Newport Beach, California, City and Education Facts

Newport Beach, California, is located in Orange County. The city is close to a variety of 2- and 4-year colleges and universities and career and specialty schools. Read about the population and economy of Newport Beach and find out more about nearby schools below.

Information about Newport Beach

Newport Beach is located in the southern part of the greater Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan region in Orange County. The city's population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be about 87,000 in 2014. About 87% of the population was white, according to 2010 census data, while 7% was of Asian descent. The area is affluent and educated, with nearly 65% of residents 25 years or older holding a bachelor's degree or higher, as of 2010-2014 census data. At $107,991 per year, the median household income in this city is also more than double the national average, for that same time period.

Visitors to Newport Beach are greeted with a multitude of things to see and do. This city features the West Coast's largest recreational harbor, a number of beaches and opportunities to paddle board, surf or sail. Newport Beach also has museums, such as the Orange County Museum of Art, and world-class shopping at Fashion Island. The Catalina Flyer, one of the largest passenger catamarans in the country, regularly carries passengers from Newport Beach to the tourist destination of Santa Catalina Island.

Beyond Newport Beach and the immediate area, Southern California offers such attractions as Disneyland in nearby Anaheim and the varied neighborhoods and sights of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Higher Education

The University of California at Irvine is just a couple of miles away in the city of Irvine. This university was ranked 39th among national universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. It also is highly ranked nationwide for its undergraduate and research programs. Almost 16 public and private non-profit schools are available within 15 miles of Newport Beach. These include Concordia University-Irvine, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine, Orange Coast College and Vanguard University of Southern California.

Coastline Community College operates a campus in nearby Fountain Valley, while Santa Ana College, another two-year community college, is based in the neighboring town of Santa Ana.

Economy and Employment

Per 2012 census data, accommodation and food services employed about 11,500 people. Health care and social assistance employed approximately 11,300 people, while finance and insurance had employed around 10,000 people. Tourism also plays a major role in the economy, with anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 daily tourists visiting the city in the summer.

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