Orange County Overview
Orange County is a growing county where incomes are relatively high and continue to rise, racial and ethnic diversity is increasing, and 10 out of 12 employment sectors have grown. Violent crimes rates have decreased in Orange by almost 20% since 2001. In addition, Orange was the only county in the region where the population under 20 has not declined since 2000.
High school graduation rates and educational attainment levels among adults are on the rise in Orange, however state test scores in elementary and middle schools are not on par with state averages, and disparities continue to be seen along economic, racial and ethnic lines. Despite a decline in overall poverty and violent crime, poverty rates among children and reported domestic violence rates are continuing to rise. Housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable as well.
The overviews and data presented in this report serve to highlight positive characteristics that Orange County continues to develop, as well as note the challenges that the community faces, in hopes of helping the community set a firm foundation for continued growth.