A. Ryan's former
home town of Chino.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Chino, California.
But the show was not really filmed in Chino.
that the producers only chose to use the town's name because there are
two well-known prisons in the city of Chino, and the original O.C.
plot involved Ryan's brother going to prison for stealing a car.)
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. Many times,
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. Several different
residential neighborhoods - in L.A. County.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. The scenes are not shot in the real Chino. The mayor of Chino assures me that the city never issued a permit for them to film in that city. (And I'm sure the citizens of Chino are not pleased with their town being depicted as an undesirable place on the show.)
The O.C.'s "Chino" is actually made up of several different locations around L.A., including Venice, Lawndale, East L.A., Inglewood and Sun Valley.
It seems that almost every time they shoot a new "Chino" scene, they changed neighborhoods. They didn't even bother to keep the house numbers straight from one episode to another. In "The Homecoming", Theresa's house number is 4536. In "The Distance", the house number is 2343. In "The Nana", her number is 14910. In "The O.Sea", it's a completely different street, and Theresa's house number is 4485.
To complicate matters, the producers mostly chose small, residential, lower-income neighborhood streets, which are notoriously difficult to pinpoint. So tracking down all the locations where they filmed the "Chino" scenes was a difficult task.
I did manage to find most of the supposed "Chino"
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. Check the individual "Chino" pages (see the links above) for the answers to that question.
O.C. screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements
are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.