Orange County's Rich, Be-otch (and Other Fun Facts)

Categories: OC Media
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Of the eight Orange Counties, our Orange County is the richest Orange County, at least according to data compiled in another Orange County.

The startling discovery comes in a report that compares the Orange County of Central Virginia (answering in the affirmative my question, "There's an Orange County in Central Virginia?") with the Orange Counties of California, Florida, Texas and . . . uh . . . New York . . . and . . . erm . . . wherever the hell else there's an Orange County.

As Drew Jackson of the Orange County Review reports, there are eight Orange Counties in the U.S. that have similarities (they are all very white) and vast differences (some are very poor).

Despite what you may have assumed reading other parts of the OC Weekly site, the OC of California is not actually the most vanilla in the land. It's the second most diverse of America's eight Orange Counties. That means, like Avis, we have to try harder. More babies, minorities!

As bragged about at the top, we're the wealthiest of the eight OC's but also the consumer of the most federal dollars. OC, CA, welfare queens unite! And you thought all our money was inherited.

A look at Jackson's fine reporting in chart form:

LARGEST ORANGE COUNTY (by population)

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1) Orange County, California, 3,010,232 residents.
2) Orange County, Florida, 1,145,956 residents.
3) Orange County, New York, 372,813 residents.

WHITEST ORANGE COUNTY

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1) Orange County, Indiana, 97.47 percent Caucasian.
2) Orange County, Vermont, 97 percent.

MOST DIVERSE OC

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1) Orange County, Florida, 71.7 percent white and 20.9 percent black.
2) Orange County, California, 78 percent white and 16.69 percent Asian.


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4 comments
TEW
TEW

I once lived in Orange County, New York. It is somewhat like Cali's OC. Large with many towns and cities and near the big city.

George Vreeland Hill

briansays
briansays

i figure donald bren pretty much makes this no contest

Tom Sandefur
Tom Sandefur

Shouldn't the "Federal Dollars Sent" be broken down per capita to make more sense?

Chris Macabuhay
Chris Macabuhay

Agreed. That puts Florida above California at $7.54 / resident as opposed to $5.87 / resident. But we'd need a list to see which county receives the most Federal dollars.

Sorry Matt, but a real journalist would have dug deeper into the numbers for their conclusions. This isn't USA today, after all.

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