Orange County might be the most well-known county in the U.S. It even has had TV shows that make it the focus, including “The OC” in the early 2000s and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” as well as its own movie titled, “Orange County.” But many people may wonder, “where is Orange County in California?”
Orange County is a small county on the Pacific Coast of California, just south of Los Angeles County and just north of San Diego County. Despite its small physical size, it is the third-largest county in California, with more than 3 million people, which also makes it the sixth-largest county in the U.S.
Most large counties in California and elsewhere have a major city as their population center, but that is not the case with Orange County. It is largely a series of suburbs of Los Angeles in the north and San Diego in the south. The largest city in the county is Anaheim with about 350,000 people. Anaheim is best-known as the home of Disneyland as well as the home of the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. Other large cities in Orange County include Santa Ana, Irvine and Huntington Beach.
Because of its location in Southern California on the coast, Orange County has a very warm Mediterranean climate, which, combined with its 42 miles of beaches, makes it a very desirable place to live. Those natural attractions, combined with its other man-made attractions, also make it a tourist mecca.
Despite not being home to a major city, Orange County is a notable county not only in California, but in the U.S. as well.