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Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 118°0′1″W / 33.69278°N 118.00028°W / 33.69278; -118.00028
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Huntington Beach, California
Clockwise: the Huntington Beach Pier; Huntington Beach High School; aerial view of the coast; Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour; downtown
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Official seal of Huntington Beach, California
Location of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California
Location of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California
Huntington Beach is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach
Location within Greater Los Angeles
Huntington Beach is located in California
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach
Location in the state of California
Huntington Beach is located in the United States
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 118°0′1″W / 33.69278°N 118.00028°W / 33.69278; -118.00028
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedFebruary 17, 1909; 115 years ago (1909-02-17)[2]
Named forHenry E. Huntington
 • TypeCity Council/City Manager[3]
 • MayorGracey Van Der Mark[4]
 • Mayor pro temPat Burns
 • City council[6]Rhonda Bolton
Dan Kalmick
Casey McKeon
Natalie Moser
Tony Strickland
 • City attorneyMichael E. Gates[5]
 • City managerAl Zelinka
 • Total28.33 sq mi (73.38 km2)
 • Land27.00 sq mi (69.92 km2)
 • Water1.33 sq mi (3.46 km2)  16.10%
Elevation39 ft (12 m)
 • Total198,711
 • Rank4th in Orange County
23rd in California
124th in the United States
 • Density7,000/sq mi (2,700/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes[10]
92605, 92615, 92646–92649
Area codes562, 657/714
FIPS code06-36000
GNIS feature IDs1652724, 2410811

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California, United States. The city is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington. The population was 198,711 as of the 2020 census, making it the fourth most populous city in Orange County, the most populous beach city in Orange County, and the seventh most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Downtown Los Angeles, it is bordered by Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area on the west, the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Westminster on the north, by Fountain Valley on the northeast, by Costa Mesa on the east, and by Newport Beach on the southeast.

Huntington Beach has a long 9.5-mile (15.3 km) stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing, and beach culture. Swells generated predominantly from the North Pacific in winter and from a combination of Southern Hemisphere storms and cyclones in the summer focus on Huntington Beach, creating consistent surf all year long, hence the nickname "Surf City".[1]


Huntington Beach was originally part of Rancho Las Bolsas. In 1872, Californio ranchero Ramón Yorba (pictured) was patented for half of the rancho, along with Juan José Murillo.
The Huntington Beach Pier

The Tongva village of Lupukngna was located in what became Huntington Beach, with an approximate location near the Newland House Museum.[11] The nearby village of Genga, shared with the Acjachemen, was located across the Santa Ana River in what became Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.[12][13]

The main thoroughfare of Huntington Beach, Beach Boulevard, was originally a cattle route for the main industry of the Rancho. Since its time as a parcel of the enormous Spanish land grant, Huntington Beach has undergone many incarnations. Once it was known as Shell Beach, the town of Smeltzer, and then Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden West College stands. Later it became known as Fairview and then Pacific City, as it developed into a tourist destination. In order to secure access to the Pacific Electric Red Car lines[14] that used to criss-cross Los Angeles and ended in Long Beach, Pacific City ceded enormous power to railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington, and thus became a city whose name has been written into corporate sponsorship, and like much of the history of Southern California, boosterism.

The original Huntington Beach Pier was built in 1904 and was a 1,000-foot-long timber structure.[15][16] Huntington Beach was incorporated on February 17, 1909, during the tenure of its first mayor, Ed Manning. Its first developer was Huntington Beach Company (formerly the West Coast Land and Water Company), a real-estate development firm owned by Henry Huntington. The Huntington Beach Company is still a major land-owner in the city, and owns most of the local mineral rights. The company is wholly owned by the Chevron Corporation.[17]

At one time, an encyclopedia company gave away free parcels of land (with the purchase of a complete set for $126) in the Huntington Beach area.[18] The lucky buyers got more than they had bargained for when oil was discovered in the area, and enormous development of the oil reserves followed. Though many of the old reserves are depleted, and the price of land for housing has pushed many of the rigs off the landscape, oil pumps still dot the city.

Huntington Beach was primarily agricultural in its early years with crops such as lima beans, asparagus, peppers, celery and sugar beets. Holly Sugar was a major employer with a large processing plant in the city that was later converted into an oil refinery.

The city's first high school, Huntington Beach High School, located on Main Street, was built in 1906. The school's team, the Oilers, is named after the city's original natural resource.

Meadowlark Airport, a small general-aviation airport, existed in Huntington Beach from the 1940s until 1989.[19]

Huntington Beach Speedway, a racetrack designed for midget car racing, existed from 1946 until 1958.[20]

In 2023, Huntington Beach became involved in a lawsuit against California governor Gavin Newsom. In March 2023, the state sued Huntington Beach for failing to comply with state housing regulations. The suit brought by the state argued that the city’s ban on the processing of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) applications violated state housing laws. The city responded with a countersuit that argued it is not subject to state housing laws.[21] The state law required Huntington Beach to zone for 13,368 units to be built inside the city limits from October 2021 to 2029.[22] Huntington Beach's lawsuit describes overturning the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) which determines how housing needs are allocated. Huntington Beach council members have argued that local zoning should be left in control of the state.[23] The state had submitted and amended a complaint as of April 10, 2023, arguing that the city is in violation of the Housing Element Law. The state was seeking both penalties and injunctive relief. In addition to relief, the state was seeking the suspension of the city’s permitting authority and mandating the approval of certain projects.[24] The state filed a motion on June 22, 2023, to dismiss the city’s federal lawsuit. As of November 15, 2023, a federal judge has dismissed Huntington Beach’s lawsuit against the state over housing mandates.[25]


Huntington Beach at sunset

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.9 square miles (82.6 km2). 26.7 sq mi (69 km2) of it is land and 5.1 sq mi (13 km2) of it (16.10%) is water.

The entire city of Huntington Beach lies in area codes 714 and 657, except for small parts of Huntington Harbour (along with Sunset Beach, the community adjacent to Huntington Harbour), which is in the 562 area code.


Huntington Beach has a borderline semi-arid/Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: BSk/Csb), gradually changing for the second to the west and south due to its low precipitation. Although areas such as Huntington Central Park and northern Bolsa Chica usually fall into the first climate type, thus being the boundary of the cool summer Mediterranean climate on the west coast of North America, except for elevated portions in the southern end of the state.[26] The climate is generally sunny, dry and cool, although evenings can be excessively damp. In the morning and evening, there are often strong breezes that can reach 15 mph (24 km/h). Ocean water temperatures average 55 to 65 °F (13 to 18 °C). In the summer, temperatures rarely exceed 85 °F (29 °C). In the winter, temperatures rarely fall below 40 °F (4 °C), even on clear nights.[27] There are about 14 inches (360 mm) of rain, almost all in mid-winter. Frost occurs only rarely, on the coldest winter nights. The area is annually affected by a marine layer caused by the cool air of the Pacific Ocean meeting the warm air over the land. This results in overcast and foggy conditions in May and June.

Climate data for Huntington Beach, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 64
Daily mean °F (°C) 56
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 48
Record low °F (°C) 29
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.60
Average precipitation days 5 5 6 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 4 5 33
Mean monthly sunshine hours 217 226 279 300 279 270 341 341 270 248 210 217 3,198
Mean daily sunshine hours 7 8 9 10 9 9 11 11 9 8 7 7 9
Percent possible sunshine 69 73 75 76 65 63 78 82 73 71 67 70 72
Average ultraviolet index 3 4 6 8 9 10 10 10 8 5 4 3 7
Source 1: Weather Channel[28]
Source 2: Weather Atlas[29]

Natural resources[edit]

Between Downtown Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbour lies a large marshy wetland, much of which is protected within the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. A $110 million restoration of the wetlands was completed in 2006.[30] The reserve is popular with bird watchers and photographers.

South of Downtown, the Talbert, Brookhurst and Magnolia Marshes, which lie across the street from Huntington State Beach, had restoration completed in 2010.[31]

The northern and southern beaches (Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach, respectively) are state parks. Only the central beach (Huntington City Beach) is maintained by the city. Camping and RVs are permitted here, and popular campsites for the Fourth of July and the Surfing Championships must be reserved many months in advance. Bolsa Chica State Beach is actually a sand bar fronting the Bolsa Bay and Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve.

Huntington Harbour from the air

The Orange County run Sunset Marina Park next to Huntington Harbour is part of Anaheim Bay.[32] It is suitable for light craft, and includes a marina, launching ramp, basic services, a picnic area and a few restaurants. The park is in Seal Beach, but is only reachable from Huntington Harbour. The Sunset/Huntington Harbour area is patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol.[33]

The harbor entrance for Anaheim Bay is sometimes restricted by the United States Navy, which loads ships with munitions at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station to the north of the main channel.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[34]


The 2020 United States census reported that Huntington Beach had a population of 198,711. The population density was 7,360.5 inhabitants per square mile (2,841.9/km2). The racial makeup of Huntington Beach was 126,591 (63.7%) White (59.2% Non-Hispanic white), 2,291 (1.2%) African American, 1,293 (0.7%) Native American, 26,346 (13.2%) Asian, 603 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 15,689 (7.9%) from other races, and 25,898 (13.0%) from two or more races. There were 39,457 Hispanic or Latino residents of any race (19.9%).[9]

Huntington Beach city, California – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2000[35] Pop 2010[36] Pop 2020[37] % 2000 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 136,237 127,640 117,536 71.86% 67.18% 59.15%
Black or African American alone (NH) 1,383 1,635 2,111 0.73% 0.86% 1.06%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 777 532 443 0.41% 0.28% 0.22%
Asian alone (NH) 17,544 20,792 25,921 9.25% 10.94% 13.04%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 432 595 532 0.23% 0.31% 0.27%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 314 395 1,234 0.17% 0.21% 0.62%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 5,109 5,992 11,477 2.69% 3.15% 5.78%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 27,798 32,411 39,457 14.66% 17.06% 19.86%
Total 189,594 189,992 198,711 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%


The 2010 United States Census[38] reported that Huntington Beach had a population of 189,992. The population density was 7,102.9 inhabitants per square mile (2,742.4/km2). The racial makeup of Huntington Beach was 145,661 (76.7%) White, 1,813 (1.0%) African American, 992 (0.5%) Native American, 21,070 (11.1%) Asian, 635 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 11,193 (5.9%) from other races, and 8,628 (4.5%) from two or more races. There were 32,411 Hispanic or Latino residents of any race (17.1%). Non-Hispanic Whites were 67.2% of the population.[9]

The Census reported that 189,102 people (99.5% of the population) lived in households, 487 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 403 (0.2%) were institutionalized.

There were 74,285 households, out of which 21,922 (29.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 36,729 (49.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 7,685 (10.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3,804 (5.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 4,386 (5.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 504 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 18,489 households (24.9%) were made up of individuals, and 6,527 (8.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55. There were 48,218 families (64.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.07.

There were 39,128 people (20.6%) under the age of 18, 15,906 people (8.4%) aged 18 to 24, 54,024 people (28.4%) aged 25 to 44, 53,978 people (28.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 26,956 people (14.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

There were 78,003 housing units at an average density of 2,446.5 per square mile (944.6/km2), of which 44,914 (60.5%) were owner-occupied, and 29,371 (39.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.4%. 115,470 people (60.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 73,632 people (38.8%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Huntington Beach had a median household income of $81,389, with 8.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[9]


At the 2000 census, the population density was 7,183.6 inhabitants per square mile (2,773.6 inhabitants/km2). There were 75,662 housing units at an average density of 2,866.8 per square mile (1,106.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.2% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 9.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.8% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. 14.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 73,657 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, 22.2% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.4% was from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,527, and the median income for a family was $94,597. Adult males had a median income of $50,021 versus $33,041 for adult females. The per capita income for the city was $40,183. About 5.1% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


Oil wells, 1926
Oil Platform Emmy HB, March 2013


Huntington Beach sits above a large natural fault structure containing a critical supply of natural oil.

Huntington Beach has an off-shore oil terminus for the tankers that support the Alaska Pipeline. The terminus pipes run inland to a refinery in Santa Fe Springs. Huntington Beach also has the Gothard–Talbert terminus for the Orange County portion of the pipeline running from the Chevron El Segundo refinery.[39]

Environmental impact of oil drilling[edit]

San Pedro Bay Outer Continental Shelf Operations Map with oil platforms as of 2012- Edith, Elly, Ellen, Eureka (federal leases) and Ester, Emmy, Eva (state leases)

On October 3, 2021, an oil spill was reported where, "Officials warned of a potential ecological disaster after more than 120,000 gallons of oil leaked from an offshore rig and began washing up on beaches in Southern California as workers tried to contain the spill. The leak was reported Saturday afternoon, with the U.S. Coast Guard stating that the slick was about three miles off Newport Beach. Katrina Foley, an Orange County supervisor, tweeted that the oil spilled from Platform Elly, operated by Beta Offshore, a Long Beach unit of Houston-based Amplify Energy."[40] Reports of tidal wetlands have been damaged, "The spill had reached the Talbert Marsh and some environmentally sensitive wetlands areas by Sunday morning. It will take time to know the extent of the damage but officials said some birds and fish have been found dead. Huntington State Beach is home to a number of species of birds, including gulls, willet, long-billed fletcher, elegant teens and reddish egret, which are rare on the West Coast, according to Ben Smith, a biologist and environmental consultant for the county."[41][42]


As of 2007 the city was discussing closing off Main Street to cars from PCH through the retail shopping and restaurant areas, making it a pedestrian-only zone.[43] Other shopping centers include Bella Terra, built on the former Huntington Center site, Pacific City, and Old World Village, a German-themed center.[44]

Several hotels have been constructed on the inland side of PCH within view of the beach, just southeast of the pier.

Huntington Beach contains a small industrial district in its northwest corner, near the borders with Westminster and Seal Beach.

Huntington Beach contains a major installation of Boeing, formerly McDonnell-Douglas. A number of installations on the Boeing campus were originally constructed to service the Apollo Program, most notably the production of the S-IVB upper stage for the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets.

Surf City USA trademarks[edit]

While Huntington Beach retains its 15-year trademark of Surf City Huntington Beach, the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau filed four applications to register the "Surf City USA" trademark in November 2004. The idea was to market the city by creating an authentic brand based on Southern California's beach culture and active outdoor lifestyle while at the same time creating a family of product licensees who operate like a franchise family producing a revenue stream that could also be dedicated to promoting the brand and city. A ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released on May 12, 2006, awarded three trademark registrations to the Bureau; nine additional trademark registrations have been granted since this time and ten other Surf City USA trademarks are now under consideration.[45] One of the first products the Bureau developed to promote its brand was the Surf City USA Beach Cruiser by Felt Bicycles in 2006. The product has sold out every year in markets worldwide and created demand for a second rental bicycle model that will be marketed to resort locations across the globe starting in 2009.[46] The Bureau now has dozens of other licensed products on the market from Surf City USA soft drinks to clothing to glassware. As of April 2008, the Bureau had more than 20 licensing partners with over 50 different products being prepared to enter the market over the next 18 months.[47] Four of the Bureau's registrations of the trademark are now on the principal register and the remaining ten trademark applications are expected to follow. The Bureau is actively considering registration of the Surf City USA trademark in several different countries and anticipates a growing market for its branded products overseas in coming years.

An ongoing dispute between Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz, California over the trademark garnered national publicity in 2007 when a law firm representing Huntington Beach sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Santa Cruz T-shirt vendor.[48] A settlement was reached in January 2008, which allows the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau to retain the trademark.[49]


Downtown Huntington Beach

The downtown district includes an active art center, a colorful shopping district, and the International Surfing Museum.

The Huntington Beach Pier stretches from Main Street into the Pacific Ocean. The popular End Cafe located at the end of the pier, was destroyed during a storm in 1983, and was rebuilt and reopened on September 20, 1985.[50] The End Cafe closed in 1988 when another storm destroyed the end of the pier.[51] A Ruby's Diner was at the location from 1996 until 2021.[52] The location was briefly occupied by Bud & Gene's, a casual pop-up seafood restaurant that opened in July 2022.[53] This was short lived, and Bud & Gene's was replaced in August 2023 by the Broad Street Oyster Company.[54]

Huntington Beach is home to the Newland House Museum, Huntington Beach's oldest home built in 1898.[55]

The downtown district was also the home of the Golden Bear from 1929 to 1986. Originally a fine dining restaurant opened by Harry Bakre in 1929, the Golden Bear became a nightclub in 1963 and hosted famous-name entertainment until it was demolished in 1986. The list of artists who performed there includes BB King, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, Steve Martin, Charles Bukowski, The Ramones and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Top employers[edit]

According to Huntington Beach's 2023 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report,[56] the top ten private employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Boeing 3,112
2 Cambro Manufacturing 650
3 Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 641
4 Safran Cabin Inc. 633
5 Boardriders Wholesale 574
6 Huntington Beach Hospital 527
7 Walmart Inc. 462
8 No Ordinary Moments 458
9 Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort 450
10 The Home Depot 436

BJ's Restaurant & Brewery is also based in Huntington Beach.[57]

Arts and culture[edit]

Special events[edit]

Many of the events at Huntington Beach take place on the beach during the summer. The U.S. Open of Surfing is featured on the south side of the pier. Huntington Beach is a stop on the AVP beach volleyball tour.[58] A duathlon (swim/run) hosted by the Bolsa Chica & Huntington State Beach Lifeguards takes place in July, early at dawn. The race begins at the Santa Ana River Jetties and ends at Warner Avenue, Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard day camps are held which teaches pre-adolescents and adolescents ocean swimming, running, and first-aid medical knowledge.

In addition to the beach-focused events, the Fourth of July parade has been held since 1904.[59] The Huntington Beach Film Festival takes place every February.[60]

The Pacific Airshow (originally known as the Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow, then the Great Pacific Airshow), featuring the Breitling Jet Team and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, is held each October.[61][62]

During the winter, the annual Cruise of Lights Boat Tour is held in the Huntington Harbour neighborhood. This is a parade of colorful lighted boats as well as boat tours to view the decorated homes. In February of each year since 1996, the Surf City USA marathon is held with over 20,000 runners.[63] The annual Kite Festival is held just north of the pier in late February.

Huntington Beach hosts car shows such as the Beachcruiser Meet and a Concours d'Elegance. The Beachcruiser Meet is held in March, attracting over 250 classic cars displayed along Main Street and the Pier parking lot.[64] A Concours d'Elegance is held at Central Park in June and benefits the public library. An annual 'Cars N Copters' is held each October at Huntington State Beach featuring exotic cars and aircraft.[65] An informal "Donut Derelicts" car show occurs every Saturday morning at the intersection of Adams and Magnolia Street.

Surf City Nights is held every Tuesday night during the year. The Tuesday Surf City Nights is a community-spirited event that features a farmer's market, unique entertainment, food, kiddie rides and a carnival atmosphere. Surf City Nights and the Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk are presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District (HBDBID) and the City of Huntington Beach. The Tuesday night Surf City Nights event takes place in the first three blocks of Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue.


Surfers abound near Huntington City Pier
Huntington Beach during the day
Bolsa Chica surf

Huntington Beach is the site of the world surfing championships, held annually in the summer. The city is often referred to as "Surf City" because of this high-profile event, its history and culture of surfing. It is often called the "Surfing Capital of the World", not for the height of the waves, but rather for the consistent quality of surf.

Surf and beaches[edit]

George Freeth was the first person to surf in Huntington Beach with a demonstration on June 20, 1914. Freeth had been demonstrating surfing in Southern California since 1907 when he was hired first by Abbot Kinney in Venice, then Henry E. Huntington in Redondo Beach.[66] Duke Kahanamoku started surfing in Huntington Beach in 1925 and helped popularize the sport. The first surfboard shop, which was located underneath the Huntington Beach Pier, opened in 1956 by Gordie Duane.[67]

Huntington Beach has some of the best surf breaks in the State of California and that of the United States.[citation needed] Huntington Beach has four different facing beaches: Northwest, West, Southwest, and South. Northwest consists of Bolsa Chica State Beach with a length of 3.3 miles (5.3 km), the West consist of "The Cliffs" or "Dog Beach", Southwest is considered everything north of the pier which is operated by the City of Huntington Beach. South consists in everything south of the pier which primarily focuses on Huntington State Beach (2.2 Miles), which almost faces true South.

Bolsa Chica State Beach is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bolsa Chica State Beach Lifeguards. The beach is very narrow and the sand is very coarse. Bolsa Chica tends to have better surf with NW/W swells during the winter season. During the summer months the beach picks up south/southwest swells at a very steep angle. Due to the bottom of the beach, surf at Bolsa Chica tends to be slowed down and refined to soft shoulders. Longboards are the best option for surfing in the Bolsa Chica area.

"The Cliffs" or "Dog Beach" is also another popular surf spot. This segment of Huntington Beach is so named because dogs are allowed around the cliff area. Beach is very restricted and often is submerged with high tides. Surf at this location tends to be even bigger than Bolsa Chica during the winter and often better. During the summer most of the South/Southwest swells slide right by and often break poorly. The best option is to take out a longboard, but shortboards will do at times. Dolphins have also been sighted in this area.[68]

Just north and south of the Huntington Beach Pier are some well defined sandbars that shift throughout the year with the different swells. Southside of the Pier is often a popular destination during the summer for good surf, but the Northside can be just as well during the winter. Around the Pier it all depends on the swell and the sandbars. Shortboard is your best option for surfing around the Pier.

South Huntington Beach, also known as Huntington State Beach, is where all the south swells impact the coastline. Huntington State Beach is operated by the State of California, Department of Parks & Recreation, and Huntington State Beach Lifeguards.[69] This beach is very wide with plenty of sand. Sandbars dramatically shift during the spring, summer and fall seasons, thus creating excellent surf conditions with a combination South/West/Northwest swell. Due to the Santa Ana River jetties located at the southernmost end of the beach, large sandbars extend across and upcoast, forcing swells to break extremely fast and hollow. Best seasons for surfing at this beach is the summer and fall. The best option for surfing in this area is a shortboard.

Huntington Beach is also a popular destination for kite surfing, and this sport can be viewed on the beach northwest of the pier.


The Huntington Beach bicycle path stretches for 10 miles (16 km) alongside the beach. Concessionaires offer rentals of various bicycles, tandem bicycles, electric bicycles and surreys.[70]

Kayaking and paddleboarding[edit]

Kayaking and standup paddleboarding is a popular activity in Huntington Harbour. You can enter the harbour from multiple points along PCH north of Warner Ave or from one of the five public "Mother's Beaches" that allows access to the harbour. There are multiple places to rent kayaks and paddleboards as well as duffy boats.[71][72]


There are three golf courses in Huntington Beach. Meadowlark Golf Club opened in 1922 located on Warner and Graham, features a par-70, 5,609-yard 18-hole golf course as well as a driving range.[73] Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course opened in 1977 is located in Central Park West, features a par-54 18-hole golf course.[74] The Huntington Club, formerly known as Seacliff Country Club, is a private country club which among other amenities includes an 6,935-yard 18-hole golf course.[75]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Central Park[edit]

Huntington Beach has a large central park, known as Huntington Central Park. Central Park is located between Gothard and Edwards Streets to the east and west, and Slater and Ellis Avenues to the north and south. Dedicated on June 15, 1974, Huntington Central Park is the largest city owned park in Orange County with nearly 350 acres (140 ha).[76] The park is vegetated with xeric (low water use) plants, and inhabited by native wildlife. Thick forests encircling the park are supplemented with Australian trees, particularly Blue Gum Eucalyptus, a high water use plant.[77]

Huntington Central Park

The Huntington Beach Public Library is located in Central Park in a notable building designed by Richard Neutra and Dion Neutra. It houses almost a half-million volumes, as well as a theater, gift shop and fountains. The library was founded as a Carnegie library in 1914, and has been continuously supported by the city and local activists, with new buildings and active branches at Banning, Oak View, Main Street, and Graham. The library has significant local historical materials and has a special genealogical reference collection. It is independent of the state and county library systems.

The park is also home to the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, a 25 acres (10 ha) facility boarding over 400 horses and operates a full time riding school at all levels. Horse rentals to the public, with guided trail rides through the park is also available.[78]

There is also an Adventure Playground, or mud pit, available for kids. It opened in 1974 at the bottom of an abandoned sand quarry and moved several years later to its location near the library. When constructed, it was one of the only authentic adventure playgrounds in California. Although renovated during 2020 to 2022, the playground has closed due to drought conditions.[79]

The world's second oldest[80] disc golf course is available in the park, as are two small dining areas, a sports complex for adult use, and the Shipley Nature Center.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve[edit]

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands near the Brightwater housing development

The Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve is a natural wetland which is over 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) and contains numerous walking trails and scenic routes. The grounds are one of the top birding spots in the US attracting flocks of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway between North and South America.[81] The wetlands themselves have been connected with the ocean again, in effort to maintain the previous, unaltered conditions.

Huntington Dog Beach[edit]

Huntington Dog Beach is located in the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) stretch between 21st and Seapoint streets. This is the only area where dogs are allowed on the beach in Huntington Beach. The Orange County Register consistently names Huntington Dog Beach as the best dog park in Orange County.[82] Some popular events that take place at Dog Beach are Surf City Surf Dog[83] and So Cal Corgi Nation Beach Days.[84] Dog Beach is free to the public.[85]

The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach works to keep the beach clean and safe. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded in 1997 and has five volunteers who serve on the board. The mission of the Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach is as follows: "to protect and preserve access to the beach for dogs and their people, as well as to promote responsible dog ownership in order to make our canine companions welcome members of society."[86]

The society receives no public financing as it relies completely on private donations from dog-lovers who value this public good, and it provides many valuable services that minimize the impact of the negative externalities caused by dog waste and unfriendly dogs. Doggie waste bags are provided for free (over 3,000 are used per day during the summer) and dog owners are encouraged to immediately dispose of their dog's waste in one of the many trash cans provided. Additionally, the society organizes a beach cleanup every Sunday.[87] To keep visitors safe, aggressive dogs are not allowed and dogs must be kept under control at all times.

The society also creates positive externalities by providing the public with valuable information on their website, including rules to keep dogs safe, tips for introducing dogs to the beach for the first time, warnings about the danger of dogs drinking ocean water, and information about nearby RV parking and dog-friendly hotels.[88] Prospective visitors should be aware of the policy regarding leashes: "Under existing city ordinance, dogs must remain leashed. However, for the past several years only unleashed, potentially dangerous dogs have been cited or removed."[85] One important exception is that leashes are always required when entering and exiting the park to ensure safety near PCH.


Local government[edit]

The following table shows the current and former mayors of Huntington Beach:[89]

Mayor Name Years served
67th Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark 2023–Present
66th Mayor Tony Strickland 2022-2023
65th Mayor Kim Carr 2020–2021
64th Mayor Lyn Semeta 2019–2020
63rd Mayor Erik Peterson 2018–2019
62nd Mayor Mike Posey 2017–2018
61st Mayor Barbara Delgleize 2016–2017 & 2021-2022
60th Mayor[90] Jim Katapodis 2015–2016
59th Mayor Matthew M. Harper 2013–2014
58th Mayor Donald F. Hansen 2011–2012
57th Mayor Joseph J. Carchio 2010–2011
56th Mayor Keith B. Bohr 2008–2009
55th Mayor Gilbert J. Coerper 2006–2007
54th Mayor Jill S. Hardy 2004–2005 & 2014–2015
53rd Mayor Catherine T. Green 2003–2004 & 2009–2010
52nd Mayor Constance J. Boardman 2002–2003 & 2012–2013
51st Mayor Deborah A. Cook 2001–2002 & 2007–2008
50th Mayor Pamela L. Julien Houchen 2000–2001
49th Mayor David P. Garofalo 1999–2000
48th Mayor Shirley S. Dettloff 1997–1998
47th Mayor Ralph H. Bauer 1996–1997
46th Mayor David A. Sullivan 1995–1996 & 2005–2006
45th Mayor G. Victor Leipzig 1994–1995
44th Mayor Linda L. Moulton-Patterson 1993–1994
43rd Mayor Grace H. Winchell 1992–1993
42nd Mayor James W. Silva 1991–1992
41st Mayor Peter R. Green 1990–1991 & 1998–1999
40th Mayor Tom Mays 1989–1990
39th Mayor Wesley M. Bannister 1988–1989
38th Mayor John P. Erskine 1987–1988
37th Mayor John A. Kelly Jr. 1983–1984 & 1986–1987
36th Mayor Robert P. Mandic Jr. 1993–1994
35th Mayor Ruth E. Finley 1981–1982
34th Mayor Ruth S. Bailey 1980–1981 & 1984–1985
33rd Mayor Donald A. MacAllister 1979–1980 & 1983
32nd Mayor Ronald Q. Shenkman 1978
31st Mayor Ronald R. Pattinson 1977–1978 & 1978–1979
30th Mayor Harriett M. Wieder 1976–1977
29th Mayor Norma Brandel Gibbs 1975–1976
28th Mayor Jerry A. Matney 1973–1974
27th Mayor George C. McCracken 1971–1972
26th Mayor N. John V.V. Green 1969–1970
25th Mayor Alvin M. Coen 1968–1969, 1972–1973 & 1974–1975
24th Mayor Jake R. Stewart 1966–1967
23rd Mayor Donald D. Shipley 1964–1966, 1967–1968 & 1970–1971
22nd Mayor Robert M. Lambert 1962–1964
21st Mayor Ernest H. Gisler 1960–1962
20th Mayor Earl T. Irby 1958–1960
19th Mayor Victor Terry 1956–1958
18th Mayor Roy Seabridge 1952–1956
17th Mayor Vernon E. Langenbeck 1950–1952
16th Mayor Jack Greer 1948–1950
15th Mayor Ted W. Bartlett 1946–1948
14th Mayor Marcus M. McCallen 1938–1942
13th Mayor Willis H. Warner 1936–1938
12th Mayor Thomas B. Talbert 1934–1936 & 1942–1946
11th Mayor Elson G. Conrad 1931–1934
10th Mayor Samuel R. Bowen 1928–1931
9th Mayor C.G. Booster 1926–1928
8th Mayor Lawrence Ridenhauer 1924–1926
7th Mayor Richard Drew 1922–1924
6th Mayor Joseph Vavra 1919–1920
5th Mayor W.E. Tarbox 1917–1918
4th Mayor Matthew E. Helme 1916–1917
3rd Mayor E.E. French 1914–1916 & 1918–1919
2nd Mayor W.D. Seeley 1912–1914
1st Mayor Ed Manning 1909–1912 & 1920–1922

Huntington Beach Fire Department[edit]

Huntington Beach Fire Department
Operational area
Country United States
State California
City Huntington Beach
Agency overview[92][93]
Annual calls17,205 (2014)
Employees198 (2014)
Annual budget$45.6 million[91]
Fire chiefScott Haberle
EMS levelALS
Facilities and equipment[94]
Official website
IAFF website

The Huntington Beach Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Huntington Beach, California.[95] In addition to fire services, the HBFD also provides medical transport via a fleet of five ambulances.[94] Each ambulance is staffed by two three-year limited term EMTs and the department transports over 10,000 patients annually.[96]

The Huntington Beach Fire Department was formed as an organization in 1909 with 20 volunteers. John Tinsley, became the first fire chief. The first fire engine was a 1923 Seagrave purchased in 1922.[97]

The Marine Safety Division of the HBFD is responsible for patrolling the 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of shoreline along Huntington Beach and Sunset Beach.[98] The staffing levels vary from just five Marine Safety Officers during the offseason (October to March) to as many as 65 during the summer. The division staffs 30 lifeguard towers along the beach as well as Tower Zero on the Huntington Beach Pier.[99] Members of the Marine Safety division have a wide array of equipment available for their use including 10 Toyota Tacoma patrol trucks, 3 Toyota Tundra patrol trucks, search and rescue SCUBA gear, 3 29-foot Crystalliner twin-engine rescue vessels, 3 Yamaha Waverunners, rigid-hulled inflatable boats and all-terrain vehicles.[99]

HBFD Engine 45 on Main Street in Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach Fire Department staffs 4-person engines and trucks. All engines are ALS-level staffing with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer, and two Firefighter Paramedics. Trucks are BLS-level with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer, and two Firefighter EMT's. USAR 42 is cross-staffed with Truck 42 personnel. HazMat 46 is cross-staffed with Engine 46 personnel. ET41, ET42, ET45, and ET46 are 24-hour ambulances. ET241, ET242, and ET244 are 14-hour ambulances, that only operate during the daytime hours.

Fire Station Address Engine Company Truck Company Emergency Transport unit Other Units
1 18311 Gothard St Engine 41 ET 41, ET 241 Battalion 4 [100]
2 16221 Gothard Ave Engine 42 Truck 42 ET 42, ET 242 USAR 42 [101]
3 19711 Bushard St Engine 43 [102]
4 21441 Magnolia St Engine 44 ET 244 [103]
5 530 Lake St Engine 45 Truck 45 ET 45 [104]
6 18591 Edwards St Engine 46 ET 46 HazMat 46 [105]
7 3831 Warner Ave Engine 47 [106]
8 5891 Heil Ave Engine 48 [107]
Marine Safety 103 Pacific Coast Hwy HLIFE


In the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Huntington Beach is in the First District, represented by Republican Andrew Do.[108]

In the California State Senate, Huntington Beach is in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen. In the California State Assembly, it is split between the 70th Assembly District, represented by Republican Tri Ta, and the 72nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Diane Dixon.

In the United States House of Representatives, Huntington Beach is in California's 47th congressional district, represented by Democrat Katie Porter.[109]

According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 18, 2020, Huntington Beach has 123,048 registered voters. Of those, 49,490 (40%) are registered Republicans, 37,531 (31%) are registered Democrats, and 31,490 (29%) have declined to state a political party/are American Independents/Green.[110]

Huntington Beach city vote
by party in presidential elections
Year Democratic Republican Third parties
2020[111] 47.24% 55,481 50.47% 59,279 2.29% 2,685
2016[112] 43.28% 40,980 49.65% 47,007 7.07% 6,689
2012[113] 40.86% 37,093 56.37% 51,166 2.77% 2,512
2008[114] 45.15% 42,622 52.47% 49,528 2.38% 2,251
2004[115] 38.80% 35,206 59.90% 54,343 1.30% 1,182
2000[116] 38.53% 31,800 56.63% 46,742 4.84% 3,998
1996[117] 36.72% 28,044 51.07% 39,004 12.20% 9,320
1992[118] 31.16% 27,648 41.54% 36,867 27.30% 24,227
1988[119] 31.33% 24,544 67.51% 52,878 1.16% 906
1984[120] 24.77% 17,985 74.05% 53,772 1.18% 860
1980[121] 22.88% 15,967 66.22% 46,206 10.90% 7,602
1976[122] 35.77% 20,526 62.51% 35,870 1.72% 988
1972[123] 27.57% 15,142 68.25% 37,483 4.18% 2,298
1968[124] 31.06% 11,199 61.30% 22,107 7.64% 2,755
1964[125] 49.18% 10,168 50.82% 10,509


Public schools[edit]

Huntington Beach is the home of Golden West College, which offers two-year associates of arts degrees and transfer programs to four-year universities.

Huntington Beach is in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, which includes:

The district also has an independent study school, Coast High School.

The city has four elementary school districts: Huntington Beach City School District with 9 schools and Ocean View School District with 15. A small part of the city is also served by the Fountain Valley School District and Westminster School District.

Private schools[edit]

Defunct schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

There are five public libraries located in the city:


The city was featured in the TruTV series Ocean Force: Huntington Beach. The city is mentioned in the Beach Boys song "Surfin' Safari", Jan and Dean's "Surf Route 101", and "Surfer Joe" by The Surfaris.

Live cameras are set up at the Huntington Beach Pier and shown on screens at the California-themed Hollister apparel stores. The store pays the city for the cameras, with the money used to fund marine safety equipment. The cameras are also used by lifeguards.[134]

The public television station KOCE-TV operates from the Golden West College campus, in conjunction with the Golden West College Media Arts program.

The Wave Section of the Orange County Register covers Huntington Beach.[135]


Huntington Beach has 1,121 lane miles of public streets and includes facilities managed by Caltrans which supports a balanced transportation system use of all types of vehicular, transit, bicycle and pedestrian activity.[136]


Interstate 405 (I-405) runs through the northeastern part of the city with interchanges at Magnolia Street and Beach Boulevard (SR 39); however, most of the city has no immediate access to a freeway. Discussions of long-term planning about extending State Route 57 to I-405 or possibly extending further to Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach were rejected by the city in 2005.[137]


Bus service is offered through the OCTA which includes nine routes servicing the city.[136]


Most Huntington Beach households have at least one car. In 2015, only 2.6 percent of Huntington Beach households lacked a car, which decreased slightly to 2.2 percent in 2016. The national average was 8.7 percent in 2016. Huntington Beach averaged fully two cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.[138]

Notable people[edit]


Huntington Beach Police Department MD520N helicopter

Fire protection in Huntington Beach is provided by the Huntington Beach Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided by the Huntington Beach Police Department. Huntington Beach Marine Safety Officers and its seasonal lifeguards are recognized as some of the best in the world with a top-notch safety record.[citation needed][139] It has an active Community Emergency Response Team training program, that trains citizens as Disaster Service Workers certified by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a part of a free program run by the fire department's Office of Emergency Services.

Emergency services are also provided at State Beach locations. Peace Officers and lifeguards can be found at Bolsa Chica and Huntington State Beach. Such services consist of aquatic rescues, boat rescues, first aid and law enforcement. All services are provided by the State of California, Dept. Parks & Recreation.[clarification needed]

In 1926, the Santa Ana River dam failed, and flash-flooded its entire delta. The southern oceanic terminus of this delta is now a settled area of Huntington Beach. The distant dam is still functional, but silting up, which is expected to reduce its storage volume, and therefore its effectiveness at flood-prevention. The flood and dam-endangered areas are protected by a levee, but lenders require expensive flood insurance in the delta. There have been serious discussions to eliminate the need for flood insurance and this requirement has already been waived in some areas and may one day no longer be considered a credible threat.

Since it is a seaside city, Huntington Beach has had tsunami warnings, storm surge (its pier has been rebuilt three times), sewage spills, tornadoes and waterspouts. The cold offshore current prevents hurricanes. The Pier that was rebuilt in the 1990s was engineered to withstand severe storms or earthquakes.

Large fractions of the settled delta are in soil liquefaction zones above known active faults. Most of the local faults are named after city streets.

Many residents (and even city hall) live within sight and sound of active oil extraction and drilling operations. These occasionally spew oil, causing expensive clean-ups. Large parts of the developed land have been contaminated by heavy metals from the water separated from oil.[citation needed]

The local oil has such extreme mercury contamination that metallic mercury is regularly drained from oil pipelines and equipment. Oil operations increase when the price of oil rises. Some oil fields have been approved for development. The worst-polluted areas have been reclaimed as parks. At least one Superfund site, too contaminated to be a park, is at the junction of Magnolia and Hamilton streets, near Edison High School.[140] On October 2, 2021, an oil spill occurred after a pipe burst, sending oil into the ocean and on the beach. The nearby Talbert Wetlands were affected, and the Pacific Airshow had to cancel the planned show for that day to prevent further damage.

Sister cities[edit]

Huntington Beach has the following sister city relationships, according to the Huntington Beach Sister City Association:[141]

See also[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Huntington Beach High School, which is the district's flagship school,[126] celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2006.


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