Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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Rancho Santa Margarita is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 49,324 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 90.58% 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 sales jobs (16.38%), management occupations (15.63%), and office and administrative support (12.66%).

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The citizens of Rancho Santa Margarita are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.08% of adults in Rancho Santa Margarita have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rancho Santa Margarita in 2010 was $42,768, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $171,072 for a family of four.

Rancho Santa Margarita is a very 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 18.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Santa Margarita include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Rancho Santa Margarita also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.38%.

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