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Orange County's vanishing oranges

After peaking in 1948, orange cultivation dropped precipitously as the county’s population grew. Orange groves all but disappeared by the 1990s, accounting for far less acreage than the strawberry plants and avocado trees they once greatly outnumbered. Today, most of the remaining orange groves are in south Orange County.

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 Field crops
 Other citrus


Orange County population from 1920 to 2010

Acres of Valencia groves between 1923 and 2013

Oranges, strawberries and avocados compared

Graphics reporting by Doug Smith, Emily Foxhall and Sandra Poindexter
Sources: Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota; Orange County Agricultural Commissioner
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