Portola Hills

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Portola Hills was a census-designated place in Orange County, California, United States. The population was 6,391 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated into the city of Lake Forest, California as of the year 2000.



The tracts were developed in the late 1980s through the early 1990s. The development was named after Gaspar de Portola, California's first terrestrial Spanish explorer, who passed through the vicinity in 1769. (Nearby Trabuco Canyon is named for a blunderbuss which was lost by expedition members.)


Portola Hills is located at 33°41′1″N 117°37′58″W / 33.68361°N 117.63278°W / 33.68361; -117.63278 (33.683672, -117.632872)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.

Due to its checkered history, mail addressed to residents of Portola Hills (ZIP code 92679) may be labeled as Portola Hills, Trabuco Canyon, or Lake Forest.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,391 people, 2,164 households, and 1,729 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,063.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,955.1 /km2). There were 2,181 housing units at an average density of 1,728.0 per square mile (667.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.60% White, 1.63% African American, 0.30% Native American, 6.76% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, and 3.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.03% of the population.

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