The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County, with Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego County to the south. Newport Beach is bordered by the cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach.
Newport Beach is known for its fine residential areas, modern shopping facilities, strong business community and quality school system. It surrounds Newport Bay where more than 9,000 boats of all types are docked within the 21-square-mile harbor area. The bay area and the City’s eight miles of ocean beach offer outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities.
Newport Beach's median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings. The Daily Pilot, a newspaper published in the neighboring city of Costa Mesa but which serves the greater Newport-Mesa community, reported in 2010 that more than a quarter of households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million.
Newport Harbor is a semi-artificial harbor that was formed by dredging Newport Bay estuary during the early 1900s. Several artificial islands were built, which are now covered with private homes: Newport Island, Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island, Collins Island, Bay Island, Harbor Island, Lido Isle and Linda Isle. Newport Beach real estate offers some of the most sought after properties in the world.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District covers 58.83 square miles and includes the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as well as other unincorporated areas. The District began operations on July 1, 1966 serving Kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12). Currently, there are twenty-two elementary schools, two intermediate schools, four high schools, one alternative education center, an Early College High School and one adult education center in the District for a total of 31 schools. The District currently serves around 21,800 students.
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