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 97,156 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 89.00% 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 sales jobs (15.12%), management occupations (13.64%), and office and administrative support (13.05%).

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 9.17% 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.

Because of many things, Mission Viejo is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mission Viejo really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mission Viejo perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Mission Viejo is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.56% 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 $41,513, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,052 for a family of four.

Mission Viejo is a somewhat 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 15.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mission Viejo include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Mission Viejo's cultural character, accounting for 19.31% of the city’s population.

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