A rather affluent community in Orange County, the city of Newport Beach, California, is located about 10 miles south of Santa Ana, and is home to a population of almost 90,000, as of 2009 estimates. The community was made well known nationwide when it was used as the setting for Fox’s fictional TV series, “The OC,” and MTV’s reality-based series, “Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County.” The city is known for its residents wealthy lifestyles, with 2008 estimates putting its median household income at more than $110,000.
Ranchers in 1870 named the bay Newport, and its developed further in the early 1900s when the Pacific Electric Railroad established a point there connecting the beach to downtown Los Angeles. The city officially incorporated, with a population of just more than 200, in 1906. The city is bordered by Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, the John Wayne Airport and Irvine. It is also bordered on the east by Crystal Cove State Park. It encompasses nearly 40 square miles, more than 60 percent of which is water.
Newport Beach is home to several distinct communities, including Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills and Balboa Peninsula. Its beaches include those on the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park.
Attractions in the city include Fashion Island, the Pacific Symphony, Balboa Fun Zone and Balboa Island Ferry, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Newport Sports Museum, the Balboa Bay Club, the Newport Aquatic Center and Pelican Hill Golf Club. Events here include an Independence Day celebration, the annual Corona del Mar Scenic 5K Race, the Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival, the decades-old whale launch, the four-month Newport Beach Jazz Series, and movies on the beach at Newport Dunes.