Laguna Woods, California

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Laguna Woods, California

Introduction to Laguna Woods, California

Laguna Woods, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles W of Mission Viejo, California and 12 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. The city is included in the Orange County metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,507 people lived in Laguna Woods.

Laguna Woods History

Laguna Woods is both one of newest and oldest cities of California. The city was incorporated in the year 1999 as the 32nd city of Orange County. The average age of Laguna Woods residents is 78. Ninety percent of the city's 4 square miles is contained within the gated senior citizen community known as 'Leisure World.' The rest of the city includes three additional senior residential communities and several prosperous commercial centers.

Laguna Woods and nearby Attractions

  • Grand Park
  • Wild Rivers Waterpark
  • Iglesia Community Park
  • San Remo Park
  • Santa Vittoria Park
  • Laguna Art Museum

Things To Do In Laguna Woods

There are various clubhouses in the city that organize special recreation events for adults and kids. The parks are great places to spend time with friends or family members. You can also catch a movie in any of the movie theaters in the city. Food lovers can have a great time at the various restaurants and cafes located in the city.

Laguna Woods Transportation

Air transportation is available from John Wayne/Orange County airport.

Laguna Woods Higher Education

Orange Coast College serves the city of Laguna Woods.

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High Points

Laguna Woods strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Laguna Woods Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Laguna Woods Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 14% Laguna Woods Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Laguna Woods, California

Comparing Laguna Woods to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 4 1
Well-Paid Single Men 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
People Above Poverty 7 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 6 4
Short Commute Times 5 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Housing Recently Built 6 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 10

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Laguna Woods Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Mission Viejo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SE of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92637, 92653
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92654
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.61
Longitude -117.724

Laguna Woods Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 57 to 78 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
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Laguna Woods Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,507 100%
Male 5,635 34.1%
Female 10,872 65.9%
Under 18 93 0.6%
18+ 16,414 99.4%
65+ 14,268 86.4%
Median Age 78
Average Family Size 2.06
White 15,866 96.1%
African-American 41 0.2%
Asian 412 2.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.1%
Other 31 0.2%
Mixed Race 128 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 340 2.1%

Estimated Laguna Woods Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,293
Growth 1,786
Growth % 10.8%

Laguna Woods Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 15.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
German 12.5%
Russian 7.1%
US/American 7%
Irish 6.9%
Polish 5.1%
Italian 4%
Scottish 3%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
Norwegian 2.4%
Swedish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Hungarian 1.7%
Austrian 1.4%
Dutch 1.4%
British 1.2%
Ukrainian 1%
French Canadian 0.8%
European 0.8%
Canadian 0.8%
Welsh 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Laguna Woods 16,507 $46,889
Irvine 143,072 $85,624
Laguna Beach 23,727 $100,778
Laguna Hills 31,178 $81,334
Laguna Niguel 61,891 $93,613
Lake Forest 58,707 $75,121
Mission Viejo 93,102 $86,902

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