Huntington Beach is located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in northwestern Orange County. It is surrounded by Westminster to the north, Fountain Valley to the northeast, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to the east, and Seal Beach to the northwest. Los Angeles is located 35 miles to the northwest and San Diego is 95 miles to the southeast. Huntington Beach is the third largest city in Orange County, the 11th largest city in California and the 92nd largest city in the United States.
The crown jewel of the Huntington Beach recreational system is its nine miles of spacious, sandy beaches. The city boasts the largest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront on the West Coast and one of the largest piers in the world, features that attract millions of tourists each year. Huntington Beach hosts such annual events as the U.S. Open of Surfing, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball and the Vans World Championship of Skateboarding. The city also provides a Dog Beach where pet owners can frolic in the surf with their best friends. With an average annual temperature of 62 degrees, it's almost always the perfect time to visit the seaside in Huntington Beach.
The economy in Huntington Beach is strong and diverse, with employment opportunities in fields ranging from aerospace and high technology to manufacturing and machine shop services. Other major industries are petroleum and petroleum support; computer hardware and software; financial and business services; automobile services and precision instruments to name a few. The city also has the fourth highest retail sales in Orange County.
In 1895, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a line to what is now Huntington Beach. The area was soon visited and purchased by investors Philip A. Stanton and Col. H.S. Finley, who recognized its potential as a resort. They named their development Pacific City and soon sold out to another group of investors, one of whom was Henry E. Huntington. They soon constructed a wooden pier, which has since been rebuilt and lengthened. The town was incorporated in 1909. The village saw phenomenal growth after oil was discovered in the 1920s and the Pacific Coast Highway was completed in 1925. Huntington Beach was the fastest growing city in the nation in the 1950s and '60s and remains a major year-round vacation destination.
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