ABOUT Huntington Beach
Thousands of years ago, the Tongva people, otherwise known as the Gabrielinos, lived on the land stretching from Topanga Canyon to Laguna Beach. In 1784, European explorers claimed 300,00 acres to raise cattle, horses, and barley crops. During the 1800s, portions of property began to sell to surrounding ranchers.
In 1889, the surrounding area became known as Shell Beach. Eleven years later, Shell Beach rebranded itself as Pacific City after the purchase of 60 acres by local entrepreneur P.A. Stanton. When the oil boom in 1920 hit, Huntington Beach began its climb to being the fastest growing city in the United States of America for the next fifty years.
One of Huntington Beach’s claim to fame is the Douglas Aircraft Space Systems Center, which built part of the rocket for the very first successful moon mission. The U.S. Surfing Championships were housed multiple years in Huntington Beach, and the USA Surf Team claims Huntington Beach as its official home.
With an estimated median household income of $88,000 compared to California’s average $67,700, residents of Huntington Beach enjoy high earnings and a high quality of life.
With a population around 200,630, 64.3% of residents are white, 18.2% are Hispanic, 11.1% are Asian, 3% are biracial, and the remaining 3.4% are split between Black, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnicities. 41.4% of residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and the unemployment rate sits around 3%.
Residents of Huntington Beach take advantage of the beautiful parks and recreation, shopping, restaurant, and nightlife options that can be found in this diverse and lively city.
TOP Huntington Beach HIGHLIGHTS
The annual average temperature in Huntington Beach is a warm 64°F. This average tracks slightly over the state’s average and is about 10°F over the national average.
Huntington Beach temperatures average around the 60-70°F range throughout the year. That said, average temperatures during colder times of the year can dip to about 57°F, and warmer weather can bring highs around 73°F.
Huntington Beach residents can expect an average of 13.95 inches of rain per year. For context, this falls almost 10 inches under California’s average precipitation. Huntington Beach’s annual average humidity is 80.45%, which is roughly even with the state’s average and higher than the U.S. average.
Huntington Beach is part of Orange County, and it can be affected by the same natural disasters that affect the rest of the county. These disasters primarily include fires, flooding, severe storms, landslides and earthquakes.
As far as earthquakes are concerned, Huntington Beach is ranked 37th with an earthquake index of 76.51. Tsunamis and landslides are other possible natural disasters that can be caused by earthquakes in the area.
Because Huntington Beach is a coastal city, it doesn’t experience wildfires to the same extent as other inland Orange County cities. However, residents can still be affected by large quantities of smoke produced by nearby wildfires.
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Huntington Beach Commuter Travel Behavior
The majority of residents in Huntington Beach experience a low daily commute time that typically consists of five to thirty minutes according to past surveys. Beach Boulevard runs north and south through Huntington Beach’s center, which makes accessing the Pacific Ocean fast from any of the neighborhoods within the city.
The San Diego Freeway, a popular roadway that connects to frequented roads further inland, runs southeast of Huntington Beach. The Pacific Coast Highway defines Huntington Beach’s western border, which makes travel within California and the surrounding states straightforward and convenient.
Huntington Beach is a relatively safe city. It has a crime rate that is 16% below the national average and it has 45% less violent crimes than the US average.
The city also has less crime per 100,000 people in all categories than the California average. Theft makes up the majority of all crimes committed in Huntington Beach. In fact, out of the 4,422 crimes committed, about 3,158 were incidents involving theft.
Per 100,000 residents, California experiences about 2,380 property crimes and the US has about 2,200. Hunting Beach only has about 1,963 property related crimes for every 100,000 people.
The City Council of Huntington Beach holds seven members. Each representative is elected to a four-year term duration and can hold office a maximum of two consecutive terms. The council conducts meetings on the first and third Monday of every month unless otherwise announced.
As the largest and most comprehensive business organization in Orange County, the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce focuses on advocating, championing, promoting, and fostering Huntington Beach. Names like Boeing, California Resources Corporation, and Hyatt Regency are only a few of the many investors of the Chamber of Commerce.
The office of major in Huntington Beach is held on a rotating basis and elected from the existing city council members. The mayor is tasked to run the city council meetings and represent Huntington Beach in both the community and region.
Huntington Beach Population 2020
Huntington Beach is home to a little over 200,000 residents. The city’s estimated 10 year growth rate is 5.83%, and the annual growth rate is 0.83%.
An estimated 99,544 residents are female, which equals 49% of the population. Another 101,062 residents are male, which accounts for 51% of the city’s population.
The median resident age in Huntington Beach is 42 years old. A little over 20% of the city’s population is under 20 years old. Meanwhile, about 6% of residents are between 20-24 years old. Another 15% of the population ranges between 25-34 years old. Roughly 30% of residents are between 35-54 years of age.
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Huntington Beach Diversity 2020
An estimated 72.4% of Huntington Beach residents are White alone. Meanwhile, 12.1% of the city’s population is of Asian descent. About 1.4% of residents are Black or African American. Another 7.7% of the city’s population come from other ethnic backgrounds.
In Huntington Beach, 77.4% of residents only speak English. Meanwhile, almost 11% of the population is fluent in Spanish. Another 4% of the population speaks Vietnamese. An additional 1.4% of residents speak Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese.
A little over 16% of Huntington Beach residents were born in another country. This statistic trends over the U.S. average but is considered roughly normal in California.
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Huntington Beach Education 2020
Huntington Beach students can quickly commute to a range of exemplary public and private schools. There are 21 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools within this city.
An estimated 93% of the city’s adult population has earned a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. 51.5% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, while 21.8% of the city’s population has earned a master’s degree. Also, 17.7% of the population has a professional degree, and about 3% of residents have a doctorate degree.
For reference, Huntington Beach’s high school dropout rate is 8%. Meanwhile, the U.S. rate is 12%, and California’s dropout rate is 17%.
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SCHOOLS IN Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is proud to be home to multiple reputable and highly rated educational campuses for children from K-12 and beyond. Huntington Beach City School District is the main provider of education for the city’s younger residents.
Each campus upholds a reputation for pursuing high academic expectations, upholding the belief that children should learn on an individual basis, and maintaining that collaboration is an important key to success.
Fountain Valley School District focuses on grades K-8, while Ocean View School District serves 8,000 students and consists of California Distinguished Schools. Westminster School District has campuses in northeast Huntington Beach.
GreatSchools, a nonprofit school ranking organization, lists Huntington Beach’s public and private schools K-12 as 10/10 for overall academic excellence. William T. Newland Elementary, Circle View Elementary, Talbert Middle School, Isaac L. Sowers Middle School, Edison High School, and Huntington Beach High School are only a few of the highly-rated schools in this area.
The main school districts that service Huntington Beach include the Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Ocean View School District, Fountain Valley School District, and Westminster School District.
Huntington Beach City School District services elementary and middle school grades, while Huntington Beach Union High School District has included 9-12 campuses since 1903. Ocean View School District, founded in 1874, and Fountain Valley School District, founded in 1966, both include elementary and middle schools.
Since 1872, Westminster School District has supported elementary schools. These school districts have campuses throughout Huntington Beach, but there is a higher concentration of campuses further inland, towards the center of Huntington Beach.
Huntington Beach Housing 2020
Huntington Beach has a healthy and consistent real estate market. Over the past five years, a clear fluctuation between high and low sales months can be seen with the lowest number of property sales averaging around 400 and the high sales periods hitting 600 properties per month.
The median sales price of all properties in Huntington Beach shows a steady rise in the last five years as well. The average 2 bedroom property has increased from $480K to $540K in the past three years, while 4 bedroom properties have risen from $845K to $900K in the same period.
The average price per square foot has steadily risen, along with the median home sales price on a year over year basis. Typical Huntington Beach residences feature modern architecture, attractive curb appeal, and convenient locations. Residential properties of Huntington Beach sell relatively fast compared to the national average and are known for easy commutes to the Pacific coast.
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Huntington Beach Homes for Sale
Huntington Beach housing largely is made up of high-quality single family homes, but new construction, condominiums, and apartments also make up the number of highly sought-after properties in this thriving city.
With such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and a number of world-renowned beaches and surfing destinations, Huntington Beach properties typically sell at a high market prices.
Single family homes usually range between $700K and multimillion dollar homes depending on size and location. Large-scale new construction work has ramped up in the past five years to build modern, luxurious residences.
Apartments typically consist of studio or multiple room layouts and can be found in high concentrations in central Huntington Beach, as well as along the water.
Condominiums, a cost-effective and space-efficient residential type, are also highly popular. With a healthy real estate market, new housing options are constantly being made available.
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Huntington Beach Economy 2020
Huntington Beach’s median household income is $91K, and the average salary tracks under $88K. The city’s per capita income is $47K.
About 4% of Huntington Beach residents earn less than $15K each year, and 6% earn between $10K-$15K annually. 6.4% of the population makes between $15K-$25K, while about 10% earns between $25K-$35K annually.
Almost 14% of the city’s population makes between $35K-$50K, while another 14% earns between $50K-$65K. Over 20% of the population earns between $65K-$100K, while about 29% of residents make more than $100K each year.
The overall poverty rate is 8.8%, and Huntington Beach’s unemployment rate trends around 4.3%.
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Cost of Living
Huntington Beach is one of the more expensive cities in Orange County, making it much more expensive than the national average and even the California average.
The town has a cost of living rating of 183.8. In comparison, the United States average rating is set at 100 and the California average rating is 149.9.
Housing is the most notable factor that affects the cost of living in Huntington Beach. Homes in the US cost an average of $231,200 while the average home in California costs $552,800. However, a single family home in Huntington costs $830,400 on average.
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Things to do
Huntington Beach covers a total of 32 square miles and around ten miles of solid, unbroken coastline. Eight outlined neighborhoods make up the whole of Huntington Beach.
Goldenwest makes up the northern segment of Huntington Beach and is known for shopping , dining, and skateboarding at the Off the Wall Skatepark. Huntington Harbour is made up of five islands on the western side of Huntington Beach, right behind Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach itself is a stretch of coastline and a charming residential area.
Bolsa Chica is to the south of Sunset Beach and stretches inland. Comprised of picturesque beaches, marshlands, and wetlands, Bolsa Chica makes up a large part of Huntington Beach’s coastline area and nearby residential properties.
Central Park is sandwiched between Bolsa Chica and Beach Boulevard in the center of Huntington Beach, and Downtown makes up the southwest tip, while Southeast is located exactly where its name implies. All of Huntington Beach’s neighborhoods have their own welcoming, lively atmosphere.