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Old 05-23-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Encino, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles CA
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I mean, it's suburban but Orange County is its own economy. I cannot think of many OC to LA commutes that would be practical (maybe Seal Beach to Long Beach or Anaheim to Downey but that ain't much). The distance isn't long at all really but the traffic would be insane. Maybe Metrolink makes it possible if you work downtown but most folks don't work in DTLA.

Was there ever a point in time when Orange County was a bedroom community of LA the same way that Contra Costa County is to SF or Suffolk County NY (Long Island) is to Manhattan?
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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Hmmm. Maybe, but not in my family's experience. My parents came to California in the early 1950s when my dad got a job for Hughes Aircraft. I believe he worked in Culver City and they lived in Torrance.

In the late 1950s, my dad changed jobs and started working in Anaheim. I don't know how traffic was at that time, but I do know that my parents considered the distance from Torrance (about 30 miles) far too long to commute, so they moved to Orange County (La Habra).
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:08 PM
 
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Definitely in the 50's, about the time of Disneyland being built, many Anaheim residents commuted to Downey or to near the LA airport for jobs in the aerospace industry. Not that bad in those days, nor into the 60's either.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:18 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Yes
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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15.7% of OC residents commute to another county to work, which is well under the national average.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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Yes. Orange county development was largely limited to just north OC until a few decades ago. That area depended on LA jobs. Now the reverse seems to be the rule.

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Old 05-23-2015, 06:26 PM
 
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I mean, it's suburban but Orange County is its own economy. I cannot think of many OC to LA commutes that would be practical (maybe Seal Beach to Long Beach or Anaheim to Downey but that ain't much). The distance isn't long at all really but the traffic would be insane. Maybe Metrolink makes it possible if you work downtown but most folks don't work in DTLA.

Was there ever a point in time when Orange County was a bedroom community of LA the same way that Contra Costa County is to SF or Suffolk County NY (Long Island) is to Manhattan?
In the 50's. My fathetr commuted for a while, then got a job in OC.
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Old 05-24-2015, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Encino, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles CA
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Thanks for the info. I cannot imagine an OC to LA commute that would be torture, although I guess it's possible because people here are crazy when it comes to commuting...my BIL commutes from Banning to LAX everyday on the 10..insanity
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:29 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Thanks for the info. I cannot imagine an OC to LA commute that would be torture, although I guess it's possible because people here are crazy when it comes to commuting...my BIL commutes from Banning to LAX everyday on the 10..insanity
You realize there was less traffic in the 50s and 60's right? The freeways would have been free flowing at any time of day. Going from Anehim to DTLA probably took 35 minutes.

With regards to your BIL- in present day, commuting from Banning to LAX every day seems like a literal hell.

That's 100 miles each way. Without traffic that's 3 hours every day of driving. I am not going to comment on your BIL's mental state, but that is not normal. I mean he probably would save money buying a camper and living in that 5 days a week.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Definitely in the 50's, about the time of Disneyland being built, many Anaheim residents commuted to Downey or to near the LA airport for jobs in the aerospace industry. Not that bad in those days, nor into the 60's either.
Probably to Long Beach also?
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