If you’re reading this blog, chances are I’m preaching to the choir but I thought I’d take this opportunity to make list of why I love living in Orange County and why I plan to put down deep roots here.
1. The Weather
I can’t think of a place on Earth that has better weather than us. Hawaii is incredibly plush. The East Coast has 4 seasons. But we have it pretty good, don’t we? The cost of living is high and while others choose to leave for greener pastures, I think it’s well worth it.
2. Cultural Diversity
Certainly LA has us beat by some standards. In fact I was born in LA, lived for a spell in Rhode Island and moved to North Orange County when I was 6 years old. But over the years Orange County has become more diverse offering families from many different countries a safe place to raise kids and start new businesses. When I was in elementary school in La Habra my 2nd grade class was bi-lingual Spanish speaking. We moved to Placentia where I attended jr high and high school later at Valencia High School. I had friends who spoke many different languages and it just felt normal.
3. Outdoor activities
From our many beaches like Huntington (where my wife is from), Newport (my old summer hang out on 42nd st.), Laguna (art rich community) and more to the local mountains, we have it all. People come to Orange County on vacation. Nuff said.
4. Hot Bed of Talented Young People and Resources
I think you’d be hard pressed to find another place in the country so full of talented young people. Sure, other states have pockets of specialty talent (Texas and New York come to mind) but all over Orange County you can find talented singers, dancers, musicians, athletes and scholars.
As one example, my daughter played competitive club soccer in South OC for years (before she had to choose between soccer and Track & Field in high school). Soccer, especially girl’s soccer, is incredibly competitive here. Some of the best Division 1 colleges recruit from South Orange County soccer clubs like the SoCal Blues, West Coast FC, Slammers and Irvine Strikers to name a few. And several of the Women’s National Team players have come out of OC…
There is always room for improvement in education like the need for more funding, more affordable tuition, smaller class rooms, better wages for teachers, better teachers etc. But we still have it pretty good. There are also great local 2-year and 4-year colleges like Cal State Fullerton, UCI, Chapman and many others.
6. Business Opportunity
OC county has a thriving small business and entrepreneur community. From little Silicon Valley near the Irvine Spectrum to the thousands of sole proprietorships including restaurants, retailers, service providers and more. I think you could find just about anything you could dream of for sale and a market to sell to in Orange County…
What did I leave out? I would love to hear from you, please Tweet me…