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Overview

Introduction to Lake Forest, California

Lake Forest is a California city located in Orange County's Saddleback Valley, about 20 miles southeast of Anaheim and 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city is bisected by Interstate I-5 and is also near Interstate I-405 and California State Highways 73 and 133. The Orange County Airport is only minutes away. Nearby communities include Mission Viejo (to the east), Laguna Niguel (to the south) and Irvine (to the northwest).

Lake Forest History

The area once known as El Toro was a growing agricultural community for much of the 20th century until residential, commercial and industrial development began to replace the farmland following World War II. When Occidental Petroleum decided to create a master-planned community in the 1960s around the area's abundant trees and man-made lakes, development ensued and the community was named Lake Forest owing to the numerous eucalyptus trees which provided landscaping for its new modern homes. In 1991 Lake Forest was incorporated as a city, with residents voting to invoke the name of the planned community as the new city's name.

Lake Forest Points of Interest

Lake Forest is home to a number of outdoor sites offering diversions of both a recreational and cultural nature. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park offers around 1,500 acres of woodlands usable for mountain biking, hiking and many other forms of outdoor recreation. The Aliso Creek Trail follows a scenic fifteen-plus mile course from Lake Forest to its neighboring city of Laguna Niguel. Serrano Creek Community Park, originally created as an equestrian park for horses owned by local residents, is now an ideal place for hiking, biking or picnicking. At the southern end of this park is Heritage Hill Historical Park, whose historic buildings reflect a cross-section of Saddleback Valley history. Visitors to Lake Forest also have the luxury of meandering to other places in Orange County, where a wealth of world class attractions can be found only minutes away.

Demographics

People

Total Population80,658
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+43,344
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married55.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher45.1%
Median Earnings25+$51,992
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,928

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,293
% Above Poverty Level92.4%
% Below Poverty Level7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone20.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,777
Median House Value$550,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.1%
German14%
Irish10.6%
English8.5%
Italian6.2%
French Except Basque2.4%
Polish2.3%
Scottish2.2%
Norwegian1.9%
Russian1.6%
Swedish1.5%
Dutch1.4%
Arab1.2%
Iranian1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Czech0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Greek0.4%
US/American0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Finnish0.2%
African0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
South African0.1%
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Lake Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92630
P.O. Box Zip Codes92609
Phone Area Codes714,949
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.64
Approximate Longitude-117.67

Lake Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEL TORO MCAS
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp47 to 66 F
Apr Temp51 to 72 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp57 to 78 F
Annual Precip14 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance5.1 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Irvine246,992$112,733
Laguna Hills31,127$106,977
Laguna Niguel64,984$121,422
Laguna Woods16,347$57,726
Mission Viejo96,178$117,171
Rancho Santa Margarita49,038$121,465

Lake Forest Public Schools

El Toro High
25255 Toledo Way
ZIP: 92630
High
Total Enrollment 2548
La Madera Elementary
25350 Serrano Rd.
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Lake Forest Elementary
21801 Pittsford Dr.
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 894
Olivewood Elementary
23391 Dune Mear Rd.
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Ralph A. Gates Elementary
23882 Landisview Ave.
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 1059
Rancho Canada Elementary
21801 Winding Way
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Santiago Elementary
24982 Rivendell Dr.
ZIP: 92630
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Serrano Intermediate
24642 Jeronimo Rd.
ZIP: 92630
Middle
Total Enrollment 1233

Lake Forest Private Schools

Abiding Savior Lutheran School
23262 El Toro Rd
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 255
Arbor Christian School
23302 El Toro Rd
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Escalade Academy
23832 Rockfield Blvd Ste 180
ZIP: 92630
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
Fulbright Montessori Academy
20411 James Bay Cir
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Grace Christian Schools
26052 Trabuco Rd
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Lake Forest Montessori School
25435 Trabuco Rd Ste 5
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Montessori Children's School House
24601 Raymond Way # 8
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Montessori On The Lake
23311 Muirlands Blvd
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
Woodcrest Preschool
21772 Lake Forest Dr
ZIP: 92630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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