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  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Aliso Viejo is a suburb of Irvine with a population of 50,691. Aliso Viejo is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Aliso Viejo offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Aliso Viejo there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Aliso Viejo and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Aliso Viejo are highly rated.
About Aliso Viejo...
Population
50,691

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$582,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,092
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Aliso Viejo Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    42.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    19.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    126.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    666.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    59.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Aliso Viejo

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,353
National
$55,322
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My family (wife, 6/8yr old boys) were looking to escape the reclusive Chicago lifestyle and start fresh in SoCal. Knowing ONLY the names of all the suburbs that are most visible in entertainment media(Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, etc), we were pleasantly surprised to see that Aliso must have been spared the reality TV advertising because it was a hidden gem that seemed to have been overlooked (thankfully). We bought in Glenwood (surrounding the Aliso Country Club). Greeted with a block of outgoing neighbors with elem/middle sch children, the Country Club social membership (included with your assoc. dues) gives ample opportunity for transplants to assimilate into friends/other families. The pools are always jumping and the golf course is great for friends/family that come into town. the community always has pre-planned events for the Glenwood residents. Trail biking! People are just starting to discover this amazing suburb. Glad we already here :)
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Aliso Viejo is a healthy and family friendly community. According to Niche.com, it is placed #12 in best suburbs to raise a family in the Los Angeles area. Each school in Aliso Viejo is ranked 7 out of 10 or higher on GreatSchools ratings. The schools are also strategically located, so that every resident would have a commute of 10 minutes or less. I personally have attended 5 different schools in this city, and I have no complaints. The staff not only cares about their students, but prioritizes them both on and off their required hours. The curriculum provides a perfect balance of both challenge and encouragement. Aliso Viejo has a variety of options for meals, as there are plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops nearby. In addition, Town Center is an excellent choice for entertainment, as it contains a movie theater, fast food chains, retail stores, and a public park. Overall, Aliso Viejo is a wonderful town for safe, educated living.
A typical suburb in Orange County, the city is great for raising a family. The public school system is great although not perfect, providing students opportunities to join various sports and extracurricular activities as well as access to challenging AP courses. The area is generally upper middle class with a decent amount of diversity, although there is an extremely small black population in the area. The city is close to Irvine, which has many job opportunities and amenities, especially asian food.