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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,224
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens22.9%
Employed Population 16+11,504
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married52.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher65.3%
Median Earnings25+$75,492
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$37,656
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$163,871
% Above Poverty Level93.4%
% Below Poverty Level6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home15.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$2,191
Median House Value$1,570,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.2%
German14.9%
English13.8%
Irish13.1%
Italian5.7%
French Except Basque4.5%
Polish3.4%
Russian3.3%
Swedish3%
Norwegian2.6%
Scottish2.4%
Dutch2.4%
Iranian2%
Danishn1.8%
Portuguese1.3%
Canadian1%
Austrian0.9%
Czech0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Arab0.7%
Belgian0.6%
Romanian0.5%
Serbian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
African0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
South African0.3%
Greek0.2%
Estonian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
US/American0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Australian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Laguna Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92651, 92677, 92656, 92653
P.O. Box Zip Codes92652, 92607, 92654
Phone Area Codes714,949
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.55
Approximate Longitude-117.78

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)

StationLAGUNA BEACH
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp44 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 77 F
Oct Temp55 to 76 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance11.1 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dana Point34,028$120,916
Laguna Hills31,235$114,844
Laguna Niguel65,429$123,756
Laguna Woods16,314$57,931
Mission Viejo96,535$121,261
San Juan Capistrano35,948$94,218

Laguna Beach Hospitals

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach
(Non-profit)
31872 S Coast Highway

Laguna Beach Public Schools

El Morro Elementary
8681 N. Coast Hwy.
ZIP: 92651
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Laguna Beach High
625 Park Ave.
ZIP: 92651
High
Total Enrollment 1038
Thurston Middle
2100 Park Ave.
ZIP: 92651
Middle
Total Enrollment 780
Top Of The World Elementary
21601 Tree Top Ln.
ZIP: 92651
Primary
Total Enrollment 665

Laguna Beach Private Schools

Anneliese's School
21542 Wesley Dr
ZIP: 92651
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Anneliese's Schools
20062 Laguna Canyon Rd
ZIP: 92651
Elementary
Total Enrollment 302
Montessori School Of Laguna Beach
340 Saint Anns Dr
ZIP: 92651
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Catherine Of Siena Parish School
30516 Coast Hwy
ZIP: 92651
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
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