Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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Living in Rancho Santa Margarita


Rancho Santa Margarita is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 48,325 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Rancho Santa Margarita is the 179th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Rancho Santa Margarita 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.

Rancho Santa Margarita is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rancho Santa Margarita is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rancho Santa Margarita who work in management occupations (14.70%), sales jobs (13.58%), and office and administrative support (12.01%).

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

Rancho Santa Margarita 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, Rancho Santa Margarita’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Rancho Santa Margarita, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.31 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Rancho Santa Margarita. 51.55% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rancho Santa Margarita in 2010 was $51,219, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $204,876 for a family of four.

Rancho Santa Margarita is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rancho Santa Margarita home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rancho Santa Margarita residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Rancho Santa Margarita also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.65% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Santa Margarita include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

Rancho Santa Margarita also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.69%.

The most common language spoken in Rancho Santa Margarita is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.