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Newport Beach

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Newport Beach
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    33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W
      Area total: 
    52.92 sq mi (137.07 km²)
      Area land: 
    23.79 sq mi (61.62 km²)
      Area water: 
    29.13 sq mi (75.45 km²)
    10 ft (3 m)
    Incorporated September 1, 1906
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Newport Beach, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,600 residents per square mile of area (620/km²)
      Household income: 
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Newport Beach is a coastal city in South Orange County, California. The city is bordered on the west by Huntington Beach at the Santa Ana River; on the north by Costa Mesa, John Wayne Airport, the City of Irvine and UC Irvine; and on the east by Crystal Cove State Park. Newport Harbor once supported maritime industries such as boatbuilding, shipbuilding, and commercial fishing, but today it is used mostly for recreation. Balboa Island draws visitors with a waterfront path and easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants. It's one of the largest recreational boatbors west of the U.S. west coast and is a popular destination for boating activities, including sailing, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and whale watching. Newport Beach is located at 33°370N 117°5351W (33.616671, 117.897604) and the official elevation is 25 ft (7.6 m) above sea level at a location of 33° 370 N 117° 5351 W (33 616671  115 5351) Newport Beach was founded in 1870 when a 105-ton steamer named The Vaquero, captained by Captain Samuel S. Dunnells, safely steered through the lower and upper bay of Newport where it unloaded its cargo. James Irvine upon hearing the astonishing news, quickly traveled from his home in San Francisco to the San Joaquin Ranch. Meeting in Irvine's ranch house near current day UC Irvine with his brother, Robert Irvine, and friend James McFadden, they agreed that the newly found port should be simply named "Newport" which is where Newport Beach gets its name. In 1905, city development increased when Pacific Electric Railway established a southern terminus in Newport.


Newport Beach is the primary city name, but also Balboa, Balboa Island are acceptable city names or spellings. The Upper Bay of Newport is a canyon carved by a stream in the Pleistocene period. The Lower Bay was formed much later by sand brought along by ocean currents, which constructed the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach. The Tongva people lived on the land in an extensive, thriving community. Throughout the 1800s, Europeans colonized the land and forcibly removed and assimilated the Tongva. In 1906, with a population of 206 citizens, the scattered settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport beach. In 2002, Newport Coast, East Santa Ana Heights, and San Joaquin Hills were annexed. In 2008, after a long battle with the city of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach annexed WestSanta Ana Heights. The city's name comes from the name of a steamer that sailed through the lower and upper bay of Newport in 1870. James Irvine upon hearing the astonishing news, quickly traveled from his home in San Francisco to the SanJoaquin Ranch. Meeting in Irvine's ranch house near current day UC Irvine with his brother, Robert Irvine, and friend James McFadden, they agreed that the newly found port should be simply named "Newport" which is where Newport Beach gets its name. In 1888, McFadden built a long McFadden Wharf in 1888. In 1905, city development increased when Pacific Electric Railway established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1923, Corona del Mar was annexed and Newport Coast was annexed in 2002. In 2006, Newport Island, Balboa Island, and Lido Isle were filled in on the Peninsula.


Newport Beach is located at 33°370N 117°5351W (33.616671, 117.897604) The city is bordered on the west by Huntington Beach at the Santa Ana River; on the north by Costa Mesa, John Wayne Airport, the City of Irvine and UC Irvine; and on the east by Crystal Cove State Park. Newport Harbor has approximately 9,000 boats and is one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast. Newport Beach has a mid-latitude semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with characteristics of a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The Pacific Ocean greatly greatly influences the climate of Newport Beach and other coastal cities a few miles from the ocean. The city's official elevation is 25 ft (7.6 m) above sea level, but the official elevation of Signal Peak in the San Joaquin Hills is 1,161 ft (354 m) Newport Beach is home to the University of California, Los Angeles, and the California Institute of the Arts, which is located in the nearby city of Santa Ana. The University of Southern California has a campus of the California State University, San Diego, which was founded in 1883. The campus is the largest of its kind in the United States, with a population of more than 100,000. The university has a reputation for being a top destination for art and science students. The school is located on the edge of the San Diego Bay.


In 2009-2013, Newport Beach had a median household income of $106,333, with 7.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line. In 2000, there were 70,032 people, 33,071 households, and 16,965 families residing in the city. In 2010, the U.S. Census reported that 84,784 people lived in households, 151 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 251 (0.3%) were institutionalized. The racial makeup of the city was 92.22% White, 0.53% African American, 0.26% Native American, 4.00% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,174 persons (7.2%). There were 44,193 housing units at an average density of 834.2 per square mile (322.1/km²), of which 21,224 (54.8%) were owner-occupied, and 17,527 (45.2) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate is 7.8%. In 2009, the city had a population of 70,000, with 33,000 households. The average household size was 2.19. In the city, the population was spread out, with 15.7% under the age of 18, 6,659 people. aged 18 to 24, 22,299 people (26.0%) aged 25 to 44, 25,322 people (29.7%) aged 45 to 64, and16,162 people (19.0) who were 65 years of age or older.


Newport Beach is home to one Fortune 500 company, insurer Pacific Life. Fletcher Jones Motor Cars in Newport Beach is the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the world. The city's largest law firm is Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, with approximately 75 attorneys at its Fashion Island location. Toyota has a design center, Calty Design Research, responsible for the exterior design of the 2nd, 5th, and 7th generation Celica, as well as some Lexus and Scion models. The Irvine Company, Jazz Semiconductor, PIMCO, and Urban Decay are among the city's top employers. Before its dissolution Air California was headquartered in Newport beach. At one time Edwards Theatres had its headquarters in the city. The Original Hamburger Stand, Tastee-Freez, and Galardi Group (Wienerschnitzel) are all based in the area. The Newport Beach Police Department is based on the city of Newport Beach, California. The police department has a force of about 2,000 officers. The department is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which has about 1,500 officers on duty. The sheriff's department is based in Los Angeles, California, and has about 3,000 deputies on duty in the county. The Los Angeles Police Department has about 4,200 officers on patrol in the county, which is one of the largest patrol forces in the state. The Sheriff's department also has a department of law enforcement on duty on the city of Newport Beach, California.

Arts and culture

Beachgoers have flocked to Newport Beach since the Pacific Electric Railway began bringing them in 1905. The annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is the largest sailboat race in the world. The Wedge offers world-class bodyboarding and bodysurfing at the tip of the Balboa Peninsula. A boardwalk runs 2.9 miles (4.7 km) from 36th Street in West Newport, past Newport Pier and Balboa Pier, to between E and F Streets on the Balbo Peninsula. The historic Balboa Pavilion andBalboa Island Ferry are on theBalboa Peninsula and are Balboa's most famous landmarks. The Balboa Fun Zone is also home to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship offers recreational and professional sailing and mariners' courses and certifications, including United States Coast Guard licensing. The Newport Aquatic Center allows public participation in competitive rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and outrigger canoe racing. Balboa Island village draws many visitors. A waterfront path around the island attracts walkers and joggers and provides easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants. Fashion Island at Newport Center is a regional shopping and entertainment destination, with emphasis on the work of Californian artists.Dining in Newport Beach tends to focus on seafood restaurants. The city is known for good surfing, especially between Newport pier and the Santa Ana River, and the beaches at Crystal Cove State Park.

Parks and recreation

Upper Newport Bay, or the Back Bay, is ringed by Back Bay Drive and a network of trails and paths that attract bicyclists, rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers. Bird watchers and nature lovers are drawn to the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Crystal Cove State Park features tide pools at its beach, with backcountry hiking and mountain biking trails. Camping is available at Crystal Cove state Park and at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. Whale watching is also popular in the area, with both scheduled and charter boats leaving directly from Newport Harbor. The Pelican Hill area has two golf courses that rank among Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. On dark nights intense occurrences of bioluminescence can be observed when waves splash into the shore or when marine animals leave glowing traces in their wake. The Newport Bay Jetty offers bait for dockside or spearfishing convenience. There are about 80 fishable species located in Newport Bay. Lobsters are commonly fished in the reefs. However, the bright orange Garibaldi fish found offshore is a protected species. It is also common to find the Gray Smoothhound Shark, Leopard Shark, Round Stingray, Shovelnose Guitarfish, Pacific Staghorn Sculpin, Silvery Mullet, Top-smelt, California Halibut, Spotted Sand Bass, Yellowfin Croaker, Bat Ray, Thornback Ray, Diamond Turbot, Shiner Surfperch, Corbina, Opaleye, Pile Surf perch, and Red Shiner.


The City of Newport Beach was incorporated on September 1, 1906 and adopted its charter on January 7, 1955. The city implements a councilmanager form of government, directed by a seven-member council who reside in specific geographic districts, but are elected at-large. Newport Beach has supported Republican candidates for president and governor consistently since at least 1962. In 2016, as Donald Trump became the first GOP presidential candidate to lose Orange County since Alf Landon in 1936, Trump won Newport Beach by a margin of 14 points. In the California State Legislature, Newport Beach is in the 37th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dave Min, and in the 74th Assembly District, representing Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris. The U.S. House of Representatives is represented by Republican Michelle Steel in California's 48th congressional district. As of February 2020, the California Secretary of State reported that Newport Beach had 57,408 registered voters; of those, 14,097 (24.56% vs. 35.63% in Orange County) are registered Democrats, 27,472 (47.85%) are registered Republicans, 12,996 (22.64%) have stated no political party preference, and 2,843 are registered with a third party. According to a March 2018 report by the Sacramento Bee, Newport beach has the second highest percentage of conservative voters among large cities in California. The Republican candidate exceeded 70% of the vote in Newport Beach in all seven presidential elections from 1964 to 1988 and seven of the nine gubernatorial elections from 1962 to 1994.


The Newport Beach Fire Department provides fire protection, lifeguard coverage, and emergency medical services. The marine division of the NBFD is responsible for lifeguarding the nearly 10 million annual visitors to Newport Beach's 6.2 miles of ocean and 2.5 miles of bay beaches. Newport Beach lifeguards are recognized as the top agency in the nation, considering their relatively small size. In 2013 alone the marine division performed 3,811 water rescues. The Junior Lifeguard program works closely with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to spread skin cancer awareness. The Wedge, a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula that is known for its large wedge-shaped waves, is a popular spot for skimboarding, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing. During south or south/southwest swells of the right size and aligned in the swell window, the Wedge can produce huge waves up to 30 feet (9.1 m) high. Newport Beach has 8 fire stations spread across the city, as well as a Lifeguard Headquarters at the base of the Newport Pier. The NBFD Marine Operations Division requires its ocean lifeguards to be in top shape and to have years of local ocean experience. They are also recognized as an advanced agency by the United States Lifesaving Association. The city has one of the most diverse coastlines in the world, spanning over 6 miles. It is also home to a number of world-renowned surfing destinations.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Newport 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 Newport 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 85,239 individuals with a median age of 45.3 age the population grows by 4.58% in Newport Beach, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,600 residents per square mile of area (620/km²). There are average 2.13 people per household in the 33,937 households with an average household income of $104,647 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.10% of the available work force and has dropped -5.07% 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 23.76%. The number of physicians in Newport Beach per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Newport Beach = 11.3 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 = 277. 72 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 46.9 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 Newport Beach, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 48.57%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $1,042,670 and home appreciation of -12.30%. 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 $4,918 per student. There are 23.5 students for each teacher in the school, 7166 students for each Librarian and 1414 students for each Counselor. 7.49% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 36.93% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 21.53% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Newport Beach's population in Orange County, California of 2,525 residents in 1900 has increased 33,76-fold to 85,239 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.25% female residents and 49.75% male residents live in Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Newport Beach, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 48.48% are single population.

  • 26.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Newport 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.

    82.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.83% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.78% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 7.34% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Newport Beach, Orange County, California, 48.57% are owner-occupied homes, another 39.07% are rented apartments, and the remaining 12.36% are vacant.

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

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