Mission Viejo 81 Exceptional
Mission Viejo Livability #69 ranked city in California#2,584 ranked city in the USARanks better than 91% of areas
A+ Mission Viejo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mission Viejo Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% higher than California
Mission Viejo
16565% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mission Viejo cost of living
A+ Mission Viejo Crime Total crime is 62% lower than California
Total crime
97858% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 10358% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is up
Mission Viejo crime
B+ Mission Viejo Employment Household income is 64% higher than California
Median household income
$104,88690% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,68450% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Mission Viejo employment
D Mission Viejo Housing Home value is 49% higher than California
Median home value
$608,100229% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,997110% higher than the US average
Home ownership
77%21% higher than the US average
Mission Viejo real estate or Mission Viejo rentals
A- Mission Viejo Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than California
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:147% higher than the US average
Mission Viejo K-12 schools
A+ Mission Viejo User Ratings There are a total of 24 ratings in Mission Viejo
Overall user rating
90% 24 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
90% 22 total surveys
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      Living in Mission Viejo, CA

      Located in the state of California, Mission Viejo is a moderately-sized city with a population of 96,178 inhabitants. Mission Viejo has a population density of 5,434 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 80%, the majority of the Mission Viejo population is White; this is followed by 10% Asian and 2% Black. Mission Viejo has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 84% of the population is classified as married and 62% have kids.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in Mission Viejo is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Mission Viejo and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Mission Viejo, CA receives 78/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #117 in California and #2,802 in the USA. Based on this score, Mission Viejo would be considered a very livable city! Mission Viejo also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! For each of the livability categories, we see that Mission Viejo ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (A+), education (B-) and employment (B+). Unfortunately for Mission Viejo, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F) and housing (D).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Mission Viejo on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Edwards Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Mission Viejo Mall.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Mission Viejo gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 104 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Mission Viejo real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Mission Viejo. The median home price for Mission Viejo homes is $608,100, which is 48.6% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Mission Viejo, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.8, which is 9.4% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Mission Viejo area were 4.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Mission Viejo transportation information

      StatisticMission ViejoCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute28min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.3%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.1%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.6%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home7.8%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Mission Viejo, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).