There are many aspects to Orange County based on town, here are some:
Irvine - Economically diverse, minority majority, the biggest bubble you can find in the United States. The only people we have here that are "hard core" are wangsters who can't rap. Oh and half of the wangsters are Asian, not African-American.
Orange - Less wealthy, very dreary and very WASTED area. There are tons of druggies and garage bands thrive here. White majority, unlike Irvine, but not racist.
BEACH cities - Such a large category that it's melded into one. Generally full of spoiled, rich, white racists. Lots of booze. 'Course that's just a generalization so it can't be THAT bad, can it?
Oh. And there are no freakin' oranges here. I live in Irvine and I've only seen a small area of orange trees near my house. The other place where there are orange trees is near a college but it's a really small amount.
What kind of fruit do we have the most of?
"Isn't that the place full of horny, white racists?"
"NO that's the BEACH cities! I live in Orange."
"OOOH SO YOU'RE A DRUGGY."
Also, the best Mexican food in California can be found in Santa Ana. And the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam can be found in Little Saigon of Westminster.
"For the same reason I can't get decent Mexican in NYC!", says proud Orange Countian.
There are places like Coto de Caza where the annoying CEOs live, but a majority of people living in Orange County don't have that much money..it all goes to their rent or mortgage, so even if they have a higher level job, once they pay the bills there isn't much left (an example of which I can attest wholeheartedly to).
Orange County is a bubble, once you look past the gangs in both counties, as a great deal of it is master-planned and gives you the feeling of never stepping into reality.
North person: ..No. How can it be ghetto when it still costs so much to live here? What, is it 'the ghetto life of a car designer'?
South person: I don't think so. South county isn't just comrpised of the used-to-be-artsy, now-super-expensive Laguna Beach or Coto de Caza. There are other communities with people who go paycheck to paycheck because of the cost of rent.
Annoying idiot: OH WHATEVER. You're just bitter because you don't live in Newport with Ryan and Marissa!
me: Orange county?
Idaho: I went there a few years ago. It's beautiful.
Me:Yeah, you'll have to come down again so you can join our beach bon fire. It's great.