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Overview

Introduction to Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach, California, in Orange County, is 4 miles W of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 14 miles S of Santa Ana, California. The city is included in the Orange County metropolitan area. 

Laguna Beach History

Local Indians were the first to call the rich coastal lands and freshwater canyon lakes of the Laguna Beach area their homeland. They called the place 'Lagonas,' meaning 'Lake.' By the late 1800s, visitors had started arriving through the canyons to camp at the Laguna Beach. Eugene Salter was the first American to settle in South Laguna in 1871. The place quickly became a popular tourist haunt and the famous painter, Norman St. Claire was a regular visitor to this place. By the 1960s, the Main Beach boardwalk had been transformed into an open public beach park. In this decade, Laguna Beach gained a lot of popularity as an art colony.

Laguna Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Laguna Beach Branch Orange County Public Library.
  • Laguna Museum of Art.
  • Festival of the Arts Amphitheater.
  • Coast Royale Beach.
  • Aliso Creek Golf Course.
  • Aliso Pier.

Things To Do In Laguna Beach

The seaside resort and artistic community of Laguna Beach has a rich history that is reflected in the memorial buildings around the city. To learn more about the arts and culture of this place, one can take a tour of the various museums and amphitheaters. Being a popular seaside destination, Laguna Beach has a number of beautiful beaches like the Aliso Beach, the Coast Royale Beach, the Main Beach, the Victoria Beach and the Arch Beach. Sports enthusiasts can try out a game of golf in the city's Aliso Creek Golf Course. There are also a number of magnificent churches dotting the city's streets. One can also visit the amusement parks that offer fun rides and are ideal for picnics with family and friends. Additionally, the city is also famous for its art festivals that include the Pageant of the Masters, the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and the Art-a-Fair.

Laguna Beach Transportation

Air transportation is available from John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

Laguna Beach Higher Education

Orange Coast College serves the area.

People

Total Population 23,230
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 22.7%
Employed Population 16+ 11,610
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 51.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $134,067
% Above Poverty Level 93.3%
% Below Poverty Level 6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 14.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $1,920
Median House Value $1,242,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 16%
Irish 13.4%

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

Laguna Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles S of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92637, 92651, 92653, 92656, 92677
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92607, 92652, 92654
Company Zip Codes 92698
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.542
Longitude -117.782

Laguna Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LAGUNA BEACH
Distance 0.5 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
Station TUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance 11.1 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
Station ANAHEIM
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Playa (92652)

South Laguna (92651)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dana Point 34,003 $105,578
Laguna Hills 31,017 $105,199
Laguna Niguel 64,825 $120,169
Laguna Woods 16,359 $57,444
Mission Viejo 95,979 $112,850
San Juan Capistrano 35,897 $84,812

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

Laguna Beach Hospitals

SOUTH COAST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
31872 COAST HWY
(949) 499-7193
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laguna Beach High Schools

LAGUNA BEACH HIGH
625 PARK AVE.
949-497-7750
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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