Introduction to Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Rancho Santa Margarita, California, in Orange county, is 4 miles NE of Mission Viejo, California (center to center) and 16 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. The city is included in the Orange County metropolitan area. 

Rancho Santa Margarita History

The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Spanish explorer Captain Gaspar de Portola landed here in 1769. The Spanish ruled the area till 1821, after which it was acquired by Mexico. The city of Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated in January 2000.

Rancho Santa Margarita and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • County Wilderness Parks.
  • Santa Ana Mountains.

Things To Do In Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita is a well planned city which would appeal to people with varying interests. The city offers a well balanced mix of parks, restaurants and shopping areas. Special events are organized regularly to educate and entertain people.

Rancho Santa Margarita Transportation

The John Wayne/ Orange County Airport offers facilities for air transport.

Rancho Santa Margarita Higher Education

Saddleback College is the local educational institution.


Total Population 49,026
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 6.9%
Employed Population 16+ 26,609
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.2%
Median Earnings25+ $60,765
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,865
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,851


Median Family Income $122,673
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 18.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,706
Median House Value $557,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 11.7%
Irish 13.3%

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

Rancho Santa Margarita Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Mission Viejo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles SE of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92688
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.64
Longitude -117.602

Rancho Santa Margarita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.8 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 9.4 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
Distance 15.6 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, Rancho Santa Margarita, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Trabuco Canyon (92688)

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
Mission Viejo 95,979 $112,850
San Juan Capistrano 35,897 $84,812

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

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Serves 2,600 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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