ABOUT Laguna Hills
Laguna Hills has a long and rich history, a diverse population of over 30,000 residents, a convenient location in relation to popular California cities, excellent public schools, and a safe and peaceful atmosphere.
Laguna Hills is one of the best suburban areas to live in across the state. With many local parks, a variety of shops and restaurants, and multiple entertaining venues, Laguna Hills also has many nearby locations well worth a visit. Neighboring wilderness parks, preserves, shopping centers, and more are within convenient driving distance of residents.
Relative to the nation, property values and income rates are considerably high, but the cost of living in this city is fairly affordable by California’s standards.
This city offers the great advantages of living in Orange County with a smaller price tag attached, which makes this city particularly popular among young professionals and retirees. Additionally, Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s reputation for academic excellence makes Laguna Hills favorable to young families.
Laguna Hills has a population of just over 30,000. 59% of residents are White. 21% identify as Hispanic, and 14% of residents are Asian. 2% of the population is African American, 3% are biracial or multiracial, and 1% of residents are of other ethnic backgrounds.
As for education, 30% of residents have some college background or an associate’s degree, and 32% of residents have a bachelor’s degree. 17% have earned a master’s degree or above.
The median household income is a little over $99K, and the median individual income is estimated to be $35K. The unemployment rate tracks near 3.9%, and the poverty rate is about 8.7%.
TOP Laguna Hills HIGHLIGHTS
Laguna Hills has an annual average temperature of 64.4°F. To compare, this is slightly over California’s average of 61.2°F. The temperature is also over the national average of 54.5°F.
The average monthly temperature in Laguna Hills drops to about 54°F during colder months. Meanwhile, warmer months have average temperatures that range between 62°F and 73°F.
The city’s average annual precipitation is 13.26 inches. For context, this tracks under California’s average and is less than half of the U.S. average.
The annual average humidity in Laguna Hills is 80.16%. This is about even with California’s average and tracks slightly over the U.S. average.
Laguna Hills is among the cities in California that are prone to severe storms and massive flooding.
The city’s neighborhoods that are located near the creeks and other bodies of water are vulnerable to heavy rains and flash floods.
In the past, up to 12 feet of water flooded roads in the city and caused severe damage to properties and public utilities.
Laguna Hills has a high risk of earthquakes, with a total of more than 4,300 earthquakes in the area since 1931. According to the USGS, there is a 92.4% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of the city within the next 50 years.
The risks of damage from tornadoes, meanwhile, is higher than the California average but is much lower than the national average.
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Considering the average commute time for those 25 years and over in Laguna Hills is 23.1 minutes, traveling to and from work is slightly more convenient than statewide averages.
Laguna Hills’s eastern outline is largely defined by Interstate 5 , which means the interstate can be largely easily accessed at any corner of the city. California State Route 73 similarly defines a southwestern corner of Laguna Hills. Interstate 405 is directly north of Laguna Hills, and Laguna Canyon Road is a short distance west of the city.
It takes less than 20 minutes to reach Irvine by car, and Santa Ana is about a 22 minute commute from Laguna Hills.
Laguna Hills is among the cities in California with the lowest crime rates.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is 457 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 44% lower than the national average. Laguna Hills is safer than about 70% of communities in California, and about 61% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the city is 55 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 54% lower than the national average.
Property crime rate, meanwhile, happens more often in the area at a rate of 402 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 42% lower than the national average.
The safest neighborhoods in the city are located in the southern part, near the Cabot Road, Las Alturas Avenue, and Galivan. The areas with the highest crime rates are located in the north near the Laguna Canyon Road.
City council members in Laguna Hills are elected to serve for staggered 4-year terms of office. The council is made up of 5 members, including the elected mayor and the mayor pro tem.
City council meetings take place at 7PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, and council meetings are open to the public.
The Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce acts in the interests of its members in order to grow and enhance local businesses and further improve the community of Laguna Hills.
This chamber provides its members with opportunities to achieve their goals, create positive business and personal growth, and become an active part of the city’s community.
The mayor of Laguna Hills is elected among sitting council members. Also, the mayor’s term of office lasts for 1 year and is confirmed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
The mayor of Laguna Hills acts as the city council’s head, represents the city’s residents in governmental affairs, and seeks to further improve the quality of life in Laguna Hills.
Laguna Hills Population 2020
Laguna Hills is home to over 31,000 residents. The city’s 10 year growth rate is 2.47%, and the annual growth rate is 0.35%.
Almost 16,000 residents are women, which means 51% of the population is female. Around 15,230 residents are male, which equals 49% of the city’s population.
The median resident age in Laguna Hills is 43. Roughly 25% of the city’s population is under 18 years old. Another 7% of residents are between 20-24 years old. Another 11% of residents are between 25-34. About 27% of residents are between 35-54. Meanwhile, 15% of residents are 55-64, and another 15% are over 65 years old.
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Laguna Hills Diversity 2020
70% of the city’s population is White, and another 15% of Laguna Hills residents are Asian. Another 6.7% of residents are biracial or multiracial. Almost 2% of the city’s population is Black or African American.
67.2% of Laguna Hills’s population only speaks English. Another 14.4% of residents are fluent in Spanish. Meanwhile, 7.2% of the population speaks another Indo-European language. Almost 2% of residents speak Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese, while 1.3% of residents speak Vietnamese.
Over 26% of Laguna Hills residents were born outside of the U.S. For context, this percentage is about average for California and tracks well over the U.S. average.
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Laguna Hills Education 2020
Laguna Hills has 3 public elementary schools and 1 high school. Other educational facilities are short commutes away for local students.
About 92% of the city’s population that is over 25 has a high school diploma or a GED. From there, 20% of residents have taken some amount of college courses. Another 9.7% of residents have earned an associate’s degree. Meanwhile, almost 50% of the population has a bachelor’s degree, while about 17% of residents have a master’s or a professional degree.
Laguna Hills has an estimated high school dropout rate of 8%. To compare, this is 4% under the U.S. average and 9% under the statewide average.
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SCHOOLS IN Laguna Hills
Saddleback Valley Unified School District is ranked by Niche.com to be Orange County’s #9 best school district.
This school system services over 27,000 students and consists of 26 elementary schools, 4 intermediate campuses, and 4 high school campuses to make a total of 37 schools. Saddleback Valley Unified School District is highly rated by parents, teachers, and students alike, and the district has an average student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1.
Additionally, 51% of students in this district are at least proficient in math, and 64% are at least proficient in reading according to state test scores. The average SAT score for students is 1230, and the average ACT score is 28. The average graduation rate of this district’s campuses is 93%.
Laguna Hills schools include campuses like Lomarena Elementary, San Joaquin Elementary, and Valencia Elementary, in addition to La Paz Intermediate School and Laguna Hills High School. The city’s students also have access to multiple private campuses.
Laguna Hills Housing 2020
The median property value in Laguna Hills is estimated to be a little over $782K, which isn’t classed as being one of the highest median property values in California, but is among the highest in the nation.
27.3% of the real estate market is priced between $591K-$886K, and 17% of properties are worth between $886K-$1.1 million. Another 19% of properties range above the $1.1 million mark. 7.7% of properties are more affordable and vary between $472K-$591K, and another 10.8% of real estate is priced between $355K-$473K. 9.7% of real estate is valued between $237K-$335K, and 8.5% of properties are worth under $237K.
Laguna Hills properties appreciated a total of 54.38% between December 2009 and December 2019, which equals an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.44%. This places Laguna Hills among the top 10% of cities nationwide in terms of real estate appreciation.
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There are an estimated 10,370 housing options in Laguna Hills. 70% of residences are owner-occupied, and 30% of properties are rented. The vacancy rate tracks around 5.2%.
As expected, the majority of properties are single family homes at 58.3%. Condominiums and attached properties make up 16.2% of housing options, and 16.7% of options are apartment complexes. An estimated 8.8% of properties are smaller apartment buildings.
A whopping 86.5% of properties in Laguna Hills were constructed between 1970-1999, and 9.5% of options were built between 1940-1999. Just 3.8% of residences were built after the turn of the 21st century, and only 0.2% of housing options were built in or before 1939.
10% of properties have 5 or more bedrooms, and 29.5% have 4 bedrooms. 29.6% of housing options have 3 bedroom layouts, and 18.3% have 2 bedrooms. 12.6% of residences have 1 bedroom layouts.
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Laguna Hills Economy 2020
The average salary in Laguna Hills is about $95K, and the estimated median household income is $98K. For reference, the city’s per capita income is $48K.
Around 15% of the city’s population earns under $25K each year. Meanwhile, 15% of residents make $25K-$35K annually. Another 12% of residents make between $35K-$50K annually, while 11% of the population earns between $50K-$65K each year.
Another 5% of residents earn between $65K-$75K. 13% of the population makes between $75K-$100K annually, and 30% of residents earn more than $100K each year.
Additionally, 5% of Laguna Hills residents are unemployed, and 8.7% of the city’s population lives in poverty.
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Cost of Living
Laguna Hills is not exactly a cheap place to live in, as it features top-notch amenities and expensive neighborhoods.
The cost of living in the city is about 19% higher than the California average, and about 67% higher than the national average.
With a median home price of nearly $800,000, housing costs in the city are about 197% higher than the national average.
The costs of goods and services are about 10% higher than the national average, while the costs of utilities is abou 10% lower than the national average.
One can also expect to pay for healthcare expenses that are about 9% higher than the national average, and transportation expenses that are about 30% higher than the national average.
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Laguna Hills can be divided into 14 neighborhoods, such as Aliso Hills, Crestline, Indian Hill, and Quail Creek.
Southeastern neighborhoods tend to have a higher cost of living, considering that the median real estate price in this corner of Laguna Hills is $1.7 million. This median price tracks as being more expensive than 96.5% of California neighborhoods and more costly than 99.4% of neighborhoods nationally.
A more affordable area of the city is the northwestern corner of Laguna Hills, where the median real estate price is just under $700K. Even so, these neighborhoods are still considered to be more costly than 58.6% of residential areas in the state and 88.5% of neighborhoods across the U.S.
The most affordable neighborhoods are situated just west of central neighborhoods. Here, the median real estate price is only $343K, which is more affordable than 77.6% of California residential areas and 32.9% of neighborhoods nationally.