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What started out as 3.8 square miles of land in 1952, grew to 8.3 square miles in 1960. In the 1950s, the population almost tripled going from 10,027 to 26,444 people. It more than doubled that size in 1970 with a population of 77,374. In other words, the city of Orange was fast growing. Many homes were built prior to 1920, making this city quite unique since other cities in the area tore down old homes.

 

The Tongva and Juaneno/Luiseno people inhabited this area for a long time. The Spanish Empire, however, granted 62,500 acres to Jose Antonio Yorba in 1801. He named that area Rancho San Antonio. This massive acreage now includes cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

 

In 1809, the Spanish colonial government granted Don Juan Pablo Grijalva permission to establish a rancho in “the place of the Arroyo de Santiago.” Grijalva was the area’s first landowner.

 

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848 and many lost titles to their lands in the aftermath of the Mexican-Amerian War but Grijalva’s descendants were able to hold to their titles because of marriages to Anglo-Americans.

 

Less than 20 years later, two attorneys Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell had about 5,400 acres together and separately. Glassell needed land for irrigation, bringing water down from the Santa Ana Canyon. The rich soil in the area surely swayed his preference for this area. The soil was so rich, in fact, that the original community was called Richland. However, in 1873, a new name was given. When the town grew so much that it needed a post office, an application was sent to Washington but it was denied since there was already a Richmond, California in Sacramento County. A new name, Orange, was proposed and accepted and a small town was born on April 6th, 1888.

 

When the transcontinental rail line arrived in Orange County, the city of Orange was the first developed town site to be served. During the “Orange Era”, where California-grown citrus fruits were in full abundance, the town’s population grew exponentially.

 

Between the real estate “boom” that took place between 1886 and 1888 and the railroad rate wars, the population continued to grow. When a second real estate “boom” took place in the 1950s, another growth spurt took place in the city of Orange and from then until the early 1970s, large tracts of housing were developed. Today, the growth trend continues even though it’s at a slower pace.

 

The median household income is 91,793 as of 2019.

Population: Approximately 139,887 as of 2019

 

Well Known Places near Orange

Victoria Beach

Pirate Tower

Great Balloon Park

Bower’s Museum and Bower’s Kidseum

 

Fact Sheet

It’s the only city in Orange County that was built around a plaza, which gave it the tag name of Plaza City.

The city is 40 minutes away from Los Angeles.

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      714-997-6384
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      714-532-8043
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      714-997-6181
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      714-997-6207
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      714-997-6155
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      714-997-6201
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      714-997-6283
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      714-997-6271
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      714-997-6157
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      714-628-5479
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      714-997-6254
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      714-997-6277
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      714-637-8218
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      714-997-6104
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      714-997-6103
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      714-997-6167
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      714-634-8118
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      714-997-6384
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      714-532-8043
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      714-997-6161
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      714-997-6361
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      714-997-6384
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      714-628-5479
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      714-997-6361
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      714-628-5479
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      714-997-6167
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      714-997-6366
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      714-997-6240
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      714-628-5479
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      714-997-6211
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