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About Orange County

Orange County, California
Orange County, California is a county in Southern California. Its county seat is Santa Ana. With a population of 3,056,865 (2005 estimate).

Orange County Geography
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,455 km² (948 mi²), making it the smallest county in Southern California. Surface water accounts for 411 km² (159 mi²) of the area, 16.73% of the total; 2,045 km² (789 mi²) of it is land.

Orange County History
Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited the area. After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Junipero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the first permanent European settlement.

Orange County Transportation
Transportation in Orange County is offered primarily by the Orange County Transportation Authority, or OCTA, which was named America's #1 Transportation System in 2005, by the American Public Transportation Association.

Orange County - Point of Interests
The area's warm Mediterranean climate and miles of year-round beaches attract millions of tourists annually. Huntington Beach is a hot spot for sunbathing and surfing; nicknamed "Surf City, U.S.A.", it is home to many surfing competitions.

Orange County Travel Guide
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