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City of Newport Beach
—  City  —

Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California.
Coordinates: 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.616667°N 117.8975°W / 33.616667; -117.8975Coordinates: 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.616667°N 117.8975°W / 33.616667; -117.8975
Country United States
State California
County Orange
Incorporated September 1, 1906[1][2]
 - Type Mayor-Council
 - Mayor Edward D. Selich[3]
 - Governing body City of Newport Beach City Council
 - Total 39.8 sq mi (103.2 km2)
 - Land 14.8 sq mi (38.3 km2)
 - Water 25.1 sq mi (64.9 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 - Total 86,252
 Density 5,832.7/sq mi (2,252/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92657-92663
Area code(s) 949
FIPS code 06-51182
GNIS feature ID 1661104
Website City of Newport Beach
Misc. Information
City tree Coral tree
City flower Bougainvillea

Newport Beach, incorporated in 1906, is a city in Orange County, California, 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Santa Ana. As of January 1, 2009, the population was 86,252.[4] The current OMB metropolitan designation for Newport Beach lies within the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine area. The city's median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings making Newport Beach one of the wealthiest communities in California, and in United States overall. As of February 2010 ranked Newport Beach, California the richest U.S. city. [5] The Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, CA a neighboring city newspaper reported more than a quarter households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million. [6]



In 1870 a steamer named "The Vaquero" made its first trip to a marshy lagoon for trading. Ranch owners in the Lower Bay decided from then on that the area should be called "Newport."[2]

In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Electric Railway established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1906 with a population of 206 citizens, the scattered settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach.[2]

Settlements filled in on the Peninsula, West Newport, Balboa Island and Lido Isle. In 1923 Corona del Mar was annexed and in 2002 Newport Coast, East Santa Ana Heights & San Joaquin Hills, were annexed.[2] In 2008, after a long battle with the City of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach annexed West Santa Ana Heights.




Newport Beach extends in elevation from sea level to the 1161 ft (354 m.) summit of Signal Peak in the San Joaquin Hills,[7] but the official elevation is 25 feet (8 m) above sea level at a location of 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.616667°N 117.8975°W / 33.616667; -117.8975 (33.616671, -117.897604)[8].

The city is bordered to the west by Huntington Beach at the Santa Ana River, on the north side by Costa Mesa, John Wayne Airport, and Irvine (including UC Irvine), and on the east side by Crystal Cove State Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 103.2 km² (39.8 mi²). 38.3 km² (14.8 mi²) of it is land and 64.9 km² (25.1 mi²) of it (62.91%) is water.

Areas of Newport Beach include Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills, and Balboa Peninsula (also known as Balboa).


The Upper Newport Bay was carved out by the prehistoric flow of the Santa Ana River. It feeds the delta that is the Back Bay, and eventually joins Lower Newport Bay, commonly referred to as Newport Harbor. The Lower Bay includes Balboa Island, Bay Island, Harbor Island, Lido Isle and Linda Isle.[9]


Newport Beach has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb). Like many coastal cities in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Newport Beach exhibits weak temperature variation, both diurnally and seasonally, compared to inland cities even a few miles from the ocean. The Pacific Ocean greatly moderates Newport Beach's climate by warming winter temperatures and cooling summer temperatures.

Climate data for Newport Beach
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 64
Average low °F (°C) 48
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.60
Source: Weather Channel [10] March 29, 2009


Balboa Pavilion on Main Street
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 445
1920 895 101.1%
1930 2,203 146.1%
1940 4,438 101.5%
1950 12,120 173.1%
1960 26,564 119.2%
1970 49,582 86.7%
1980 62,556 26.2%
1990 66,643 6.5%
2000 70,032 5.1%

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 70,032 people, 33,071 households, and 16,965 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,829.5/km² (4,738.8/mi²). There were 37,288 housing units at an average density of 974.1/km² (2,523.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.22% White, 0.53% African American, 0.26% Native American, 4.00% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.71% of the population.

There were 33,071 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.7% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

According to a 2008 US Census estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $110,511, while the median family income was $162,976.[12] Males had a median income of $73,425 versus $45,409 for females. The per capita income for the city was $63,015. About 2.1% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Housing prices in Newport Beach ranked eighth highest in the United States in a 2009 survey.[13]


As of January 2010, there were 34,747 registered Republicans, 13,684 Democrats 11,719 unaffiliated and 2,432 minor party voters.[14]

In the state legislature Newport Beach is located in the 35th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Harman, and in the 68th and 70th Assembly District, represented by Republicans Van Tran and Chuck DeVore respectively. Federally, Newport Beach is located in California's 48th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +8[15] and is represented by Republican John Campbell.


Newport Center

Before its dissolution Air California was headquartered in Newport Beach.[16][17]

The city is also the home of the Pacific Investment Management Company, which runs the world's largest bond fund.

Several semiconductor companies, including Jazz Semiconductor, have their operations in Newport Beach.


Points of interest

Balboa Beach is one of the popular beaches of Newport.


Attractions include beaches on the Balboa Peninsula (featuring body-boarding hot-spot The Wedge), Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park, to the south.

The Catalina Flyer, a giant 500 passenger catamaran, provides daily transportation from the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach to Avalon, California located on Santa Catalina Island. The historic Balboa Pavilion, established in 1906, is Newport Beach's most famous landmark.

The Orange County Museum of Art is a museum that exhibits modern and contemporary art, with emphasis on the work of California artists.[citation needed].

Balboa Island is an artificial island in Newport Harbor that was dredged and filled right before World War I. The Balboa Fun Zone is home to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.[18][19]

The Pelican Hill area has two golf courses, both of which were recently reopened after extensive remodeling and the construction of a new hotel and clubhouse.[20]

Popular culture

The city has figured into several television shows and movies.

  • The popular TV show The O.C. was based on the fictional lives of people living in Newport Beach.
  • MTV replaced its hit teen-reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County with a new show, Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, on August 15, 2007. Only the cast and location changed in the new series, based on the lives of high school students living in Newport Beach.
  • The TV series "Arrested Development" was set in Orange County and would often feature scenes at Newport Beach.
  • Several scenes from the Disney Channel movie The Thirteenth Year were filmed at the Balboa Pavilion in 1999.
  • The pop rock band Cute Is What We Aim For has a song titled Newport Living.

Notable natives and/or residents

Balboa Street
Orange Coast College sailing school


North Newport Beach from the air

Sister cities

Newport Beach has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:


  1. ^ Unattributed. "About the City of Newport Beach" (in en-US). City of Newport Beach web site. City of Newport Beach, CA. Retrieved July 29, 2008.  A concise historical timeline compared to History of Newport Beach.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Felton, James P. (1988). "Newport Beach Chronological Timeline" (in en-US). Newport Beach: The First Century, 1888–1988. Newport Beach Historical Society. Retrieved July 29, 2008.  (Archived by WebCite at From a portion of that work reproduced on the City's Public Library web site.
  3. ^ "City Council" (in en-US). City of Newport Beach. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "E-1 Population Estimates for Cities, Counties and the State with Annual Percent Change — January 1, 2008 and 2009". California Department of Finance. 2009-05. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Signal Peak
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ NOAA Online Nautical Chart Viewer 18754 -- Newport Bay
  10. ^ Average weather for Newport Beach Weather Channel'.' Retrieved March 29, 2008.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ Three O.C. cities rank near top in U.S. income - OC Business News
  13. ^ Lansner, Jonathan (September 25, 2009). "Newport Beach slips in Coldwell ranking of prices". The Orange County Register: p. Business 1. 
  14. ^ Orange County Voter Statistics
  15. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved February 10, 2008. 
  16. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 20, 1975. p. 465. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Newport Beach city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  18. ^ Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
  19. ^ "Newport Harbor Nautical Museum". Orange County with Anaheim Sights. Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  20. ^ Pelican Hill
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i Connelly, Laylan (September 30, 2005). "Newport Beach turns 100". The Orange County Register. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  22. ^ Forbes 400 bio
  23. ^ Michaels, Pat (June 23, 2008). "King of Surf Guitars needs good thoughts". The Orange County Register. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  24. ^ Philadelphia Flyers - Fan Zone: Lupul Road Trip Blog
  25. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (December 3, 2008). "Mike Ness tries to find a balance". The Orange County Register. 
  26. ^ Age of Secrets: The Conspiracy that Toppled Richard Nixon and the Hidden Death of Howard Hughes written by Gerald Bellett, 1995, Voyageur North America, ISBN 0-921842-42-2
  27. ^ Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Live web site Note: this information is dated; Rodman has not lived in Newport Beach for several years. For more on this, see Gottlieb, Jeff. Rodman's Newport Party Pad Closes Up, Los Angeles Times June 11, 2004. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
  28. ^ Frank J. Rumbauskas Jr. - Official Site - About Frank
  29. ^ Koltnow, Barry (October 2, 2009). "Emma Stone is Clicking". The Orange County Register: p. Show 1. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  30. ^ a b c Newport Beach Sister City

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