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. The current
designation for Newport Beach lies within the Santa
Ana-Anaheim-Irvine area. As of February 2010 Portfolio.com
ranked Newport Beach, California the richest U.S. city. 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. 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.
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."
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
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 and San
Joaquin Hills, were annexed. In 2008, after a long battle
with the City of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach annexed West Santa
Beach extends in elevation from sea
level to the 1161 ft (354 m.) summit of Signal Peak
in the San Joaquin Hills,
but the official elevation is 25 feet (8 m) above sea level
at a location of
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.
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.
of Newport Beach include Corona
del Mar, Balboa
Joaquin Hills, and Balboa
Peninsula (also known as Balboa).
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, Little Balboa Island, Collins Island, Bay Island,
Harbor Island, Lido
Isle and Linda Isle.
Beach Back Bay from 1200 AGL.
Beach has a Mediterranean
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.
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of the census 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,
American, 0.26% Native
American, 4.00% Asian,
Islander, 1.13% from other
races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 4.71% of the population.
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
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
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. 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.
prices in Newport Beach ranked eighth highest in the United
States in a 2009 survey.
of January 2010, there were 34,747 registered Republicans,
13,684 Democrats 11,719 unaffiliated and 2,432 minor party
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 and is represented by Republican John
its dissolution Air California
was headquartered in Newport Beach.
city is also the home of the Pacific
Investment Management Company, which runs the world's
largest bond fund.
semiconductor companies, including Jazz
Semiconductor, have their operations in Newport Beach.
Beach is one of the popular beaches of Newport.
include beaches on the Balboa
Peninsula (featuring body-boarding hot-spot The
del Mar State Beach and Crystal
Cove State Park, to the south.
Catalina Flyer, a giant 500
passenger catamaran, provides daily transportation from the
in Newport Beach to Avalon,
California located on Santa
Catalina Island. The historic Balboa
Pavilion, established in 1906, is Newport Beach's most
Orange County Museum
of Art is a museum that exhibits modern and contemporary
art, with emphasis on the work of California artists. [citation
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.
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.
city has figured into several television shows and movies.
natives and/or residents
Newcombe, Founding member of The
Brian Jonestown Massacre (Band)
Ball, Australian Tennis Player
Botha, former Heavyweight
Bren, billionaire owner of the Irvine Company which
owns 1/6th of the land of Orange County including most
of Newport Beach
player, Los Angeles Lakers
Dale, musician, "King of the Surf Guitar"
Gordeeva, figure skater
player, San Diego Padres[citation
Kulik, figure skater
Tognoli, Italian Art Guru
Malone, retired NBA
Ness of Social Distortion
H. Meier, former business adviser to Howard
Rodman, retired NBA
Rumbauskas, bestselling author
player, New England
Yardley, former Detroit
Pistons basketball player
Woods, professional golfer
Barkley, first freshman
to ever start at quarterback
for the University
of Southern California football
Steinberg, noted sports agent, said to be the model
for the title character of "Jerry Maguire"
Stefani, singer, No Doubt
Norris, martial arts star, part owner at one time
of "Woody's Wharf" on Balboa Peninsula
Jackson, Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Locklear, actress from television shows "Melrose
Place" and "Dynasty"
Cohen, figure skater
Cage, actor, National Treasure, Moonstruck
Newport Beach from the air
Beach has three sister
cities, as designated by Sister