Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population48,792
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens8%
Employed Population 16+26,689
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married58.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54%
Median Earnings25+$65,685
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,513
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,443

Wealth

Median Family Income$132,360
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone19.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,953
Median House Value$652,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.9%
Irish12.4%
English9.9%
Italian8.4%
Norwegian3.1%
French Except Basque2.5%
Scottish2.4%
Swedish2.1%
Polish2.1%
Dutch1.5%
Iranian1.4%
Welsh1.3%
Arab1.1%
Russian0.9%
African0.9%
Portuguese0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Czech0.5%
Afghan)0.4%
US/American0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
South African0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Estonian0.1%
German0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Rancho Santa Margarita Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyOrange County
Standard Zip Codes92688
Phone Area Codes949
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.62
Approximate Longitude-117.61

Rancho Santa Margarita 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
Distance7.8 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
Distance9.4 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
StationELSINORE
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp38 to 66 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp61 to 98 F
Oct Temp51 to 84 F
Annual Precip12 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Laguna Hills31,185$118,846
Laguna Niguel65,652$130,316
Laguna Woods16,228$58,826
Lake Forest82,911$120,046
Mission Viejo96,124$128,982
San Juan Capistrano35,952$97,217

Rancho Santa Margarita Public Schools

Arroyo Vista Elementary
23371 Arroyo Vista
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Arroyo Vista Middle
23371 Arroyo Vista
ZIP: 92688
Middle
Total Enrollment 406
Cielo Vista Elementary
21811 Avenida De Los Fundador
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 821
Las Flores Elementary
25862 Antonio Pkwy.
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Melinda Heights Elementary
21001 Rancho Trabuco
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 1077
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate
21931 Alma Aldea
ZIP: 92688
Middle
Total Enrollment 1353
Tijeras Creek Elementary
23072 Avenida Empresa
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Trabuco Mesa Elementary
21301 Avenida De Los Flores
ZIP: 92688
Primary
Total Enrollment 581

Rancho Santa Margarita Private Schools

Kindercare Learning Centers # 1535
30062 Santa Margarita Pkwy
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Kingdom Life Academy
30615 Avenida De Las Flores
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Mission Hills Christian School
29582 Aventura
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 488
Montessori At The Park
21742 Buena Suerte
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Rancho Viejo Montessori School
29782 Avenida De Las Bandera
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Rsm Montessori School
30075 Comercio
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
22062 Antonio Pkwy
ZIP: 92688
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1591
Serra Catholic School
23652 Antonio Pkwy
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1026
St Johns Episcopal School
30382 Via Con Dios
ZIP: 92688
Elementary
Total Enrollment 518
The Master's Academy
30 Calle De Las Sonatas
ZIP: 92688
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
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