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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  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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Mission Viejo is a suburb of Irvine with a population of 96,124. Mission Viejo is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Mission Viejo offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Mission Viejo there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Mission Viejo and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Mission Viejo are highly rated.
About Mission Viejo...
Population
96,124

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$668,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,194
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Mission 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
    87.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    162.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    728.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    80.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Mission Viejo

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$114,688
National
$55,322
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Mission Viejo Reviews

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The scenery is beautiful! Schools are great! Safe and agin pretty, but the most unfriendly people I have ever met! They give dirty looks if u don’t look like them! I’m a New Yorker and usually I always hear how we have bad attitudes but I’m telling u mission Viejo and other areas around definitely win that title! Grown people even give small kids the stare down. I guess when u want to live in a nice area you have to deal with the not so bright side of it too. I’ve gotten a lot of racist remarks by the parents when they are talking in conversation with each other in public. Saying “ oh yeah it’s horrible now that u have all this Persians and other minorities coming here” and of course I am Persian so yes I take offense to that. Uggh I just wish people could be kind and not be so horrible to others just because they look different than them. One thing I noticed that the younger generation kids are actually far kinder than their parents (thank god)
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I love how Mission Viejo is an active, family-friendly city. There are so many activities at the Mission Viejo Lake from art galleries to movie nights. There are also lots of hiking trails and parks for fun outdoor activities. I appreciate how the homeowners are able to have their house to their own liking, unlike houses in Rancho and Foothill ranch, which seem to all look the same. Where I live in Mission Viejo, it is conveniently within walking distance of the high school, park, and shops. The Mission Viejo library is also a great feature with a large selection of materials. My only complaint about Mission Viejo is that some pets are not allowed, such as hens, goats, and micro pigs, and that the soil my house is on is very sandy and hard. Otherwise, I love living in Mission Viejo!
I've lived in Mission Viejo my whole life. The way I see it, people that live here are very family friendly. The community is usually busy especially at places like the city lake or even in local centers where people can hike on trails or ride their bikes. The city has changed over the years, mostly for the better the way I see it. New buildings and renovations have allowed Mission Viejo to stay up to date with the way society is changing; likewise, some areas could be a bit better. Some-places of Mission Viejo you can find your typical homeless-man but this occurs for certain reasons. Mission Viejo, being it up-to-date, is a very expensive place to live in Southern California. I would want to see some drop in rent and housing to make it more affordable to the people that cannot afford to live. Overall though, Mission Viejo, my home, is a very nice place to live if you have a good enough income and love a great community.