit charities that help people in the community

3rd of July Fireworks: Activities include interactive games, entertainment, delicious food from our local non-profit groups, a patriotic musical performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale, and a spectacular fireworks display. Located at Fred Kelly Stadium.

Concerts in the Park: Beginning in June and running through the middle of August on Wednesdays music from different genres is featured at the Hart Park Bandshell beginning at 7:30 pm.

Veteran’s Day Celebration: Past veterans and current military are honored with patriotic music and inspirational speeches.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Holiday festivities, tree lighting and Musical Event in the Plaza.

Rental Opportunities in Orange

Orange offers many more opportunities for rental homes, condos and apartments. Near Chapman University and Old Towne Orange however, demand is great due to a lack of student housing. Many owners of single family homes in this area rent to students. Each room can command $750-$1,000 per month. Parking in these areas is restricted.

Most apartment and condo rentals are west of the 55 freeway and near the perimeter of the city. Monthly condo rental in Orange ranges from $1,800 – $2,500 for a 2 bedroom and $1,900 – $2,600 for a 3 bedroom. Single family homes range from $2,600 – $3,500 for a basic 3 bedroom to $2,800 – $4,500 for an executive home in Orange Park Acres.

There are 23 public parks in the city of Orange. Some of the more notable parks are:

Orange County Zoo: The current zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange, and officially opened as the Irvine Park Zoo in 1985. Animals at the zoo are primarily from the Southwestern United States, and include bison, bears, mountain lions, bobcats, ocelots, hawks, owls, sheep, coyotes, vultures & deer. The zoo accepts only animals that cannot be released back into the wild.

Eisenhower Park: This park features barbeques, a two structured tot-lot, plenty of greenspace and a lake for fishing.

Hart Park: There is a swimming pool available for rental, recreational swim, and summertime swim lessons, 2 lighted baseball/softball fields and picnic areas available with 57 tables.

McPherson Athletic Facility: Features 5 non-lighted baseball fields, 4 non-lighted soccer fields and plenty of space for athletic play.

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