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Mission Viejo

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Mission Viejo
      County FIPS: 
    33°35′49″N 117°39′30″W
      Area total: 
    18.03 sq mi
      Area land: 
    17.66 sq mi (45.74 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.37 sq mi (0.96 km²)
    410 ft (125 m)
    1988; Incorporated March 31, 1988
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,344.64 residents per square mile of area (2,047.51/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Mission Viejo is a commuter city in the Saddleback Valley in Orange County, California, United States. The city's name is a reference to Rancho Mission Viejo, a large Spanish land grant from which the community was founded. It is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch in size. The houses and shopping centers in the city are almost uniformly designed in a Spanish mission style, with "adobe"-like stucco walls and barrel-tile roofs. The area is prone to dry Santa Ana winds, bringing hot air from inland and punctuating the normally mild temperatures with noticeable highs of 90 °F (32 °C) In 2016, California experienced the worst drought of the century in a century, with more than expected rainfall. The last drought and most of Orange County was lifted to have restrictions lifted on the last year of the drought and ended in the summer of 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that Mission Vie jo had a 93,653 population as of 2020. The racial makeup of Mission VieJo was 67,617 (72%) White, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and African American (1,030) (1.13%) Non-Hispanic White, African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific American (0.9%) (1) Asian Pacific American, Hispanic American, non-Hispanic white, Asian Pacific Island, Asian American, and Asian American.


Mission Viejo is the primary city name, but also San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capo are acceptable city names or spellings. The city of La Jolla, California, was founded in 1858. It was the first city in the U.S. to be named after a city. The city's name is derived from the Spanish word for "land" or "land of the hills" The city was named after the town of LaJolla, where it was founded. It is now the largest city in California, with a population of more than 100,000. It has been the site of several major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge in 1864 and the Second World War. The town was named for the town's first inhabitants, who were called "La Jolla" (Spanish for "the hills") The town's name comes from the word "la Jolla", which means "the valley" in Spanish, and means "home" in English. The name of the town is also the name of a town in Mexico, where the city was founded, and the city is called "Lajolla" It is also known as "La Viejo" (English for "little town") and "LaJolla" ("the valley") It is the name given to a region of the United States that was once part of the West Coast, but is now part of California. The word "La jolla" means "little city" in the Spanish language, and it means "lodge" or "town of the Hills" The town is named after La Jola, a town that was founded by Spanish settlers in 1859. It became the first town in the state of California to be called La Jula (Spanish name for "Los Angeles").


Mission Viejo is located 49 mi (79 km) southeast of Los Angeles, and 73 mi (117 km) northwest of San Diego. It is bordered by Lake Forest on the northwest, Trabuco Canyon on the northeast, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch on the east, San Juan Capistrano on the south, and Laguna Niguel andlaguna Hills on the west. A significant portion of the surface water is held in Lake Mission Viejo, an artificial lake stretching approximately one mile from Olympiad Road to Alicia Parkway along Marguerite Parkway. The city has a borderline semi-arid/Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification BSh/Csa), with mild temperatures and plentiful sunshine year-round. Rainfall totals, which average around 14 inches (360 millimetres) annually are focused primarily in the months from November to March. Summer is very dry and virtually rainless. In 2016, California experienced more rainfall than expected and ended most of the drought. Orange County was the last to have drought restrictions lifted. In 2013, the city experienced the worst drought in a century. In 2014, the drought was the worst in the state since the 1930s. In 2015, the state experienced its worst drought since the early 1900s. The drought ended in 2016, with Orange County being the last of the counties to have restrictions lifted after it was declared free of drought. In 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the city had a population of 2,816.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Mission Viejo had a population of 93,305. The racial makeup of the city was 67,617 (72.2%) White (62.1% Non-Hispanic White), 1,030 (1.1%) African American, 281 (0.3%) Native American, 13,018 (13.9%) Asian, 94 (0,1%) Pacific Islander, and 7,961 (8.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17,326 persons (18.5%). There were 33,208 households, out of which 11,767 (35.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them. The median household income was $96,088, with 5.3% of the population living below the poverty line. There were 34,228 housing units at an average density of 1,888.6 per square mile (729.2/km²) The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy ratewas 4.9%. 72,390 people (77.6%) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 19,973 people (21.4) lived in rental housing units. The city is located on the federal line (Lake Forest-San Clemente federal line) with the cities of Laguna Niguna, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Santa Margarita Ranch, and San Juan Capistrano.


According to the city's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were: Marie Callender's. The city's unemployment rate was 3.7% in the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year. The unemployment rate for the year was 4.1%. The city had a population of 1,856,000 in the second quarter of 2021. The economy had a unemployment rate of 3.8%. The economy was the second-largest in the state, behind San Francisco. The top employer in the town was Marie Callendar's, with a workforce of 2,854. The highest unemployment rate in the region was 3%. The top employers were: Marie Callender’s, with 2,744 workers. The number of people living in poverty was 1,788. The lowest unemployment rate is 3.6%. The highest rate of unemployment was 2.8% for the first three months of the year, followed by 3.3% in January. The recession began in mid-2009, and ended in March 2010. The U.S. economy is expected to grow at a rate of 2.4% in 2014. The United States is expected in 2014 to have a growth rate of 1.9% and 2.6% in 2015. The growth rate for 2014 will be 2.7%. The U S. unemployment rate will be 3.4%. The United Nations has a goal of 5.0% by 2015.

Arts and culture

The Shops at Mission Viejo and the Kaleidoscope Center serve as the city's two main shopping, dining and entertainment centers. Both cater to an upper middle class customer demographic and feature family-oriented facilities and services. The city holds a variety of annually recurring events to celebrate holidays including a street fair and fireworks for Independence Day and public decorations and interactive activities for children during the winter holiday season.Mission Viejo also hosts a number of athletic events such as 5K runs and triathlons throughout the year.


Mission Viejo hosted the Road Cycling Events during the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. The old O'Neill Road was renamed Olympiad Rd. in honor of the Olympic events in 1984. The Saddleback College ballpark hosted the Mission Viejo Vigilantes minor league baseball team of the Western Baseball League from 1996 to 2001. Now the ballpark has a semi-pro collegiate team, the Orange County Fire. There is also a soccer facility, now used by the town's youth soccer program, that was used as a training field by the United States men's national soccer team before and during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The town is the hometown of NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, and Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche. It is also the birthplace of former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Don August, Boston Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig, Top Shot Season 4 Champion Chris Cheng, and PBA Tour Champion Scott Norton. The city is home to Little League District 68, AYSO Region 84, and four competitive soccer clubs: Pateadores Soccer Club, Mission Vie jo Soccer Club, West Coast Futbol Club, and Saddle back United Soccer Club. It also has a number of Olympians and world record holders in the 1970s and 1980s, including Shirley Babashoff, Brian Goodell, Larson Jenson, Maryanne Graham, Nicole Kramer, Casy Converse, Marcia Morey, Dara Torres, and Greg Louganis.

Parks and recreation

Mission Viejo has about two parks per square mile, and three golf courses. At the center of the city is a man-made lake, Lake Mission Viejo, accessible to a private association of residents. The lake has custom waterfront homes, condominiums, boat and paddle board rentals, fishing, and swim beaches. It also holds events such as music concerts and movie screenings, usually complimentary for members and typically during the summer season. The city also has a community center, the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, and a senior center. It is located on the banks of the Santa Catalina River, which runs through the city's downtown area. It was named for Norman Murray, who was a member of the U.S. Senate from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, and was the first mayor of the town. It has been named after his son, Norman Murray Jr., who served as mayor from 1973 to 1986. The town is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a population of more than 100,000 people. It's located near the Santa Barbara Channel, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.


Of the 58,677 registered voters in the city, 24,639 (42.0%) are Republicans, 16,477 (28.1%) are Democrats, 15,002 (25.6%) have no party preference, and the remaining are registered with a minor party. The Mission Viejo City Council consists of five members elected at-large to staggered four-year terms. The current members of the city council are Mayor Brian Goodell, Mayor Pro Tempore Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Wendy Bucknum, Bob Ruesch, and Cynthia Vasquez. The city is located in California's 40th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D+31 and is represented by Republican Young Kim. In the California State Legislature, the city is in the 36th Senate District, and in the 73rd Assembly District, both of which are currently represented by Republicans. The mayor serves as the ceremonial leader of the the city and as the presiding officer of the bi-weekly City Council meetings. The City Council elects a Mayor and a Mayor Pro Tem amongst themselves to serve for one calendar year. The Mayor, who has equal legislative power with fellowMembers of the City Council, serves as a ceremonial leader and presiding officer for the city. In county government,Mission Viejo is located at the 3rd District, currently represented in the California County Board of Supervisors by Republican Donald P. Wagner. In state government, the town is at the 38th District, which will be 38th at the 2022 Election.


Mission Viejo is served by two school districts. Capistrano Unified serves the eastern, northeastern, and southern portions of the city with eight schools. As of 2006, all high school students in the Capistsrano Unified portion of Mission Viejo attend Capistran Valley High School. Students from western Mission Vie jo (north of Oso Parkway and west of Marguerite until Alicia Parkway) attend Saddleback Valley's Mission VieJo High School, though most of Trabuco Hills High School has students from Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest. A few residents attend Tesoro High School in Las Flores or the private SantaMargarita Catholic High School on the outskirts of RanchoSantaMargaritas. Silverado High School provides a day school environment while Mira Monte, which shares the same campus, is strictly independent study. La Tierra Elementary shut down in June 2009 due to budget cuts. Students there are reassigned to Del Cerro Elementary. O'Neill Elementary, the city's first elementary school, closed in June2009 also due tobudget cuts in SVUSD. Students in the Deane Home community surrounding the school will be moved to nearby De Portola Elementary. Students living in the homes north of the lake will be move to Melinda Heights Elementary in Rancho Santa Margaritas. The University of California, Irvine, Chapman University, Soka University of America, and California State University, Fullerton (Irvine Campus) are nearby in adjacent cities.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California = 4.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 65. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mission Viejo = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 93,653 individuals with a median age of 39.7 age the population grows by 1.73% in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,344.64 residents per square mile of area (2,047.51/km²). There are average 2.85 people per household in the 32,840 households with an average household income of $98,351 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.86%. The number of physicians in Mission Viejo per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Mission Viejo = 12.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 35. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 283. 76 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 43 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 55, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 79.96%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 28 years with median home cost = $436,990 and home appreciation of -5.10%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.36 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,858 per student. There are 23.9 students for each teacher in the school, 11303 students for each Librarian and 1238 students for each Counselor. 9.59% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 28.51% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 13.00% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mission Viejo's population in Orange County, California of 5,295 residents in 1900 has increased 17,69-fold to 93,653 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.94% female residents and 49.06% male residents live in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 35.45% are single population.

  • 30.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Mission Viejo require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.41% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.03% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.25% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, 79.96% are owner-occupied homes, another 18.18% are rented apartments, and the remaining 1.85% are vacant.

  • The 43.74% of the population in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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