Rancho Santa Margarita

One of the great gifts of living in Rancho Santa Margarita is the spectacular views of Saddleback Mountain.

Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita

 
Located just east of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita is one of the area's newest planned communities. It is also bordered by Coto de Caza, Trabuco Canyon (Robinson Ranch and Dove Canyon), unincorporated Las Flores, and the Cleveland National Forest. The 241 toll road runs through Rancho Santa Margarita, to provide easier access to Irvine, Tustin, and the 91 freeway. It is a little inland and the distance to Interstate 5 can add to one’s commute.
 
A population of just over 49,000 gives Rancho Santa Margarita a close-knit community feels. And nearly 50% of the land that comprises Rancho Santa Margarita has designated open space and parkland. Being in such proximity to Cleveland National Forest gives residents easy access to miles of scenic trails. One especially popular trail located within the city encircles Lago Santa Margarita. Boating and fishing are also permitted on the lake.
 
One of the great gifts of living in Rancho Santa Margarita is the spectacular views of Saddleback Mountain, which in the winter is occasionally dusted with snow.
 
Those who want to go for a swim can head over to the Beach Club Lagoon any of the other four pools managed by SAMLARC and available exclusively to Rancho Santa Margarita resident members and their guests.
 
In addition to managing the lake and pools of Rancho Santa Margarita, SAMLARC acts as a master neighborhood association that does everything from determining exterior paint color schemes for each neighborhood to maintaining the common-area landscape.
 
SAMLARC also organizes community functions throughout the year such as a Mother’s Day Tea Party, a spectacular 4th of July party, and an annual fishing derby.
 
Another particular source of community pride is the Tijeras Creek Golf Club which has the distinction of hosting several high-profile events including the SCGA Amateur Championship, the Big West Championships, and the California Amateur Qualifying event.
 
Neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita range from condo communities to guard-gated retreats tucked away in the surrounding foothills. And residents enjoy wide streets with less traffic than cities found closer to major freeways.
 
Rancho Santa Margarita is served by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Capo Unified School District.

Overview for Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

44,586 people live in Rancho Santa Margarita, where the median age is 37.6 and the average individual income is $49,064. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

44,586

Total Population

37.6 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$49,064

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Rancho Santa Margarita has 15,593 households, with an average household size of 2.86. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rancho Santa Margarita do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 44,586 people call Rancho Santa Margarita home. The population density is 4,095.64 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

44,586

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.6

Median Age

48.78 / 51.22%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

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  • High School Degree
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15,593

Total Households

2.86

Average Household Size

$49,064

Average individual Income

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Schools in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Rancho Santa Margarita. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 7th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Dba Mission Hills Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Of Ladera Ranch
PRIVATE
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
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