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Orange Counties

July 20, 1989|Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

To say you're from Orange County will make you unique in the state of California, but not in the United States. For there are seven other Orange Counties in the nation. Travel to Florida, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont or Virginia, and you'll find an Orange County. But don't expect to feel like you're at home.

We are one of three counties to have a city named Orange. But in the other two places, Texas and Virginia, the city is also the county seat. (Florida does have an Orange City and Orange Park, neither one of which is in Orange County; New York's Orange Lake is in Orange County but Orangeburg is not.)

The counties range in area from Florida's more than 900 square miles to Virginia's 342. But in terms of population, our 2.2 million is four times the size of Florida's OC (about 600,000 people, second largest) and dwarfs the smallest (Indiana's 19,000).

While it may come as a surprise to some, we are considerably more ethnically diverse than the other Oranges and will continue to be so as the '90s progress. It is perhaps no surprise that we wield a good deal more economic power than other Orange Counties.

The charts on the rest of this page detail how we have differed from the others in the past, how we do now, and, in some cases, how we will in the future.

RACIAL COMPOSITION

State Whites Blacks Latinos Others 1980 (CENSUS) California 78% 1% 15% 6% Florida 80 15 4 1 Indiana 98 1 1 * North Carolina 81 17 1 1 New York 89 6 4 1 Texas 89 8 2 1 Vermont 99 * 1 * Virginia 82 18 * * 1989 (ESTIMATED) California 74 1 19 6 Florida 79 15 5 1 Indiana 98 1 1 * North Carolina 79 18 1 2 New York 87 6 6 1 Texas 88 8 3 1 Vermont 99 * 1 * Virginia 81 19 * * 1994 (PROJECTED) California 70 1 22 7 Florida 78 15 6 1 Indiana 98 1 1 * North Carolina 79 18 1 2 New York 87 6 6 1 Texas 88 8 3 1 Vermont 99 * 1 * Virginia 80 19 * 1

* Less than 1%

POPULATION GROUP GROWTH RATES

State Whites Blacks Latinos Others Countywide 1980-'89 (ESTIMATED) California 11% 14% 54% 31% 19% Florida 31 33 68 60 34 Indiana 2 * 27 26 3 North Carolina 14 22 42 33 16 New York 12 16 46 35 14 Texas -1 1 21 10 -1 Vermont 11 26 38 41 11 Virginia 15 23 22 46 17 1989-'94 (PROJECTED) California 4 7 25 13 9 Florida 13 16 28 23 14 Indiana 1 2 15 3 1 North Carolina 8 11 20 16 9 New York 7 9 23 16 8 Texas -5 -2 8 3 -4 Vermont 6 2 20 10 6 Virginia 9 13 12 23 9

* Less than 1%

HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION

Less than $25,000- $50,000- $75,000- $100,000 State $25,000 $49,999 $74,999 $99,999 and More 1979 (CENSUS) California 56% 35% 6% 2% 1% Florida 76 20 2 1 1 Indiana 87 12 1 * * North Carolina 75 20 3 1 1 New York 70 26 3 1 * Texas 64 33 3 * * Vermont 86 13 1 * * Virginia 80 18 2 * * 1989 (ESTIMATED) California 28 34 22 9 7 Florida 41 34 16 5 4 Indiana 64 29 5 1 1 North Carolina 44 32 14 6 4 New York 35 35 21 6 3 Texas 44 42 11 2 1 Vermont 55 35 8 1 1 Virginia 48 33 13 4 2 1994 (PROJECTED) California 21 27 22 16 14 Florida 30 30 19 12 9 Indiana 56 32 8 3 1 North Carolina 35 29 17 10 9 New York 27 26 23 15 9 Texas 39 41 14 5 1 Vermont 43 37 13 5 2 Virginia 36 31 17 10 6

* Less than 1%

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

1980 1989 1994 1989-'94 State (Census) (estimated) (projected) % Change California 2.78 2.71 2.70 -0.7 Florida 2.67 2.58 2.57 -0.4 Indiana 2.72 2.55 2.47 -3.3 North Carolina 2.50 2.32 2.24 -3.6 New York 2.95 2.88 2.86 -0.4 Texas 2.98 2.87 2.82 -1.5 Vermont 2.84 2.61 2.50 -4.3 Virginia 2.86 2.73 2.71 -1.0

INCOME: AGGREGATE, PERSONAL, HOUSEHOLD

Aggregate Per Average Median State (in Millions) Capita Household Household 1979 (CENSUS) California $18,490.2 $9,567 $26,714 $22,804 Florida 3,289.8 6,984 18,801 15,337 Indiana 99.3 5,318 14,531 12,517 North Carolina 533.8 6,927 19,023 14,972 New York 1,743.0 6,714 20,235 18,097 Texas 600.3 7,160 21,529 20,678 Vermont 119.3 5,245 15,120 13,116 Virginia 105.2 5,824 16,560 13,938 1989 (ESTIMATED) California 40,091.3 17,455 47,741 41,181 Florida 9,137.9 14,519 38,014 30,931 Indiana 171.9 8,973 23,002 18,817 North Carolina 1,255.3 14,079 36,602 28,797 New York 4,018.8 13,549 40,141 35,901 Texas 855.1 10,275 29,703 28,260 Vermont 259.3 10,264 27,322 22,954 Virginia 249.0 11,801 32,081 26,307 1994 (PROJECTED) California 54,923.8 21,968 59,715 51,843 Florida 13,971.0 19,397 50,657 41,283 Indiana 210.9 10,855 26,943 21,905 North Carolina 1,801.7 18,601 46,994 36,921 New York 5,733.0 17,866 52,864 47,516 Texas 927.4 11,595 33,015 31,394 Vermont 356.5 13,333 34,032 28,543 Virginia 359.3 15,556 41,900 34,305

MEDIAN AGE

State Men Women Total 1989 (ESTIMATED) California 32.3 34.0 33.2 Florida 31.3 33.7 32.5 Indiana 31.5 34.3 32.9 North Carolina 28.6 29.5 29.1 New York 30.9 33.5 32.3 Texas 31.0 32.6 31.8 Vermont 31.3 33.5 32.4 Virginia 33.8 36.6 35.2 1994 (PROJECTED) California 34.4 36.2 35.3 Florida 33.3 35.8 34.6 Indiana 33.0 35.7 34.3 North Carolina 30.7 32.0 31.3 New York 33.2 35.7 34.5 Texas 32.8 34.5 33.7 Vermont 33.2 35.4 34.4 Virginia 35.2 38.2 36.7

Source: National Planning Data Corp.

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