Currently the most densely populated city in Orange County, the city of Lake Forest, California, is home to a population of nearly 80,000 as of 2009 estimates, enough to give it a ratio of more than 6,000 residents per square mile. It is notable for receiving multiple honors as as one of the safest cities in America and was incorporated in 1991. The city is located about 45 miles south of Los Angeles in the Saddleback Valley.
There are two man-made lakes in the city dotted with condos and homes along the shores, and this is where the city's name is derived. Lake Forest's median household income is just over $86,000. It is situated adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 5 and 405 Freeways, and the Foothill and Eastern Transportation Corridors, meaning residents can easily gain access into other areas of Southern California. The Orange County Airport and an Amtrak station are located within minutes' reach.
Lake Forest is home to 20 public parks and the Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park. The Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club and Sun and Sail Club offer members such amenities as swimming pools, saunas, tennis courts, gyms and more. There are free summer concerts held in the parks, and theater productions and other events are held at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Etnies Skatepark provides a place for those interested in skateboarding to practice some moves. Two libraries of the Orange County Public Library operate here.
Development, technology, manufacturing and retail are some of the major industries in Lake Forest, with companies like Oakley, Wet Seal, Onyx Acceptance Corp., Black & Decker, Western Digital and Pacific Life Insurance having major operations in the city. Students attending public school will go to educational institutions in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which includes one high school, one middle school and seven elementary schools.
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