Rancho Santa Margarita

Summary of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Ranch Santa Margarita City Hall

One of the most desirable places to live, in southern California, is the Rancho Santa Margarita, located in Orange County. This beautiful location, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, is a master planned community, with a population of 47,853. This is considered a 'safe' community with very little crime.

In 1864 Juan Forster purchased 230,000 acres of land in the area. When Forster died, his heirs split 13.0 square miles of the land into the communities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch, Rancho Cielo, Trabuco Highlands, and Walden.

In 1999 these communities were incorporated to form the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Now called neighborhoods, they are managed by homeowners associations. Thus the natural beauty of the area has been preserved and is reflected in the city's vision statement, "A Small City with the Soul of a Small Village".

People living in Rancho Santa Margarita homes enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with precipitation occurring predominantly during the winter months. Summers are from warm to hot and the winters cool. Temperatures range from 56 degrees Fahrenheit, in January, to 73 degrees Fahrenheit, in August.

Residents especially enjoy outdoor activities at the nearby O'Neill Regional and the Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Parks. These parks have expansive coast live oak and sycamore trees, as well as abundant wild life. In addition to hiking trails there are areas for camping and picnicking. There is also almost every type of sports activity available, as well as colorful community affairs.

For families, there are excellent education facilities available. These include private, as well as public, schools covering pre-school through high school. In addition there are colleges not far away. For shopping enthusiasts there are the Laguna Hills Mall, the Foothill Ranch Towne Center (containing well known anchor stores), and numerous boutiques.

The city itself has many employment opportunities, including such things as retail, customer service, sales and marketing, warehouse and production, and personal care and services, to name a few. In addition it is near other cities that offer jobs of every variety.

There are beautiful Rancho Santa Margarita homes for sale, or rent, with the majority featuring swimming pools. There are also condos, apartments, and other facilities. Prices vary according to the location, but now is the time to find real bargains at this most desirable city.

Rancho Santa Margarita Crime

Population Violent crime Murder and
non-negligent manslaughter
Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault
49,665 26 3 4 5 14
Property crime Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft Arson
364 83 272 9 3

Rancho Santa Margarita Climate

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Temps 68 68 69 72 73 75 79 80 80 77 72 67
Avg. Low Temps 44 45 47 50 54 58 61 60 59 54 48 43
Avg. Rain In. 2.85 3.42 1.96 0.88 0.25 0.11 0.06 0.03 0.25 0.65 1.09 2.38
Record High of 108 in 1963 
Record Low of 21 in 1949 

Rancho Santa Margarita Recreation

  • Bell Tower Comunity Center
  • Field Sports
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Lakes & Beach Club
  • Rec & Fitness Center
  • Parks
  • Skate Park
  • Soccer Fields
  • Tennis
  • YMCA

Rancho Santa Margarita Schools

  • Capistrano Unified School District
  • Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Rancho Santa Margarita Shopping

  • Laguna Hills Mall
  • Irvine Spectrum
  • Mission Viejo Mall

Rancho Santa Margarita Largest Employers

1Applied Medical1,174
2Cox Communications1,200
3O'Connell Landscape Maintenance980
4Saddleback Valley Unified School District606
5Lucas & Mercier Construction553
6Control Components Inc.370
8Car Sound Exhaust System207
9Capistrano Unified School District210
10Santa Margarita Catholic High School200

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