Midway City is an unincorporated community located in Orange County, California. It is bordered by the cities of Westminster to its east and Huntington Beach to its west. It was so named because it is midway between Long Beach and Santa Ana.
It is one of Orange County's oldest communities, and many of its homes are 1950s construction. It includes two mobile home parks. The residents that live here are moderate income, with many of them senior citizens. Although it is only 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), it has over 15,000 residents.
Recently, the Local Agency Formation Commission announced that the community might be annexed to Huntington Beach, which is the city that is most financially capable of encompassing the community. Prior attempts for annexation have met fierce resistance from its residents who would rather stay an unincorporated area of the county to maintain lower water and property rates than neighboring communities. Signature drives have been highly successful in repelling annexation attempts from not only Huntington Beach, but the city of Westminster to its Southwest.
The ZIP Code is 92655, and the community is inside area codes 657 and 714.
John Harper bought the area now known as Midway City, which is 200 acres (0.81 km2) midway between Santa ana and Seal Beach, giving rise to the name. The area served as a watering hole and escape from bordering Huntington Beach.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,934 people, 2,672 households, and 1,982 families residing in the unincorporated area. The population density was 12,512.7/mi2. There were 2,672 housing units at an average density of 3,821.8/mi2. The racial makeup was 33.20% White, 1.50% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 9.34% Asian, 37.70% Pacific Islander, 1.80% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. 25.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,672 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.3 and the average family size was 3.28.
The median income for a household was $42,218, and the median income for a family was $48,258. Adult males had a median income of $33,250 versus $29,184 for adult females. The per capita income was $12,793. About 14.3% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 26.3% of those age 65 or over.
Law enforcement services are provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department while the California Highway Patrol is responsible for traffic enforcement. Fire protection in Midway City is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service.