Mission Viejo, CA
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Mission Viejo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 96,016 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mission Viejo is the 75th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Mission 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.

Mission Viejo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mission Viejo is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mission Viejo who work in management occupations (15.76%), sales jobs (13.19%), and office and administrative support (12.30%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Mission Viejo telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.49% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Mission Viejo is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Mission Viejo’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The citizens of Mission Viejo are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.23% of adults in Mission Viejo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mission Viejo in 2010 was $46,394, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $185,576 for a family of four.

Mission Viejo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mission Viejo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mission Viejo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Mission Viejo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mission Viejo include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Iranian.

In addition, Mission Viejo has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.36%).

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