Here is a list of the 10 best neighborhoods on Orange County for families.
1. Aliso Viejo
Aliso Viejo is the #1 family-friendly neighborhoods in Orange County. This city has has one of the lowest crime rates and over 50,000 residents. The median home price of $444,000, which is much lower then the median Orange County home price of $592,000. They have excellent schools, theaters, bookstores, stores and restaurants. There are also numerous public areas where families can enjoy recreational activities together include the Grand Park, Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park and the new public pool and golf course.
Irvine is one of the largest cities in Orange County, with a population of over 250,000 residents. It is an affluent city with low crime rates. It has 21 community parks and 45 neighborhood parks and highly rated public elementary schools. In 2009, CNNMoney.com rated it the 4th best place to live in the US.
3. Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a small beach town with about 20,000 residents. It has amazing beaches and good schools. Culture is what Laguna is known for specifically art culture and music. Living here gives your family access to art festivals, summer music concerts and theater shows.
4. Lake Forest
Lake Forest is a family friendly neighborhood that has around 77,000 residents. this growing city is known for low crime rates and high student test scores. If your family loves the outdoors it has a new sports park, skate park and community center, in addition to 29 parks.
5. Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos is a small city with about 11,000 residents. The students achieve some of the highest API test scores in the area. Your family can enjoy seasonal carnivals, outdoor movie nights and local, small town shops. Los Alamitos is home to the USA Water Polo National Training Center.
6. Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo is one of the most affluent communities in Orange County. There are approximately 97,000 people who live here and enjoy the city that is centered around a large lake with hills. Residents love to hike, swim or boat around the lake. Sports are a big feature of the city as there are always marathons or triathlons taking place and home to the Mission Viejo Youth Athletic Park, which has eight baseball diamonds and five soccer fields.
7. Newport Beach
Newport Beach is known for high test scores and low crime rates. Residents enjoy the Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve, which is 1000 acres of untouched wilderness. Families flock to the Balboa Island Ferry, Balboa Pier, Orange County Museum of Art, Crystal Cove State Park and Fashion Island Shopping Center.
8. Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santa Margarita has 48,000 residents. It too boasts low crime rates and high test scores. It is a very affordable area to raise a family while still having access to all the amenities such as O'Neil Regional Park, Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club, a large community center, dog park, skate park, and many family-friendly eateries.
9. Seal Beach
Seal Beach is a small beach town with a population of about 24,000 people. It has very high test scores and low crime rates. There is a 965 acre wildlife refuge with a large wooden pier that is home to seals. Some other popular attractions include; Red Car Museum, Bay Theater, Gum Grove Park and Heron Pointe Cultural Center.
10. Yorba Linda
Yorba Linda is one of the wealthiest cities in Orange County. The average yearly household income is about $120,000. The school system is exemplary and very low crime rates. The city revolves around its11 acre town center filled with shopping, restaurants and entertainment. CNN and Money Magazine rank Yorba Linda as one of the best places to live.
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