Laguna Beach is known for its art festivals, including:
PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS: Human models magically transform into reproductions of famous painting.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS: California's oldest and most prestigious art show. Featuring 150 Southern California artists. Exhibits open 10:30am - 11:30 pm daily. Includes art demonstrations, workshops, entertainment, and food.
SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL: An artists "village" in a wooded glen with waterfalls, trees, exotic plants, art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, family oriented entertainment, and food.
ART-A-FAIR: Fine art and master crafts by more than 150 winners of a national juried competition.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of . of it is land and of it is water. The total area is 9.24% water.
The land in and around Laguna Beach rises quickly from the shoreline into the hills and canyons of the San Joaquin Hills. The town's highest point, at an elevation of , is Temple Hill in the Top of the World neighborhood. Because of its hilly topography and surrounding parklands, there are few roads into or out of town: only the Pacific Coast Highway connecting to Newport Beach to the northwest and to Dana Point to the south, and State Route 133 crossing the hills in a northeastern direction through Laguna Canyon.
In 1979, Laguna Beach was described as "a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration" by artist Marco Sassone, one of the many artists who made the "idyllic" town home since the 1920s .
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,727 people, 11,511 households, and 5,778 families residing in the city. The population density was . There were 12,965 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the city was 91.99% White, 0.80% African American, 0.36% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.21% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.62% of the population.
There were 11,511 households out of which 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.8% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.69.
In the city the population was spread out with 15.8% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $75,808, and the median income for a family was $100,778. Males had a median income of $66,221 versus $46,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $58,732. About 2.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. The median price of a home in Laguna Beach is $1,533,000. This is down 16% in the last 12 months, meaning that an average homeowner in Laguna Beach has lost about $20,000 per month, every month, during the last twelve months.
Of the 17,084 registered voters in Laguna Beach, 41.2% are Republicans and 35.8% are Democrats. The remaining 23% either declined to state political affiliation or are registered with a smaller political party.
Although registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in Laguna Beach, the city often supports candidates that are politically left of center. The city voted for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry over President George W. Bush in 2004 by a wide margin of 57%-42%. It was one of only three cities in Orange County to not support Bush's re-election bid, along with Laguna Woods and Santa Ana.
The entire city of Laguna Beach lies within California's 48th congressional district, which is represented by Republican Congressman John Campbell. The city also lies in the 35th State Senate District, which is represented by Republican Senator Tom Harman, and in the 70th State Assembly District, which is represented by Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
Jane Egly serves as Laguna Beach's mayor and Cheryl Kinsman as Mayor Pro Tem. The other three city council members are Toni Iseman, Kelly Boyd, and Elizabeth Schneider.