Orange County’s population of 3,010,232 makes it the third most populous county in California, behind Los Angeles County and San Diego County. It is the sixth most populous county in the United States as of 2009 while at the same time is the smallest area-wise county in Southern California, being roughly half the size of the next smallest county, Ventura.
The county is famous for its tourism, as the home of such attractions as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as several beaches along its more than 40 miles of coastline. It is known for its affluence and political conservatism – a 2005 academic study listed three Orange County cities as being among America’s 25 “most conservative,” making it one of two counties in the country containing more than one such city.
Orange County is known as the “Tech Coast” for its many software and biomedical companies. The pharmaceutical segment of Orange County grew 37% in the last 6 years versus 2% in the U.S. The computer industry in Orange County is composed of over 2200 hardware and electronic corporations and employs over 80,000 OC residents.