Aliso Viejo, CA
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Aliso Viejo is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 50,887 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Aliso Viejo is the 180th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Aliso Viejo are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Aliso Viejo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Aliso Viejo is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aliso Viejo who work in management occupations (18.18%), sales jobs (13.77%), and office and administrative support (11.82%).

Also of interest is that Aliso Viejo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Aliso Viejo is also a city of artists. Aliso Viejo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Aliso Viejo’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Aliso Viejo, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Aliso Viejo is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Aliso Viejo a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

If knowledge is power, Aliso Viejo is a pretty powerful place. 56.24% of the adults in Aliso Viejo have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Aliso Viejo in 2018 was $50,517, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $202,068 for a family of four.

Aliso Viejo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Aliso Viejo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aliso Viejo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Aliso Viejo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.14% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Aliso Viejo include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Iranian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Aliso Viejo's cultural character, accounting for 22.19% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Aliso Viejo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Persian.