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 48,969 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 90.66% 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 (15.27%), sales jobs (13.57%), and office and administrative support (13.10%).

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.

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 30.28 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Rancho Santa Margarita is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Rancho Santa Margarita area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Rancho Santa Margarita ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Rancho Santa Margarita, 49.14% 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 Rancho Santa Margarita in 2010 was $44,868, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,472 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 18.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Santa Margarita include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

Rancho Santa Margarita also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.82%.

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