Hat Task2 Essay

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Community Assessment of Orange County Western Governor's University HAT Task 2 Community Description and Data Interpretation Orange County, California is an urban county in Southern California with a population of 3,055,745 according to the 2011 United States Census Bureau. It is the third largest county in California and the sixth largest county in the nation. The county of Orange was originally part of Los Angeles County until 1889, when legislation passed a bill that allowed the county to break away. Today, Orange County is comprised of the following cities: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda. It encompasses 789 square miles with approximately 3871 people per square mile which is considered a very high population density. Population/Economic Assessment The population of Orange County has increased 8.6% in 2012 and is expected to reach approximately four million by 2050 (City Data, Retrieved October 1, 2013). This increase is mainly due to migration of new residents into the county. Orange county sees a constant flow of tourists due to the many tourist attractions in the county, the most well-known being Disneyland. As of 2010, the greatest percentage of the population is 38.4% between the ages of 18-44. The next highest 25.4% between the ages of 45-64, followed by 24.5% under the age of 18, and 11.5% over the age of 65. The median age range in 2010 was 36.2 years old. This is due to an increase in the number of “baby boomers,” or individuals between the age range of 45 to 64. The

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