A dynamic coastal city of more than 195,000 residents, Huntington Beach is located 40 miles south of Los Angeles in Orange County. Internationally known as Surf City, due to its eight miles of beautiful, scenic, user-friendly beachfront, which is the largest stretch of uninterrupted beaches on the West Coast. Tourism remains a vital part of the economy, as over 11 million visitors flock to the city during the summer, on weekends and for special events. The quality of life in Huntington Beach is enhanced by its reputation as one of the area’s safest cities, with an excellent educational system as well. Home to five city high schools, 35 elementary schools and Golden West Community College, Huntington Beach is also a short ride away from UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton. Residents and tourists alike enjoy one of the largest recreational piers in the world, along with riding stables and equestrian trails, a marina, a wildlife preserve and an eight-mile biking and walking trail along the shore. A wide variety of fine arts, an excellent library system and numerous museums also lend Huntington Beach a strong cultural foundation.