Huntington Beach is a city in Orange County, California. Named after Henry E. Huntington, the city is located along the Pacific Ocean and is home to more than 189,000 people (as of the 2010 census). Huntington Beach is nicknamed “Surf City,” and boasts first-rate surfing conditions year-round.

A Brief History

Huntington Beach was incorporated during the tenure of Ed Manning, the city’s very first mayor. Huntington Beach’s principal developer was Huntington Beach Company, a real estate company owned by Henry E. Huntington. Today, the Huntington Beach Company still owns most of Huntington Beach’s mineral rights.


Large employers located in Huntington Beach include The Boeing Company, Quiksilver, Cambro Manufacturing, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, C & D Aerospace, Huntington Beach Hospital, Rainbow Disposal, Huntington Beach Healthcare, Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort, Srixon and Cleveland Golf. Huntington Beach is also home to the International Surfing Museum and the Huntington Beach Pier.


Educationally, Huntington Beach is home to Golden West College, Huntington Beach High School, The Pegasus School, Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School, Huntington Christian School and Grace Lutheran School. The Huntington Beach Union High School District includes Edison High School, Huntington Beach High School, Marina High School and Ocean View High School. The district is also home to Valley Vista High School, an alternative school.


Numerous musicians have called Huntington Beach home, including Matt Costa, Avenged Sevenfold, Reel Big Fish, The Vandals, Alien Ant Farm, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), The Dirty Heads and hellogoodbye. Huntington Beach’s sister cities include Anjo (Japan) and Manly (Australia).

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