Orange County Cities

Local cities guide

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Orange County

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Explore the beauty and local charm of Orange County and its surrounding neighborhoods.


A community where people can live, work and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and beautiful.

Irvine is one of the world’s largest and premier master-planned communities, encompassing 66 square miles in the heart of Orange County, California.  The city is culturally diverse with approximately 260,000 residents.  Irvine was ranked among the Best Places to Live in America in Money Magazine in 2016.  Irvine is recognized as one of the safest cities in the country with a great school system and highly ranked schools and home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University.

Irvine is also a growing business hub with a number of technology and semiconductor corporations headquartered in the city.  Irvine features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, and is home to the Orange County Great Park. 

Newport Beach

Tourism draws millions of visitors to the beauty of Newport Beach each year.

The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County, with Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego County to the south.  Newport Beach is known for its stunning beaches, high-priced residential homes, modern shopping facilities, a vibrant business community, and a great school system.   The city has an estimated permanent population of 87,000, but the population grows to more than 100,000 with 20,000 to 100,000 tourists daily during the summer months as a result of tourism, which is an integral part of Newport Beach.

 The mild climate and beautiful beaches draw millions of visitors to Newport Beach each year.  Popular attractions in the Newport Beach area include Corona del Mar State Beach, the man-made Balboa Island, historic Balboa Village, Newport Pier, the beautiful Sherman Library and Gardens, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Fashion Island, and so much more.  As a popular coastal city with an abundance of water activities, its residents and visitors alike enjoy the outstanding beach, fishing, surfing, and a multitude of other aquatic activities. 

Newport Beach is home to one of the largest pleasure-boat harbors in the world with approximately 4,300 boats of all types docked within the 21-square-mile harbor area. 

The University of California, Irvine, is immediately northeast. 

Laguna Niguel

A suburb with a soul

The city of Laguna Niguel is an affluent suburban city in the southeastern part of Orange County, located in the San Joaquin Hills.  It is about about 25 miles southeast of Anaheim, 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and 70 miles northwest of San Diego.  It is a coastal city next to the Pacific Ocean and borders the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and San Juan Capistrano. 

Laguna Niguel features one of the largest, most extensive parks systems of any Orange County city. Known for its miles of trails, it is a desirable place for joggers and runners. With over one-third of its total area designated as open space, Laguna Niguel is home to several regional parks, including Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park and Badlands Park. The Niguel Botanical Preserve is an 18-acre botanical garden located within Crown Valley Community Park.  Overall, the City also has two community parks, 23 neighborhood parks, three mini-parks, one dog park, two small county parks, and the Skate & Soccer Park. 

Residents enjoy the free Summer Concerts Series held at Crown Valley Park and the Halloween Haunted Trails scare, the annual Echoes & Visions Juried Fine Art Show, and the winter Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade featuring marching bands, equestrian shows, and more.

Laguna Niguel residents are served by the Capistrano Unified School District. Seven elementary schools and one middle school are located in the City. The high schools serving Laguna Niguel students are located in Dana Point and Aliso Viejo. Saddleback College is a community college located within a few miles of Laguna Niguel.

Mission Viejo

Make living your mission

Mission Viejo is a city in Orange County, California in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest successful master-planned communities ever built in the United States.  The city is suburban in nature and culture and is known for its tree-lined neighborhoods, receiving recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city’s name is a reference to Rancho Mission Viejo, a large Spanish land grant from which the community was founded.  There are approximately 100,000 residents who call the city home.

There are approximately two parks per square mile, offering plenty of green space and nature for residents of the city. Residents enjoy more than 20 miles of recreational trails through green spaces in Mission Viejo including Arroyo Trabuco Trail, Oso Creek Trail, and Wilderness Glen.  In the center of the city is the popular Lake Mission Viejo, a private amenity for residents within the Lake Mission Viejo Association boundaries.  

Education is serviced by the Capistrano Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Saddleback College. There are two major shopping districts in the area including The Shops at Mission Viejo and Kaleidoscope Center.


The City of Trees

Tustin is a city rich in history, much of it still seen in the Old Town district with its historic buildings, some dating back to the 1880s, which are found on Main Street and El Camino Real. The city is located next to the county seat, Santa Ana, and does not include North Tustin.

Tustin’s motto, “The City of Trees” describes the many trees that line the streets throughout the city making a tour through Tustin’s streets a pleasant and tranquil drive. Tustin is a city that is proud of its small-town heritage. Residents cherish their citrus, pepper, palm, pine, oak, and eucalyptus trees, the view of nearby hills, and the small-town atmosphere. 

Old Town is home to several historic structures, including the Knights of Pythias building that housed Tustin’s first City Hall. The Tustin Area Museum is located on El Camino Real in historic downtown Tustin. The museum carries an extensive collection of artifacts, books, and photos from Tustin’s early days.

Education is provided by the Tustin Unified School District.

Lake Forest

Remember the past, challenge the future.

The City of Lake Forest is located in the heart of South Orange County and the beautiful Saddleback Valley and has expanded to include the master-planned communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills.  In the early 1900s, a resident named Dwight Whiting planted 400 acres of fast-growing eucalyptus trees and in the 1960s, a master-planned community was built around the abundant trees and man-made lakes. The eucalyptus trees provided landscaping for the new modern homes and led to the “Forest” in Lake Forest.

Lake Forest has the charm of a small community with the convenience of a large metropolitan city. The city is suited to family living with lakefront homes, equestrian estates, luxury condominiums, townhomes, mobile home parks, and retirement communities. Lake Forest’s 30 public parks and the Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park offer acres of great outdoor pleasure.

Quality public school is serviced by The Tustin Unified School District and higher education is only minutes away from the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, Chapman University, Concordia University, Saddleback, and Irvine Valley Community Colleges.

The Orange County Airport and an Amtrak station are only minutes away.

Aliso Viejo

Live life inspired.

Aliso Viejo is a popular place to live with award-winning schools, attractive neighborhoods, and fabulous shopping, dining, and entertainment.  It is a master-planned community with picturesque rolling hillsides, mountains, and streams balanced with a great mix of business and residential neighborhoods full of parks and amenities. The city is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities and best places to live in the nation. Residents of Aliso Viejo enjoy access to the perennial favorite Orange County trail system. Wood Canyon Wilderness Park is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, along with mature oaks, sycamore, elderberry trees, and year-round streams. The abundance of parks and trails and recreational activities offered by the city enhance the quality of life for a community with a vision to “live life inspired.” Capistrano Unified School District provides great public education to students with 11 primary and secondary schools and boasts one of the highest-rated schools, Aliso Niguel High School.

Yorba Linda

A land of gracious living

Yorba Linda, known as the “Land of Gracious Living,” is a city located in north Orange County with a strong sense of community and small-town character.  Yorba Linda is recognized as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” in the United States with exceptional quality of life. 

The city is comprised of 20 square miles of residential family neighborhoods, bustling commercial centers, and many recreational parks, open space, trails, and historical buildings. The Richard Nixon Library and the Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch Museum call it home as well as the Equestrian Center and Black Gold Golf Club among many other amenities. 

Yorba Linda boasts safe neighborhoods, high property values, and award-winning schools.  Residents praise the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District for top-notch academics.

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