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 96,396 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 89.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mission Viejo is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mission Viejo who work in management occupations (16.34%), sales jobs (13.89%), and office and administrative support (12.08%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.81% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Because of many things, Mission Viejo is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Mission Viejo a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Mission Viejo has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Mission Viejo’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Mission Viejo is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Mission Viejo area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Mission Viejo is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.18% of adults in Mission Viejo have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Mission Viejo in 2010 was $44,684, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,736 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 16.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mission Viejo include English, Irish, Italian, and Iranian.

In addition, Mission Viejo has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.67%).

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