MOORLACH UPDATE — Happy 130th Birthday, Orange County! — August 1, 2019

On August 1, 1889, 130 years ago today, the County of Orange officially incorporated after splitting off from Los Angeles County. During the 125th anniversary, I recognized the County’s quasquicentennial in my UPDATEs with the following commemorative logo:

The joys of data and proofing. There are a few changes to the fiscal ranking list of Orange County’s 34 cities. I apologize for the inconvenience. Like trying on a new suit, sometimes minor alterations need to be made.

The chart for Table One below supersedes and replaces Table One in MOORLACH UPDATE — Local Debts Versus State Surplus — July 29, 2019. I have also moved the ranking change column. Table Two is provided again, but has no changes.

Due to this modification, I’m providing a bonus chart. Table Three provides the population numbers I’ve used, as well as the Unrestricted Net Positions for Governmental Activities (in thousands) provided in the June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. Note that those living in unincorporated islands in the County, like Rossmoor and North Tustin, will not be included in the total population number provided.

After a little more settling down of the data, the major mover was the city of Yorba Linda, with the other cities staying near their former rankings. Adding $17.5 million in retiree medical liabilities to its balance sheet had an impact.

Table One

Rank June 30,2018 Per Capita Change Rank June 30, 2017 Per Capita
1 Tustin $1,835 1 1 Cypress $1,805
2 Irvine $1,601 1 2 Tustin $1,754
3 Laguna Beach $1,540 1 3 Irvine $1,624
4 Cypress $1,517 -3 4 Laguna Beach $1,159
5 Laguna Niguel $1,032 0 5 Laguna Niguel $1,154
6 Dana Point $733 1 6 Lake Forest $677
7 Lake Forest $698 -1 7 Dana Point $668
8 Laguna Woods $599 0 8 Laguna Woods $595
9 Aliso Viejo $564 1 9 La Palma $566
10 Villa Park $491 2 10 Aliso Viejo $534
11 La Palma $481 -2 11 Yorba Linda $423
12 San Clemente $361 1 12 Villa Park $421
13 Rancho Santa Margarita $353 2 13 San Clemente $350
14 Stanton $330 0 14 Stanton $321
15 Mission Viejo $181 1 15 Rancho Santa Margarita $287
16 Laguna Hills $93 1 16 Mission Viejo $211
17 Yorba Linda $43 -6 17 Laguna Hills $105
18 San Juan Capistrano ($165) 1 18 Seal Beach $83
19 Seal Beach ($189) -1 19 San Juan Capistrano ($6)
20 Garden Grove ($631) 3 20 Buena Park ($348)
21 La Habra ($664) 0 21 La Habra ($446)
22 Buena Park ($697) -2 22 Los Alamitos ($487)
23 Los Alamitos ($900) -1 23 Garden Grove ($491)
24 Placentia ($987) 1 24 Westminster ($565)
25 Orange ($1,051) 2 25 Placentia ($583)
26 Westminster ($1,068) -2 26 Fountain Valley ($689)
27 Fullerton ($1,179) 1 27 Orange ($738)
28 Huntington Beach ($1,256) 1 28 Fullerton ($868)
29 Fountain Valley ($1,288) -3 29 Huntington Beach ($1,128)
30 Newport Beach ($1,374) 2 30 Santa Ana ($1,134)
31 Santa Ana ($1,482) -1 31 Anaheim ($1,145)
32 Anaheim ($1,545) -1 32 Newport Beach ($1,269)
33 Brea ($1,740) 0 33 Brea ($1,312)
34 Costa Mesa ($1,949) 0 34 Costa Mesa ($1,419)

Table Two

Retiree Medical UNP
Rank City Change YoY Change YoY
1 Mission Viejo $809,563 ($2,946,000)
2 Laguna Niguel $348,661 ($224,000)
3 Stanton $232,215 $295,000
4 San Juan Capistrano $53,741 ($3,741,000)
5 Laguna Hills $0 ($359,000)
6 Laguna Woods ($12,092) $233,000
7 Aliso Viejo ($40,354) $2,429,000
8 Villa Park ($92,999) $237,000
9 Lake Forest ($194,027) $1,731,000
10 Rancho Santa Margarita ($422,899) $3,467,000
11 San Clemente ($975,558) $545,000
12 La Palma ($1,055,124) ($1,379,000)
13 Dana Point ($1,203,785) $1,876,000
14 Laguna Beach ($1,598,059) $816,000
15 La Habra ($3,094,000) ($5,056,000)
16 Los Alamitos ($3,710,480) ($4,962,000)
17 Cypress ($4,717,348) ($13,847,000)
18 Irvine ($4,933,000) $8,499,000
19 Tustin ($5,159,284) $6,676,000
20 Seal Beach ($5,662,789) ($7,134,000)
21 Buena Park ($5,782,282) ($29,346,000)
22 Huntington Beach ($7,866,000) $8,346,000
23 Garden Grove ($10,175,285) ($24,906,000)
24 Orange ($13,681,913) ($45,286,000)
25 Fullerton ($14,200,984) ($46,475,000)
26 Brea ($15,759,208) ($20,953,000)
27 Yorba Linda ($17,460,790) ($27,933,000)
28 Placentia ($22,847,375) ($19,309,000)
29 Newport Beach ($24,201,323) ($12,043,000)
30 Fountain Valley ($31,602,037) ($34,231,000)
31 Westminster ($39,487,411) ($48,050,000)
32 Santa Ana ($47,157,171) ($114,372,000)
33 Costa Mesa ($49,152,118) ($62,853,000)
34 Anaheim ($138,177,000) ($140,994,000)
Total ($468,978,515) ($631,249,000)

Table Three

Rank City Population UNP UNP Difference
2018 6/30/2018 6/30/2017
1 Tustin 82,344 $151,119 $144,443 $6,676
2 Irvine 276,176 $442,116 $433,617 $8,499
3 Laguna Beach 23,309 $35,893 $35,077 $816
4 Cypress 49,978 $75,804 $89,651 ($13,847)
5 Laguna Niguel 65,377 $67,450 $67,674 ($224)
6 Dana Point 34,071 $24,965 $23,089 $1,876
7 Lake Forest 84,845 $59,234 $57,503 $1,731
8 Laguna Woods 16,597 $9,937 $9,704 $233
9 Aliso Viejo 51,950 $29,312 $26,883 $2,429
10 Villa Park 5,951 $2,919 $2,682 $237
11 La Palma 15,948 $7,673 $9,052 ($1,379)
12 San Clemente 65,543 $23,634 $23,089 $545
13 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,329 $17,427 $13,960 $3,467
14 Stanton 39,470 $13,015 $12,720 $295
15 Mission Viejo 95,987 $17,421 $20,367 ($2,946)
16 Laguna Hills 31,818 $2,956 $3,315 ($359)
17 Yorba Linda 69,121 $2,992 $30,925 ($27,933)
18 San Juan Capistrano 36,759 ($6,050) ($2,309) ($3,741)
19 Seal Beach 25,984 ($4,911) $2,223 ($7,134)
20 Garden Grove 176,896 ($111,538) ($86,632) ($24,906)
21 La Habra 62,850 ($41,737) ($36,681) ($5,056)
22 Buena Park 83,995 ($58,567) ($29,221) ($29,346)
23 Los Alamitos 11,863 ($10,679) ($5,717) ($4,962)
24 Placentia 52,755 ($52,089) ($32,780) ($19,309)
25 Orange 141,952 ($149,196) ($103,910) ($45,286)
26 Westminster 94,476 ($100,942) ($52,892) ($48,050)
27 Fullerton 144,214 ($169,976) ($123,501) ($46,475)
28 Huntington Beach 202,648 ($254,528) ($262,874) $8,346
29 Fountain Valley 56,920 ($73,294) ($39,063) ($34,231)
30 Newport Beach 87,182 ($119,818) ($107,775) ($12,043)
31 Santa Ana 338,247 ($501,404) ($387,032) ($114,372)
32 Anaheim 357,084 ($551,607) ($410,613) ($140,994)
33 Brea 44,890 ($78,107) ($57,154) ($20,953)
34 Costa Mesa 115,296 ($224,658) ($161,805) ($62,853)
3,091,825 ($1,525,234) ($893,985) ($631,249)

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