Mission Viejo is a calm and quiet city that isn’t lacking when it comes to modern and urban comforts.
Located in Saddleback Valley, Mission Viejo’s scenery is hard to beat. Lake Mission Viejo and other lakes in the city provide beautiful views, and of course the city is within a short distance of the Pacific Ocean as well.
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, O’Neill Regional Park, and other locations are also right outside of the city, which means that green views and outdoor activities can be enjoyed from any corner of Mission Viejo.
The city is considered a fantastic choice for families, seeing as Niche.com places Mission Viejo in the top bracket of California suburbs to raise a family. Plus, schools in the area are well-rated and listed among some of the best in the state.
Additionally, young professionals are attracted to the city thanks to factors like great job opportunities, a vibrant nightlife scene, and safe crime statistics as well.
Mission Viejo’s population sits at around 96,000. 51% of residents are female, and 49% are male.
67% of the population is White, and 17% is Hispanic. 10% of residents are Asian, 4% and are multiracial or biracial. Additionally, 1% of residents are African American.
32% of the population has some college education or an associate’s degree. 31% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and another 16% have a master’s degree or above.
The median household income is estimated to be $108K, and the median individual income is about $42K. The poverty rate sits at 4.9%, and the unemployment rate tracks around 3.6%.
Mission Viejo residents can expect short, warm, and clear summers. The highest average temperature in Mission Viejo is 82°F. July and August are usually the hottest months of the year in Mission Viejo. Humidity levels also spike close to 90% during July and August.
On the other end of the spectrum, December and January are known for being the coldest months in the city. Winter in this area of the state is largely comfortable, seeing as temperatures generally range around 47°F during colder months.
Residents have the highest chance of experiencing rain between November and April. For reference, the city receives an average of 22.56 inches of rain each year.
Natural disasters can hit Mission Viejo any time of the year. Wildfires typically affect the town during periods of drought or during the hot and dry summer months.
Bushfires can break out in the nearby Santa Ana Mountains and the smoke from these fires can affect the city. However, flooding is the main thing that causes damage to property and that may pose a threat to residents.
Earthquakes should also be expected in Orange County, but Mission Viejo is not especially vulnerable to them. The city has an earthquake index rating of 12.74, which is well below the California rating of 21.80.
Commuter Travel Behavior
Residents over 25 years of age in Mission Viejo have a mean commute time of 24.7 minutes, which is a little under the expected commute time in the state, notably because convenient roadways can be accessed quickly in Mission Viejo.
Residents benefit from having Interstate 5 and California State Route 73 curve through Mission Viejo’s southwestern area. Ortega Highway is a short drive south of Mission Viejo, and Foothill Transportation Corridor can be accessed in the city’s northern corner. Interstate 405 is a short distance northwest of the city as well.
It takes about 35 minutes to reach Santa Ana from the city and 30 minutes to reach Laguna Beach.
Mission Viejo is a safe city with less violent crime and property crime than the national average. The United States rating is 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property crime. Mission Viejo has a rating of 8.6 for violent crime and a rating of 19.8 for property crime.
The safest neighborhoods are located all across the city, and no one area is considered better than others. For example, Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway in the northeast, Felipe Road/La Paz Road in the east and Platino/Via Noveno in the northwest are all considered to be some of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
Mission Viejo operates under a council-manager system of government that places legislative power in the hands of a 5-person city council. Council members are elected at-large to serve for staggered 4-year terms of office.
The city council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Council Chamber at 6PM.
The Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce began in August 2011 and in a short span of time grew to include more than 200 members. The chamber encourages and promotes businesses in the city in an effort to keep the city’s economy thriving.
The chamber hosts regular networking events, monthly mixers, and more, in addition to being a resource center.
Under the city’s council-manager form of government, the council elects a mayor and a mayor pro tem to serve for 1 year terms of office.
The mayor of Mission Viejo has equal legislative power as the city council. Additionally, the mayor acts as the city’s ceremonial leader and serves as the presiding officer of all city council meetings.
Mission Veijo’s population grew steadily from 92,615 in 2010 to 96,124 in 2018. During this time, the population grew 3%. The 10 year growth rate can be divided into an annual growth rate of 0.52%.
The city’s median resident age is 45, which is comparably higher than both California’s median resident age and the U.S. median resident age. The population is split roughly 50/50 between male and female residents, seeing as about 48,510 residents are women and around 47,610 residents are men.
77% of the city’s households are families, while 3.3 is the average family size. The city’s birth rate is 5%.
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An estimated 78.7% of residents living in Mission Viejo are White. Another 11.1% of the city’s population is of Asian descent. About 1% of the population is Black or African American, and an additional 5.2% of the city’s residents are biracial or multiracial.
Almost 76% of Mission Viejo’s population only speaks English. Another 10% of the population in this corner of California speaks Spanish, while a little over 5% of residents speak another Indo-European language.
Almost 20% of the population was born outside of the U.S. To compare, this tracks under California’s average of 27%, but is about 7% over the national average.
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Mission Viejo contains 14 public elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 6 high school campuses. 82% of local students attend public schools, while 18% of students are enrolled in private schools.
The city’s graduation rate among residents 25 years and over is 94%. Comparably, this tracks over both statewide and national averages. Mission Viejo’s high school dropout rate is 6%.
21.8% of the population has received some college education, and about 10% of residents have earned an associate’s degree. Almost 48% of residents 25 years and over have a bachelor’s degree, and another 15.6% of the population has earned a graduate or a professional degree.
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Mission Viejo is serviced by Saddleback Valley Unified School District, a highly-rated school system that is ranked to be Orange County’s 9th best school system by Niche.com. Around 28,000 students attend campuses in Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and the district’s average student-teacher ratio is 26 to 1.
On a statewide level, Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s athletic programming ranks as #15 out of 487 other districts. This school system also is known for being one of the best to teach in across California, and out of 487 total districts, Niche.com ranks Saddleback Valley Unified School District ranks as #66.
Saddleback Valley Unified School District includes 26 elementary schools, 7 of which are in Mission Viejo’s borders. As for middle school campuses, SVUSD includes 4 intermediate campuses, and 2 such campuses are in the city. Out of 4 high schools in the district, 3 are in Mission Viejo.
The median property value in Mission Viejo is about $785K, which doesn’t rank among the highest of medians in the state, but still ranks as one of the highest medians on a national level.
The majority of properties in the city at 51.2% are priced between $607K-$910K, and 22.5% of real estate varies between $910K-$1.2 million. Another 4% of properties are worth over the $1.2 million mark. 11.5% of properties are in lower price ranges, specifically between $485K-$607K. Another 6.9% of real estate varies between $364K-$485K. Less than 3% of Mission Viejo properties are valued under the $364K mark.
As for appreciation rates, real estate in the city appreciated an impressive total of 55.07% between December 2009 and December 2019, which breaks down into an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.48%. This number places Mission Viejo’s appreciation rate as among the highest 10% in the nation.
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Out of an estimated 34,000 residential options in the city, 76.3% of housing is owner-occupied, and 23.7% of properties are rented.
The majority of housing options are single family homes, seeing as 71.5% of residences are this type of property. 12.7% of options in Mission Viejo are condominiums and attached properties, and 12% of properties are apartment complexes. Just 3.8% of residences are smaller apartment buildings.
As for age, 83.2% of properties were constructed between 1970-1999, and 12.4% of residences were built between 1940-1969. Just 0.3% of options were built in or before 1939, which leaves around 4% of options being built in 2000 or later years.
To give an idea of property size, 36% of options have 3 bedrooms, and 28.7% have 4 bedrooms. 7.4% of properties have 5 or more bedrooms, and 20.8% have 2 bedrooms, which means 7.1% of housing options have 1 bedroom.
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The average salary of a Mission Viejo resident is $92K, and the city’s median household income is almost $115K. At $48K, the city’s per capita income tracks over both statewide and national averages.
4.8% of Mission Viejo residents are unemployed, and 5% of the population lives in poverty. About 8.5% of the population makes under $25K each year.
Another 9.2% of residents earn $25K-$35K, and 13.1% make $35K-$50K. Another 13.5% of the population earns $50K-$65K, while 6.3% of Mission Viejo residents make $65K-$75K annually. Over 15% of residents make $75K-$100K, and another 34% earn over $100K each year.
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Cost of Living
Mission Viejo has a higher than average cost of living rating when compared to both California and the United States. Although the cost of living is higher in the city, salaries are also much higher than the California average. California residents make about $72,000 a year while Mission Viejo residents earn over $102,000.
Homes in the city are about $180,000 more expensive than the California average and about $500,000 more expensive than the US average. Utilities, transportation, groceries and healthcare all cost about the same in Mission Viejo as the California averages.
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As one of the largest master-planned cities in the United States, Mission Viejo’s layout is intentionally designed to have tree-lined neighborhoods and scenic surroundings.
Northern neighborhoods have a high cost of living, seeing as the median real estate price is about $1 million. This is more expensive than 83% of California neighborhoods and around 96% of neighborhoods on a national level.
Central neighborhoods are more affordable, seeing as these neighborhoods have a median real estate price of $822K. Even so, this is more expensive than 74.2% of California neighborhoods and 94.2% of residential areas across the U.S.
While other neighborhoods are similarly more affordable, the southern corner of Mission Viejo has a notably low cost of living. This area has a median real estate price of $579K, which is more affordable than roughly half of residential areas in the state. That said, this area is still considered to be more costly than 87.4% of neighborhoods nationally.