Newport Beach is a coastal city in Southern California that is full of leisure, business, sophistication, and style. It is also where the Newport Harbor lies, which is a semi-made harbor that was created during the early 1900s. Newport Beach has different areas and charming neighborhoods that make up the city.
While many of them are on the mainland, some are artificial islands that were formed along the coast. These neighborhoods include Balboa Island, Balboa Village, Corona del Mar, Crystal Cove, Cannery Village, Lido Marina Village, Lido Isle, Newport Coast, Newport Heights, and Balboa Peninsula.
Newport Beach has so many activities available, whether you are a resident or a visitor. The city has everything from gorgeous beaches to fine dining to luxury retail shopping to exhilarating watersports. Also, it has one of the best elementary and high schools both public and private in the state. Newport Beach has it all!
The culture of Newport Beach is a combination of creativity, art, leisure, style, and innovative industries. This city has so many retail shops, businesses, country clubs, exhibits, art galleries, festivals, and museums.
On the other hand, Newport Beach is filled with so many water sport activities, parks, beach land, and coastal culture that residents and visitors get to indulge. Newport Beach is where urban city meets luxurious suburbia with a large splash of seaside living. People in this city value the finer things in life but still value nature and the little things that make this city special. Newport Beach is breathtaking.
Before it was considered a municipality in 1906, Newport Beach was originally Indian lands. Settlers came to Newport in the 1800s because they saw the land was available. The name of the city comes from an event that happened in 1870.
Harbor pilot Captain Samuel Sumner Dunnells discovered a safe venture with his steamer The Vaquero through the upper and lower bay of Newport. This is where he unloaded his cargo full of lumber and wooden shingles. Agricultural pioneer James Irvine found out about this and him and his family decided to name the newly-found port “Newport Beach.”
This city quickly began to develop and grown thereafter when the Pacific Electric Railway was established in 1905. It connected from the southern part of Newport to downtown Los Angeles. More and more people began to populate the city and the scattered settlements were brought together as the City of Newport Beach.
Newport Beach experiences the warmest weather between July and October. During this 2.9-month span, temperatures average over 76°F and have lows around 66°F.
The coolest weather in this corner of California generally occurs between late November and early April. During this time, the average low temperature is around 48°F, and temperatures peak at about 66°F.
Newport Beach residents might want to keep an umbrella handy between November and March, seeing as rainy days are more likely to occur between these months. That said, the city receives 10 inches of rain less than California’s annual average.
For additional reference, Newport Beach’s highest humidity levels usually occur between July and August.
As far as natural disasters are concerned, the main events to worry about in Newport Beach are earthquakes.
Earthquakes that damage personal property are common in Newport Beach, and although recent ones have been moderate-sized, residents should always be prepared for larger ones to potentially hit the city. Large earthquakes can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
Not only are the earthquakes a concern, but they can also cause other events that can lead to further property damage and personal injury. Landslides, fires and even tsunamis can occur as a result of a large earthquake.
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This city is bordered by two major California state highways: Pacific Coast Highway and California State Route 73.
The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as the California State Route 1 (SR 1), is a north-south highway. It runs along the Pacific coastline. SR 1 is noted to be one of the longest routes in California, starting around San Diego and reaches as far as San Francisco.
On the other side of Newport Beach is the California State Route 73 (SR 73). This highway runs from Costa Mesa through San Joaquin Hills and San Juan Capistrano. Newport Beach is very accessible.
Newport Beach is considered a relatively safe place to live. The amount of violent crime in the city is 62% lower than the national average, but property crime is 9% higher. The US has a rating of 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property crime. Newport Beach is rated at 12.5 for violent crime and 36.1 for property crime.
The majority of crimes committed are thefts, and the city has about 1,754 thefts per 100,000 residents. In comparison, California has about 1,572 thefts and the US has about 1,594 per 100,000 people.
Within Newport Beach, the City Council is operated by a seven members who each live in specific districts within the city. They meet twice a month and discuss general governance as well as finance and use of land. Council members can serve the Newport Beach for up to four years.
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is a business organization that promote increase and boost in the city’s economy. It has about 1,000 members. The Chamber of Commerce has committees, five councils, and staff members that work alongside the Newport Beach businesses and the community to help the city grow.
The mayor of Newport Beach is Kevin Muldoon. The Mayor is the seventh person and the head of the City Council. Along with the sixth council members, Muldoon is responsible for passing the city ordinance, making local policies, and the city budget. This form of government is called a council-manager.
In 2010, Newport Beach’s population was reportedly 83,571. The population grew to 86,280 in 2018. During this same timeframe, the population grew 1.3%. For reference, the city’s population density is 3,628.
47.3 is the city’s median resident age. This median is considered roughly average with neighboring cities, but tracks over California’s median resident age of 36.3.
An estimated 49% of Newport Beach residents are male, and 51% of residents are female. The median male age is 45.6, and the median female age is 48.3.
57% of households are young families. For reference, the average family size in Newport Beach is 2.9.
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Slightly over 85% of Newport Beach’s population is White alone, while roughly 8% of the population identifies as Asian. About 3% of the city’s population is biracial or multiracial, and less than 1% of Newport Beach residents are Black or African American.
Almost 15% of residents have German roots, while 12.6% have Irish ancestry. Another 12% of residents are English, while 8% are Italian. For reference, slightly over 14% of the city’s population was born outside of the country.
83% of Newport Beach residents speak English, while 5.3% speak Spanish. Almost 4% of residents speak another Indo-European language. Additionally, about 2% of residents speak Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese.
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About 98% of Newport Beach residents 25 years and over have a high school diploma or a GED. This percentage tracks over both California’s average and the U.S. average. At 2%, Newport Beach’s high school dropout rate is 6 times lower than the national average and almost 9 times lower than California’s average.
About 17% of residents 25 years old and over have some college experience, and 6.4% of residents in the same age demographic have earned an associate’s degree. 66.7% of the population has a bachelor’s degree. Another 27.2% of residents 25 years and up have earned a graduate degree or a professional degree.
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Newport Beach has great public and private schools that serve students, ranging from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students either are zoned to attend public schools with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District or decide to attend a private school outside Newport-Mesa.
Elementary schools such as Newport Coast and Harbor View are great at preparing the young minds for middle school. Middle schools like Ensign and Corona del Mar Middle set their students up to be able to balance coursework with enrichment programs. The high schools in Newport Beach are mainly college-preparatory and offer courses that prepare students for higher education.
Some families in Newport Beach prefer to enroll their students in an alternative school. Outside of the public school district, students can enroll in private schools in Newport Beach. These schools are just as outstanding and offer as many fun after-school activities and engaging class field trips, if not more.
Within the area, the public school system available is Newport-Mesa Unified School District. This school district serves both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. It has 32 schools and over 22,000 students enrolled. Newport-Mesa has amazing schools that provide both stellar core curriculum and extracurricular activities.
School officials have found that supplying opportunities for students to get active in sports and enrichment programs can help students become well-rounded individuals with promise. Newport-Mesa Unified School District has a bottom line of teaching students to grow into young adults who have graduated with the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in the world.
Overall, the real estate in Newport Beach is mostly made up of single-family homes and estates. As you move closer and closer to the shoreline and have better views of the beach, the prices of these apartment and homes increase substantially.
Many people in Newport Beach desire to live as closer to the beach as they can without losing any peacefulness. Larger oceanfront homes within the city can cost as high as $30 million.
Estates like these have centered fountains in the walkway, cobblestone, elaborate landscaping, and so many more amenities within the house. Lower priced single-family homes are $700,000 and sometimes even lower if the home was once foreclosed. These homes still have elegance and have either contemporary or cottage-like architecture.
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Besides its beautiful beaches and coastal views, Newport Beach is known for its magnificent real estate. The city has sophisticated single-family homes, apartments, and high rise condominiums. The state-of-the-art appliances and materials as well as the exterior architecture make each home elegant.
From expansive mansions to quaint three-bedroom beach cottages, Newport Beach can accommodate all. Regardless of what type of residential building it is, each one is luxurious and stylish.
People in Newport Beach love to be able to walk out on their balcony or sit on their patio deck and see the harbor from a distance. It adds to the coastal living experience and makes people feel as though they are on vacation every day.
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Newport Beach’s median household income is around $123K, and the median earnings per worker is around $96K. Newport Beach’s per capita income is almost three times the statewide and national average.
About 3% of residents make under $15K each year, and another 8% of residents earn $15K-$35K each year. Meanwhile, about 8% of residents earn $35K-$50K. From there, almost 20% of residents make $50K-$75K annually. 12.4% of the population earns $75K-$100K, and 48% of Newport Beach residents earn over $100K annually.
When stacked against California’s unemployment rate of 4%, Newport Beach’s unemployment rate of 2% is favorable. 6.6% of residents live below the poverty line.
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Newport Beach is one of the most expensive places to live in Orange County. With a cost of living rating of 353.3, the city is over twice as expensive as the California average rating of 149.9 and over three times as the US rating of 100.
The city is more expensive than the California average when considering most expenses, but the major factor that determines its high cost of living is housing. While a house in California will cost about $553,000, residents in Newport Beach can expect to pay about $2,119,000 for a single-family home.
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Newport Beach has many different neighborhoods and areas, each with its own distinct charm. The city has neighborhoods and islands such as Corona del Mar, Lido Isle, Lido Marina Village, Cannery Village and Balboa Peninsula. Newport Beach also has Balboa Island, Balboa Village, Newport Coast, Newport Heights, and Crystal Crystal Cove.
People have so many areas to choose from. Each one has landmarks and something valuable to offer. Balboa Peninsula has the historic Balboa Pavilion and great local seafood restaurants. Balboa Village has the famous Fun Zone where you can rent watersport gear or ride the ferris wheel.
Corona del Mar is known for its beautiful beach cottages and the Corona del Mar State Park. If you have a passion for film and the arts, you will love Lido Marina Village. Newport Coast also values the arts and even has the Orange County Museum of Art to enjoy modern art.