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  • Orange County, California

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    Orange County is a county in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,010,232, making it the third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the United States, and more populous than 21 U.S. states. Its county seat is Santa Ana. It is the second most densely populated county in the state, behind San Francisco County. The county's four largest cities by population, Anaheim, Santa Ana (county seat), Irvine, and Huntington Beach, each have a population exceeding 200,000. Several of Orange County's cities are on the Pacific Ocean western coast, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente. Orange County is included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thirty-four incorporated towns and cities are in the county; the newest is Aliso Viejo, which was incorporated in 2001. Anaheim was the first city, incorporated in 1870, when the region was still part of neighboring Los Angeles County. Whereas most population centers in the United States tend to be identified by a major city with a large downtown central business district (CBD), Orange County has no single major downtown / CBD or dominant urban center. Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Irvine all have smaller high-rise CBDs, and other, older cities like Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, and Orange have traditional American downtowns without high-rises. The county's northern and central portions are heavily urbanized and fairly dense, despite the prevalence of the single-family home as a dominant land use. Its southern portion is more suburban, with less density and limited urbanization. There are several "edge city"-style developments, such as Irvine Business Center, Newport Center, and South Coast Metro. Orange County is part of the "Tech Coast". The county is a tourist center, with attractions like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and several popular beaches along its more than of coastline. For much of the 20th century and up until 2016, it was known for its political conservatism; a 2005 academic study listed three Orange County cities as among America's 25 most conservative. But in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to carry Orange County in a presidential election since 1936, and in the 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Party gained control of every Congressional seat in the county.

  • Orange County Men's Central Jail escape

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    On January 22, 2016, three inmates of the Orange County Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana, California escaped from the jail's maximum-security unit by climbing through the plumbing pipes and ascending to the roof. They stole a utility van in Los Angeles from a private seller and a taxicab, taking the driver hostage, and drove to San Jose. One inmate, Bac Duong, went along with the hostage driver back to southern California and surrendered to police in Santa Ana on January 29. The other two inmates, Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu, were arrested in San Francisco on January 30. Multiple people were arrested for allegedly aiding the inmates to escape, including a jail teacher.

  • Orange Coast

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    Cities of Orange County The Orange Coast is the string of cities and neighborhoods fronting the Pacific Coast in Orange County, California. The most significant cities from north to south are Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. The Orange Coast is also known for its beach communities, which are Surfside (Seal Beach), Sunset Beach (Huntington Beach), Balboa Island (Newport Beach), Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar (Newport Beach), Newport Coast (Newport Beach), South Laguna (Laguna Beach), Monarch Beach (Dana Point) and Capistrano Beach (Dana Point). The term South Coast is often used synonymously for the coastal communities south of Long Beach, and especially for those areas south of the Santa Ana River (although there exist many other definitions and common uses of South Coast). Many local businesses and institutions have adopted these names, such as Orange Coast College, the Orange Coast Daily Pilot, South Coast Repertory and South Coast Plaza (all based in Costa Mesa). In household use, however, they may be simply referred to as "the beach cities."

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