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Overview

Introduction to Mission Viejo, California

Mission Viejo is a city located in Orange County, California, approximately 23 miles southeast of Anaheim and 43 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Suburban in tone and primarily residential in scope, Mission Viejo was incorporated as a city in 1988. Largely undeveloped until the 1970s due to its hilly contour, the area now comprising Mission Viejo was used in the early part of the 20th century mostly for sheep and cattle grazing. In the 1970s and 1980s, development was extensive, as road and housing construction was widespread and just about managed to keep pace with the large demand for homes.

Homes and other structures in Mission Viejo are almost universally designed in Spanish mission-style motif, as is also the case for most of the cities and towns comprising the surrounding portion of Orange County. Nearby cities include San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach, Tustin and Santa Ana. Universities located within Orange County include University of California Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.

Mission Viejo and Orange County Attractions

Lake Mission Viejo is a private recreational facility built around a large man-made lake with extensive facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The site is also host to several summer concerts each year. Mission San Juan Capistrano, also known as the "Birthplace of Orange County," is a historical site celebrating the Spanish, European, Mexican and Native American heritages of California. Other attractions in Orange County include:

  • Wild Rivers Waterpark (Irvine).
  • Richard M. Nixon Library (Yorba Linda).
  • Orange County Zoo (Orange).
  • Marconi Automotive Museum (Tustin).
  • International Surfing Museum (Huntington Beach).
  • Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure Park (Anaheim).
  • Knott's Berry Farm/Knott's Soak City (Buena Park).

Sports fans don't need to travel far to enjoy watching professional sporting events. The following teams are located in Orange County:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • National Hockey League (NHL):
    • Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Also located in Orange County is the Surfing Hall of Fame (Huntington Beach).

The following pro teams reside within an hour's drive north (Los Angeles area):

  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • National Basketball Association (NBA):
    • Los Angeles Lakers.
    • Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA):
    • Los Angeles Sparks.
  • National Hockey League (NHL):
    • Los Angeles Kings.
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL):
    • Los Angeles Riptide.
  • Arena Football (AFL):
    • Los Angeles Avengers.

People

Total Population 95,979
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 46,670
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46%
Median Earnings25+ $54,374
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,864
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,655

Wealth

Median Family Income $112,850
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,918
Median House Value $584,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.1%
Irish 11.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mission Viejo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles SE of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92675, 92691, 92692, 92694
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92690
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.611
Longitude -117.671

Mission Viejo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station EL TORO MCAS
Distance 5.3 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
Station TUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance 7.6 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
Station ELSINORE
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 46 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 84 F
Annual Precip 12 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mission Viejo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ladera Ranch (92694)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Laguna Hills 31,017 $105,199
Laguna Niguel 64,825 $120,169
Laguna Woods 16,359 $57,444
Lake Forest 79,928 $108,782
Rancho Santa Margarita 49,026 $122,673
San Juan Capistrano 35,897 $84,812

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mission Viejo Public Libraries

Library
Mission Viejo City Library
100 CIVIC CENTER
Mission Viejo, California
(949) 830-7100
Library Web Site

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Mission Viejo Hospitals

MISSION HOSPITAL REGIONAL MED CENTER
(Proprietary)
27700 MEDICAL CENTER RD
(949) 364-1400
Emergency Service: Yes

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TRABUCO HILLS HIGH
27501 CORDOVA ROAD
949-768-1934
Serves 2,795 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

MISSION VIEJO HIGH
25025 CHRISANTA DR.
949-837-7722
Serves 2,724 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.6

CAPISTRANO VALLEY HIGH
26301 VIA ESCOLAR
949-364-6100
Serves 2,234 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

SILVERADO HIGH (CONT.)
25632 DISENO DR.
949-586-8800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 360 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

MIRA MONTE HIGH (ALTERNATIVE)
25632 DISENO DR.
949-830-8857
A Non-traditional School
Serves 125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 52.1

ESPERANZA
25121 PRADERA DR.
949-830-5470
A Special Education School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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