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Overview

Introduction to San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles SE of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 20 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. The city was established near the Mission San Juan Capistrano. A large number of houses and strip malls have Spanish style architecture. There is a wide variety of homes, including multi-million dollar mansions in gated communities, homes constructed before 1900, 18th century adobes and ranches situated in the foothills.

Los Rios is regarded as one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in California. The city is well known for the yearly migration of the Cliff Swallows from Argentina to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Approximately 40% of the land is open space and parkland.

San Juan Capistrano History

The Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776. During this time the Acjachemen Indians lived in the region. The mission was established as part of a plan to colonize California and to bring the Indians into the Spanish culture. After the mission was constructed, cultivated fields and granaries were established and ceramics, bricks and tiles were produced. The area had the first vineyard and winery in California. During the 1850's the community was a popular stopping location for pioneers and gold prospectors.

San Juan Capistrano Attractions

The Mission San Juan Capistrano has been ranked as a Minor Basilica. Approximately half a million people visit the mission each year. It's well known for the "Return of the Swallows" which is observed every year on March 19th. The mission has been a subject for prominent artists and has been mentioned in numerous books and shown in films. A modern church complex is located near the old mission. The city has numerous other attractions including:

  • Mission Basilica church is an impressive building and has the design of the historic mission's stone church, which was destroyed during an earthquake.
  • The Swallow's Day Parade is a yearly event.
  • The Swallows Festival celebrates the return of the swallows and lasts for two months.
  • Manuel Garcia Adobe is a Mission-Revival Style adobe.
  • Camino Real Playhouse.
  • The Los Rios Historic District features numerous notable structures and is a popular tourist destination.
  • The O'Neill Museum is a rustic wooden building and one of the initial homes in the city. The museum offers a look at life in the early days of San Juan Capistrano.
  • The Blas Aguilar Adobe was constructed in 1794.
  • Capistrano Depot.
  • Montanez Adobe is from the Spanish era.
  • Eagan House.
  • Esslinger Building.
  • Historic Town Center Archaeological Park Site.
  • Avila Adobe is from the Mexican Rancho era.
  • Stroschein House.
  • Old Capristrano Union High School.
  • Zoomars Petting Zoo & Bird Park.

San Juan Capistrano Activities

The Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park is a large acreage, located among the river terraces and canyons in the Santa Ana Mountains. The park features hiking and equestrian trails and picnic areas. The scenic Cleveland National Forest has numerous hiking trails and campgrounds.

Doheny State Beach offers camping areas and is popular for surf fishing. The close by San Clemente Beach is used for a variety of activities and includes hiking trails on the bluffs. The Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente pier are nearby. There are numerous quality golf courses in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,006
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+16,313
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married57%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.9%
Median Earnings25+$40,249
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,530
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,346

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,599
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone21.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,749
Median House Value$590,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.5%
English12.6%
Irish10.9%
Italian6.9%
French Except Basque4%
Scottish2.3%
Swedish2%
Polish1.8%
Dutch1.7%
Greek1.4%
Norwegian1.4%
Danishn1.1%
Russian1%
Arab0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Czech0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
African0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
South African0.3%
Slovak0.2%
US/American0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
German0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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San Juan Capistrano Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92675, 92691, 92692
P.O. Box Zip Codes92693, 92690
Phone Area Codes949, 714
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.49
Approximate Longitude-117.66

San Juan Capistrano Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLAGUNA BEACH
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp44 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 77 F
Oct Temp55 to 76 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches
StationNEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
Distance14.5 miles
Jan Temp48 to 64 F
Apr Temp54 to 66 F
Jul Temp63 to 71 F
Oct Temp59 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.6 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance14.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dana Point34,009$113,294
Laguna Beach23,204$145,025
Laguna Hills31,127$106,977
Laguna Niguel64,984$121,422
Mission Viejo96,178$117,171
San Clemente65,082$122,500

San Juan Capistrano Public Schools

South Coast Regional Occupational Program
31522 El Camino Real
ZIP: 92675
High
Harold Ambuehl Elementary
28001 San Juan Creek Rd.
ZIP: 92675
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Kinoshita Elementary
2 Via Positiva
ZIP: 92675
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Marco Forster Middle
25601 Camino Del Avion
ZIP: 92675
Middle
Total Enrollment 1360
San Juan Elementary
31642 El Camino Real
ZIP: 92675
Primary
Total Enrollment 774
Del Obispo Elementary
25591 Camino Del Avion
ZIP: 92675
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Capistrano Connections Academy
33272 Valle Rd
ZIP: 92675
Other
Total Enrollment 2409
California Preparatory Academy
32972 Calle Perfecto
ZIP: 92675
High
Total Enrollment 196
San Juan Hills High
29211 Vista Montana
ZIP: 92675
High
Total Enrollment 2391
Capistrano Virtual/home
32972 Calle Perfecto
ZIP: 92675
Primary
Total Enrollment 158
Junipero Serra High
31422 Camino Capistrano
ZIP: 92675
High
Total Enrollment 164
Bridges Community Day
31576 El Camino Real
ZIP: 92675
High
Total Enrollment 19

San Juan Capistrano Private Schools

St Margaret S Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Ave
ZIP: 92675
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1139
Jserra Catholic High School
26351 Junipero Serra Rd Ste 180
ZIP: 92675
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1046
Saddleback Valley Christian School
26333 Oso Rd
ZIP: 92675
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 833
Mission Basilica School
31641 El Camino Real
ZIP: 92675
Elementary
Total Enrollment 265
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools
32032 Del Obispo St
ZIP: 92675
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 437
Coastal Mountain Youth Academy
33171 Pasco Cerveza #120
ZIP: 92675
Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Marbella Montessori
31113 Rancho Viejo Rd
ZIP: 92675
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools-san Juan Capistrano
26300 Via Escolar
ZIP: 92692
Elementary
Total Enrollment 426
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Historic San Juan Capistrano

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Mission San Juan Capistrano c1899.

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Mission San Juan Capistrano c1899.

Mission of San Juan Capistrano. c1899.

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