Orange County residents, many of whom are educated and consider themselves to be in the higher social classes, are largely interested in national rather than local news. Fifty-five percent of the county's population claim that national news interest them the most, compared to 39% who prefer local news. Of those why expressed more interest in local rather than national news, however, most prefer by a wide margin to get it through newspapers rather than television, which comes to the county mostly from Los Angeles. Overall, 63% of the county's population read newspapers daily, compared to 54% nationwide, again because of the county's high social and education profile.
Source: 1986 Orange County Annual Survey