Rancho Santa Margarita is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 48,793 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 91.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rancho Santa Margarita is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rancho Santa Margarita who work in management occupations (14.57%), sales jobs (14.08%), and office and administrative support (13.11%).
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.
Because of many things, Rancho Santa Margarita is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Rancho Santa Margarita 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, Rancho Santa Margarita has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Rancho Santa Margarita’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Rancho Santa Margarita is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rancho Santa Margarita, the average commute to work is 30.62 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Rancho Santa Margarita is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.72% of adults in Rancho Santa Margarita 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 Rancho Santa Margarita in 2010 was $47,229, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $188,916 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 19.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Santa Margarita include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Rancho Santa Margarita's cultural character, accounting for 17.01% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Rancho Santa Margarita is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.