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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.49% 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.

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.

The education level of Mission Viejo ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Mission Viejo, 47.23% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.