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A+ Mission Viejo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mission Viejo Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than California
Mission Viejo
16666% more expensive than the US average
13838% 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 63% lower than California
Total crime
1,10460% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9160% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
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
B- 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
53%8% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:147% higher than the US average
Mission Viejo K-12 schools or Mission Viejo colleges

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.

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Compare Mission Viejo, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mission Viejo, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Park, Irvine864.8185
Turtle Rock, Irvine819.210,223
Oak Creek, Irvine818.211,939
Woodbridge, Irvine809.625,315
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Northwood Point, Irvine809.54,857
University Park, Irvine809.78,436
West Park, Irvine8010.723,037
Walnut Village, Irvine7910.49,197

Best Cities Near Mission Viejo, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA8444.113,324
South Pasadena, CA8344.925,936
Newport Beach, CA8315.786,813
Laguna Woods, CA834.316,347
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Irvine, CA828.1246,992
Aliso Viejo, CA824.750,219
Ladera Ranch, CA824.227,121
San Pasqual, CA8244.72,017

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Well Kept Secret City

We moved here in 2014, wish we had made the decision much sooner! It is funny that people here are hush hush about the city to avoid being over crowded with new comers. No idea why the amenities is rated C for the city that is well diversified.
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Mission Viejo, CA - One Of The Safest Cities In California

In the southern part of Orange County, Mission Viejo boasts plenty of positive features to offer those planning to relocate or travel here. Modern beautiful homes make up most of this city's composition. Plenty of living amenities and parks are found throughout the city, as well. East of the famous Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo sits at the foot of mountains, offering a beautiful view. The climate is moderate, averaging no lower than 45 degrees and no higher than 85 degrees, making it an attractive place to live. Real estate prices are still fairly high, but worth the money spent for those who can afford the amounts. Another refreshing fact about this scenic city is that it was rated the safest city in the USA in 2007.

With the city's main focus as residential development, visitors may be disappointed with Mission Viejo. I have traveled through there several times and found very little for attractions. Dining venues are plentiful, several bars are scattered through the area, but shopping is minimal, mostly consisting of grocery stores. The Shops at Mission Viejo is a great area for major department and chain stores, but no unique stores are found there.
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Source: The Mission Viejo, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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