Relocating to Orange County: Where Is The Best Place to Raise a Family?


Beach Coast Line in Orange County
Orange County California

Orange County represents all that’s great about life in California. Lots of sunshine, plenty to do and an easygoing attitude define the area. If you’re looking to relocate your family in 2015, this county near the Santa Ana Mountains has everything you need. Here are some top choices for family-friendly locales in Orange County:

  • Santa Ana
  • Mission Viejo
  • Aliso Viejo

April marks the beginning of the warm season, making this a perfect time for a pre-move visit. Santa Ana is a great starting point. In 2011, the county seat was ranked by Forbes magazine as the fourth-safest U.S. city with a population of over 250,000. As part of the Greater Los Angeles area, that means you get the cultural and recreational opportunities of a larger city and the safety of a smaller community.

Saddleback Mountains & Lake Mission Viejo, California
Lake Mission Viejo California and the Saddleback Mountains

Mission Viejo is considered among the best OC communities for raising families. The top reason for this distinction is its low crime rate. The city ranked in the top ten among the country’s safest cities in 2013, according to a City Crime Rankings publication by CQ Press. This isn’t the first time Mission Viejo has ranked high for safety, either. The 14th Annual City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan American touted the town as the safest in the United States. Fantastic weather, great shopping and opportunities for family fun also help make this a top OC destination.

Aliso Viejo offers peace and quiet, as well as a wealth of leisure activities. Golf, hiking, youth sports, fabulous restaurants, beautiful parks and other amenities make this a perfect place for families. With events like a family twilight camp, a creek cleanup and an Arbor Day celebration on the books for April, it’s easy to see why families flock to Aliso Viejo in 2015.

From views of the Santa Ana Mountains to great schools and safe neighborhoods, Orange County offers the best of California living in 2015. Whether in April or December, enjoy the great outdoors and the best in entertainment and city services in these beautiful OC communities.


William M. Strachan, attorney at law, is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce or child custody, please call (714) 841-1931 or visit our website here.