Orange County Community Assessment

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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,…show more content…
Orange County has the lowest crime rate when compared to other major counties in the nation. Gang violence is the primary contributor to the crime rate and an increasing gang membership is a major concern. Gang membership increased for the past three years (Orange County Community Indicators Project, 2012). The air quality in Orange County in 2010 was considered to be one of the best when compared to other counties in the nation. 80% of the days in 2010 were in the “good” range and only one day was in the “unhealthy” range. Hazardous waste is also considered to be very good when compared to other counties. The amount of generated and disposed waste in Orange County landfills has dropped consistently over the past 5 years. This is due to an increasing number of resident disposing of their household hazardous wastes at the appropriate local collection centers. In addition, the number of pounds of recycled material that was collected increased by almost 95%. This is due to an increasing number of outreach programs and recycling
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