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Encyclopedia > Orinda, California

Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 17,599 at the 2000 census. Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

The Orinda Theatre at night (circa 1988)
The Orinda Theatre at night (circa 1988)

Orinda is a well-known community in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is home to many wealthy professionals who commute to downtown Oakland, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 401 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1154 × 1724 pixel, file size: 567 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Subject: The Orinda Theatre at night Date: Circa 1988 Place: Orinda, California, USA Photographer: Andwhatsnext Original 35mm photograph scanned Credit: Copyright (c) 1988... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 401 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1154 × 1724 pixel, file size: 567 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Subject: The Orinda Theatre at night Date: Circa 1988 Place: Orinda, California, USA Photographer: Andwhatsnext Original 35mm photograph scanned Credit: Copyright (c) 1988... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Walnut Creek is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland located in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Originally a rural area mainly known for ranching and summer cabins, the town's popularity as a year-round place to live increased after the Caldecott Tunnel was completed. It provides a shorter trip to access points west, including San Francisco. Bisected by Highway 24 leading quickly to urban attractions, this suburban area is framed by its rolling hills covered with grass and oak trees. The Caldecott Tunnel is a three bore tunnel in Oakland, California. ...


It is home to four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. One of the most popular sports in the area is swimming, and Orinda has several swim clubs that compete for a recreational championship cup in mid-August every year, the OMPA (Orinda Moraga Pool Association). Orinda is also home to the popular year-round swim team, Orinda Aquatics, which practices at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California. From 2002 to 2005, Orinda was the home of the Orinda Film Festival, a regional film festival. Orinda Aquatics (OAPB) is a year-round swimming program located in Moraga, California. ...

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Geography

Orinda is located at 37°52′56″N, 122°10′30″W (37.882358, -122.175123)GR1. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-Orinda. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.7 km² (12.6 mi²). 32.6 km² (12.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.32%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

The hills of Orinda (circa 1987)

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 17,599 people, 6,596 households, and 5,243 families residing in the city. The population density was 539.7/km² (1,398.2/mi²). There were 6,744 housing units at an average density of 206.8/km² (535.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.6% White, 0.5% Black, 0.15% Native American, 9.24% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 2.84% from two or more races. 3.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 512 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 640 pixel, file size: 323 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Subject: Alice Lane, shot from the west of the city on Zander Drive (near the Orinda/Moraga border) [1] Date: Circa 1987 Place... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 512 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 640 pixel, file size: 323 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Subject: Alice Lane, shot from the west of the city on Zander Drive (near the Orinda/Moraga border) [1] Date: Circa 1987 Place... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 6,596 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 7.66 and the average family size was 0.98. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $117,637, and the median income for a family was $132,531. The per capita income for the city was $65,428. About 1.3% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Schools

The Orinda school system is noted for its excellence in all levels by California standards. The town's only high school, Miramonte, is a part of the Acalanes Union High School District. Miramonte averages approximately 1400 students per year. Athletics are a big part of the school, with not just swimming being a popular sport. The varsity football team has been successful for a number of years and has won league championships on numerous occasions. The school has produced such NFL players as Ken Dorsey, Drew Bennett, and Bryan Barker. Water polo is also a popular sport, reserved for those who prefer to put on speedos instead of football pads. The school's track, cross country, baseball, tennis, and golf teams all have had remarkable success as well. The only middle school is Orinda Intermediate School (a.k.a. OIS). O.I.S. has some great athletes, and overall is one of the smartest schools in California. The four public elementary schools are Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Wagner Ranch Elementary, Glorietta Elementary and Del Rey Elementary. The middle and elementary schools comprise the Orinda Union School District, the highest ranked K-8 school district in California[1]. Miramonte High School is a high school which is part of Acalanes Union High School District. ... Acalanes Union High School District is the district for southwest central Contra Costa County in California. ... Orinda Union School District is a school district in Orinda, California that serves students in kindergarten through 8th grade. ...


Famous Current or Former Residents

  • Dana Sparks, actress/spokesperson "Falcon Crest", "Passions" "L.A. Law", "L'Oreal", "Mercedes Benz", etc.
  • Gary Radnich, news broadcaster
  • Claudell Washington, former Major League baseball player
  • Ken Dorsey, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and currently the quarterback for the Cleveland browns
  • Will Wright, computer game designer of games such as SimCity and The Sims
  • Drew Bennett, white NFL wide receiver of the St. Louis Rams
  • [[Members of Green Day, a punk rock band
  • Bob Freeman, talk show host
  • Adonal Foyle, current star Golden State Warriors center and founder of Democracy Matters
  • Owsley Stanley, audio engineer and legendary psychedelic chemist. A raid on his Orinda ranch house in December 1967 reportedly found a lab with 250,000 hits of LSD.
  • Susan Polk, Orinda housewife sentenced to 16 to life for the murder of husband, Felix Polk. Depicted in Carol Pogash's book, "Seduced By Madness: The True Story of The Susan Polk Murder Case." * Pogash's Seduced By Madness
  • Taylor Humphrey, college Quarterback, future NFL hall of famer
  • Jim Barnett, former Golden State Warriors player, and current Warriors TV color commentator on Fox Sports Net.

Dana Sparks (born 1 August 1961 in California) is an American television actress. ... Gary Radnich is currently the host of the 9 a. ... Claudell Washington (born August 31, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Oakland Athletics (1974-76), Texas Rangers (1977-78), Chicago White Sox (1978-80), New York Mets (1980), Atlanta Braves (1981-86), New York Yankees (1987-88, 1990... Kenneth Simon Dorsey (born April 22, 1981 in Orinda, California) is an NFL quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after being traded from San Francisco 49ers for veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer. ... Will Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American computer game designer and co-founder of the game development company, Maxis. ... SimCity is a simulation and city-building personal computer game, first released in 1989 and designed by Will Wright. ... For games with Sim in the title, see List of Sim games. ... Andrew Russell Bennett (born August 26, 1978 in Berkeley, California) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ... Adonal David Foyle (born March 9, 1975 in Canouan, St. ... Owsley Stanley (b. ... Susan Mae Polk (born Susan Bolling in 1958) was a housewife and mother of three who ultimately admitted to, and was convicted of murdering her husband, Dr. Frank Felix Polk. ...

Neighboring Cities

Moraga, California
Lafayette, California // Moraga Way view toward Moraga Road. ... Lafayette is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ...


The cities of Orinda and Lafayette, along with the town of Moraga, are collectively known as "Lamorinda."


References

External links

  • Official City of Orinda Website
  • A brief history of Orinda
  • Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 37.882358° -122.175123°
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The Orinda school system is noted for its excellence in all levels.
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