Introduction to Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach falls within the combined Los Angeles metropolitan area. The city is located on a mesa beside the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, 38 miles southeast of Los Angeles, within view of the Santa Ana River.

Huntington Beach History

Before the Spaniards arrived, the Gabrielino Indians maintained a large camp and burial ground on this mesa. From 1901 to 1904, real estate developers, trying to create an ocean side resort, invested heavily in rail, electricity and telephone infrastructure. For The Huntington Beach Company, the resort failed to take off. However their fortunes were reversed with the exploitation of an oil reserve below their land. From 1919 through the 1950's the oil business thrived.

The average daily high temperature during August is 84 degrees while the average daily low is 64. For January the average daily highs and lows are 69 and 47 degrees.

Some of the companies in Huntington Beach are:

  • Boeing
  • Quiksilver
  • Cambro Manufacturing
  • Dynamic Cooking Systems
  • C&D Zodiac, Inc.
  • Triad Financial
  • E-Trade Mortgage
  • Huntington Beach Hospital

Arts and Leisure

A partial list of leisure, cultural and historical attractions in Huntington Beach includes:

  • The Huntington Beach Art Center.
  • The Newland House Museum.
  • The Imperial Woods Trail (Santa Ana River Bike Trail).
  • The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
  • The International Surfing Museum.
  • Huntington State Beach.
  • The Surfers' Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame.
  • The Ballet Repertory Theatre.
  • The Pacific Dance Center.
  • Sports teams in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Cultural institutions in the metropolitan area.


Total Population 197,752
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 98,396
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.5%
Median Earnings25+ $50,506
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,589
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,154


Median Family Income $98,162
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 24.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,621
Median House Value $642,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 9.6%
Irish 12.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntington Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles SW of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92605, 92615
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.66
Longitude -117.998

Huntington Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Huntington Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Beach Center (92648)

Huntington (92646)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Costa Mesa 112,377 $75,025
Fountain Valley 56,696 $94,238
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Newport Beach 86,911 $154,456
Seal Beach 24,551 $94,516
Westminster 91,719 $57,194

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntington Beach Public Libraries

Huntington Beach Library
Huntington Beach, California
(714) 960-8836

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Huntington Beach Hospitals

(714) 843-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,607 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

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Serves 2,432 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

Serves 2,299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,552 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 229 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.7

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