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Laguna Beach

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Laguna Beach
      County FIPS: 
    33°31′53″N 117°46′9″W
      Area total: 
    9.86 sq mi (25.55 km²)
      Area land: 
    8.89 sq mi (23.04 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.97 sq mi (2.51 km²)
    20 ft (6 m)
    1887; Incorporated (city) June 29, 1927
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,300 residents per square mile of area (900/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for its mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation efforts, and artist community. Laguna Beach was settled in the 1870s, officially founded in 1887, and in 1927 its current government was incorporated as a city. The city has remained relatively isolated from urban encroachment by its surrounding hills, limited highway access, and dedicated greenbelt. Tourism is the primary industry with an estimated six million people visiting the community annually. Large annual events include the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, Bluewater Music Festival, and Kelpfest. In 1933, the first fossilized skull of a paleoindian found in California was uncovered during construction on St. Ann's Drive. The first museum opened in 1918 and later became the first art gallery in the city. Starting in 1913, dozens of silent films were made at local coves with Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and others. Due to its proximity to Hollywood, Laguna also became a favorite location for filming of The Pickford Act in 1936 and The Fairbanks brothers' The Great Escape in 1940. The film was directed by Roy Ropp, who later went on to direct The Godfather, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lord of the Rings, among other films. The City of Laguna was named after the Laguna, Spanish for "Lagoon".


Laguna Beach was the site of a prehistoric paleoindian civilization. The indigenous people of the Laguna Beach area were the Tongva. The area of Laguna Canyon was named on an 1841 Mexican land grant map as Cañada de las Lagunas (English: Glen of the Lagoons) After the MexicanAmerican War ended in 1848, the area of Alta California was ceded to the United States. The first permanent homestead in the area was occupied by the George and Sarah Thurston family of Utah on 152 acres (62 ha) of Aliso Creek Canyon. In 1876, the brothers William and Lorenzo Nathan "Nate" Brooks purchased tracts of land in Bluebird Canyon at present-day Diamond Street. They subdivided their land, built homes and initiated the small community of Arch Beach. The city officially founded a post office in 1887 under the name Lagona, but the postmaster in 1904, Nicholas Isch, successfully petitioned for a name correction to Laguna. The arrival of painters, photographers, filmmakers, and writers established Laguna beach as a noted artist community. Due to its proximity to Hollywood, Laguna also became a favorite filming location. Many creative, bohemian, and wealthy people have added to the local culture by providing a theme for the local theme park. The town has experienced steady growth since that time, rising from 1,900 residents in 1927 to more than 10,000 in 1962, becoming four times larger in area.


The city of Laguna Beach has a total area of 25.4 km² (9.8 sq mi), of which 22.9km² (8.8sq mi) is land. Its coastline is 7 mi (11 km) long and includes 27 beaches and coves. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, Crystal Cove State Park and the city of Newport Beach on the northwest, Laguna Woods on the northeast, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel on the east, and Dana Point on the southeast. The town's highest point, at an elevation of 1,007 feet (307 m), is Temple Hill in the Top of the World neighborhood. The natural landscape of beaches, rocky bluffs, and craggy canyons have been noted as sources of inspiration for plein air painters and landscape photographers since the early 1900s. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a 7,000-acre (2,800 ha) wilderness area in the hills surrounding the city. This park features coastal canyon, ridgeline views, and the only natural lakes in Orange County. Wildlife that can be found on Laguna beach includes the Lined Shore Crab, Black Oystercatchers, Barred Sand Bass, Spiny Lobsters and the Great White Egret. The city has a mild Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year. The average daily high temperature ranges from 68 °F (20 °C) in January to 80 °F [27 °C] in August.


The 2010 U.S. Census reported that 22,723 people, 10,821 households, and 5,791 families resided in the city. The racial makeup of Laguna Beach was 90.9% White (85.7% non-Hispanic White), 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 1.51% from other races, and 2.9%. The city had a median household income of $94,325, with 6.3 per cent of the population living below the federal poverty line. The median age of the city was 50.6 years, and for every 100 females, there were 100.6 males. The average household size was 2.09, and the average family size was2.69. The city has a crime rate of an average of 2.8 per cent, and a murder rate of 1.7 per cent. The population was distributed as 16.1% under the age of 18, 4.8%. aged 18 to 24, 23.4%. aged 25 to 44, 37.4% aged 45 to 64, and 18.3%. who were 65 years of age or older. According to a 2007 estimate, the city's median income for a household in 2007 was $90,017, with the family income at $146,562. The per capita income for the city for the same year was $58,732, with a per capita incomes for a family of $66,221.

Arts and culture

The Laguna Art Museum is rooted in the development of Laguna Beach as an art community. The Pageant of the Masters, founded in 1933, is held annually during the summer months. The Art-A-Fair began in 1966, built an exhibition site in 1977 and exhibits juried works of 125 artists from outside the area. Laguna is also home to the annual Bluewater Music Festival, and Kelpfest held on Earth Day, to raise awareness of the importance that kelp plays in ocean habitat. The Laguna Playhouse is noted as the "oldest continuously running theatre on the west coast" and provides professional stage productions in its 420-seat Moulton Theater. The Irvine Bowl is a 2600-seat amphitheater used for the Pageant and for occasional concerts. The annual Plein Air Painting Invitational is held in October. Some of North America's plein air landscape painters are invited to participate in the week-long events including public paint outs, artist meet and greets, and educational activities. Thelaguna Beach Arts Commission sponsors a weekly Summer Concert in the Park series at Bluebird Park and Heisler Park. The laguna Beach Chamber Music Society holds an annual chamber music festival during the winter season. It is also the home of the annual Summer Music Festival and the Laguna Music Festival in July and August of each year. The festival is held on a dedicated 3-acre (1.2-hectare) site. It exhibits non-juried crafts and arts.


Laguna Beach has a surfing history centered on a five-block stretch of rocky reefs. The Brooks Street Surfing Classic, begun in 1955, is a "contender for the world's longest running surf competition" The Laguna Open Volleyball Tournament began in 1955 and is the second oldest volleyball tournament in the United States. The 'Vic' Skimboarding World Championship is held at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. It is the longest running skim boarding contest on the pro circuit. It has included several Olympic gold medalists, including Chris Marlowe, Dusty Dvorak, Scott Fortune, Dain Blanton and Gene Selznick, who won the first seven competitions. The competition is held only when peak swell conditions occur during a four-month-long window in the summer and has been held 52 times from 1955 to 2015. Participation is open only tolaguna Beach residents. Notable participants have included Hobie Alter, Mickey Munoz, and Tom Morey. The tournament is open to the public, but only Laguna residents are allowed to enter. The event is held on the same day as the U.S. Open Open volleyball tournament, which has been going since 1955. It's held in the same place every year since the first competition in 1956. The winner of the tournament is awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a $500 gift card to a local business or charity of the winner's choice. The contest is held during the same time period every year.

Parks and recreation

The U.S. Open for Lawnbowling is held annually at the lawn bowling field at Heisler Park. Mountain bike hall of fame legend Hans Rey makes his home in Laguna Beach, as do the Rads, pioneers of mountain biking going back to the 1970s. Laguna's foothill trails are known internationally for mountain biking. The city is home to a number of world-renowned beaches, including the Boardwalk, which was built in the early 1900s. It is also home to the U.N. World Heritage Site, which dates back to World War II. The town's beaches are known for their sand and surf. The beach is also known for its fine dining, with many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking.


Laguna Beach was founded officially in 1887 and incorporated as a city in 1927. Residents elect five non-partisan council members who serve four-year staggered terms. The position of mayor is non-elected and chosen annually among the members of the city council. The council serves to pass ordinances, approve a budget, and hire the city manager and city attorney. In 2011, John Pietig was hired as city manager following the retirement of his boss, Ken Frank who, after 31 years, was one of the longest-serving city managers in Orange County history. Laguna Beach is a Democratic stronghold in presidential elections due to its cultural liberalism and LGBTQ+ community. No Republican has won the city since George H. W. Bush in 1988. The city is located in the Fifth District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and is currently represented by Republican Lisa Bartlett. In the California State Legislature, the city is in the 37th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dave Min, and in the 74th Assembly District,represented by Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris. in the U.S. House of Representatives, Laguna beach is in California's 48th congressional district, representedby Republican Michelle Steel. According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019,laguna Beach has 17,064 registered voters. Of those, 6,509 are registered Democrats, 5,042 are registered Republicans, and 4,620 have declined to state a political party/are independents.


The Laguna Beach Unified School District manages public education for city residents. The Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) is a small private college located in Laguna Canyon. LCAD offers bachelor of arts degrees in drawing and painting, illustration, animation, graphic design, and game art. St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, is a private elementary school. In 2013, enrollment was approximately 450 students. The district includes one high school (Laguna Beach High School), one middle school (Thurston Middle School), and two elementary schools (El Morro Elementary School and Top of the World Elementary School). The district also includes a number of private schools, including a private high school and a private middle school. The school district also manages two private elementary schools, one of which is called El Morro School and the other is called Top Of The World School. The high school is called Thurston School and is located in the heart of the city. The middle school is known as Thurston High School and was founded in the 1950s. The elementary school is named Top Of the World School and opened in the 1960s. It was founded by the Festival of Arts and Laguna Art Museum as the Laguna beach School of Art. In the 1970s, the school was renamed Laguna High School. It is now a private college with an enrollment of about 450 students, with a dean's program of more than 100.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California = 4.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 65. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Laguna Beach = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 23,032 individuals with a median age of 47.7 age the population dropped by -3.19% in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,300 residents per square mile of area (900/km²). There are average 2.06 people per household in the 11,122 households with an average household income of $92,756 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.10% of the available work force and has dropped -5.08% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.74%. The number of physicians in Laguna Beach per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Laguna Beach = 12.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 35. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 281. 76 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 43 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 55, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 52.10%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 43 years with median home cost = $1,052,770 and home appreciation of -11.10%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.36 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,436 per student. There are 21.2 students for each teacher in the school. 5727.28% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 33.44% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 24.03% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Laguna Beach's population in Orange County, California of 2,535 residents in 1900 has increased 9,09-fold to 23,032 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 48.91% female residents and 51.09% male residents live in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 48.07% are single population.

  • 29.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Laguna Beach require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.00% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.71% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.22% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 8.69% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, 52.10% are owner-occupied homes, another 34.84% are rented apartments, and the remaining 13.05% are vacant.

  • The 43.74% of the population in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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