There is no place quite like Orange County, California, where nearly 3 million residents and many more tourists per year, enjoy perfect year-round weather, making it one of the most desirable places to live in the United States for both apartment renters and home owners. In addition to the climate, Orange County residents enjoy access to award-winning schools, beautiful beaches, low crime rates, and renowned theme parks like Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.
Living in Orange County
Orange County has a mild Mediterranean-like climate that provides the ideal lifestyle for those who enjoy spending their days outdoors all year round. Crime rates in the area as a whole are significantly lower than the national average, with some cities, like Irvine, earning national recognition for safety. Median household income for the county hovers around $75,566. Major area employers include fortune 500 companies such as Ingram Micro and Pacific Life, large companies like Google, Blizzard Entertainment, Kelly Blue Book and Hyundai Motor Company, as well as many famed surf and skate brands like Oakley, Quicksilver, RVCA, Billabong, and Hurley.
Orange County is home to nationally acclaimed schools and universities like University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, Chapman University, Mater Dei High School, and more. You can’t talk about the state of Orange County’s public education system without mentioning the Irvine Unified School District, which runs some of the most successful elementary, middle, and high schools in the nation. Once you’ve found an apartment community, check out the OC Register’s Public School Rankings to see how the schools in that area rank. Many apartment communities featured here are student friendly as well, conveniently located near top Orange County schools like UCI, and many others.
Orange County is home to some of the nicest beaches in California, from beautiful Corona Del Mar to Huntington Beach, often referred to as “Surf City USA.” Art connoisseurs can visit the Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, or the Bower’s Museum. The region is also home to some of the best hiking trails from Crystal Cove, the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and many more. OC is home to many great indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy and is the epitome of California-living. If you’re new to the Orange County area, be sure to check out our Things to do in Orange County This Weekend, updated weekly.
Like much of suburban Southern California, most residents and visitors tend to use their car to get around. The apartment communities we feature are ideally located with easy access to major streets and highways like Jamboree, the 405, and 55 Freeway to name a few. For those needing to travel farther, John Wayne Airport, which hosts many major airlines, is centrally located to Orange County residents.
About Our Featured Apartments
Looking through listings for apartments for rent in Orange County, it's easy to get lost and confused on where to live. We feature more than 80 communities in the area that come in a variety of floor plans and styles to fit your budget. Just click on an apartment community below to see more photos, pricing, and more.
The apartment communities listed here lavish residents with resort-style amenities such as salt water pools, clubhouses, and more. All of the communities below are also pet friendly and welcome you and your furry friends to come and visit (certain restrictions on breeds and length may apply).
Whether you’re looking to live beachside in Huntington Beach or Newport Beach, or in a quaint neighborhood within Irvine, Aliso Viejo, or Costa Mesa, you’re sure to find the perfect Orange County Apartment here!
Unsure where to live in Orange County? Check out our blog titled The Top 10 Places to Live in Orange County to learn more about the different areas.