A Great Community for Living & Working

Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita, California! Incorporated in 2000, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is home to over 17,000 households, and approximately 50,000 residents. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is a master planned community in South Orange County, many residents come to Rancho Santa Margarita for the quality of life, safe neighborhood, and community events, while others come for access to an abundance of trails and parks. Rancho Santa Margarita’s family-oriented community, in a natural setting, with beautiful vistas of the Cleveland National Forest and Irvine Ranch Open Space, make it a fantastic city to live, work, and play.


  • Business-friendly City
  • Well educated skilled population 
  • University and College facilities within 20 miles to partner for training, giving your business direct access to a top motivated labor force
  • Upscale housing
  • Available for commercial, retail, office, and business park
  • 12 beautifully maintained parks and miles of trails
  • Ranked number two in the list of the Top 50 Safest cities in California


Rancho Santa Margarita is a town with a strong trade area. In fact, according to Southern California Association of Governments in 2019, 61% of households within the city earn $100,000 or more annually, and more than 40% of households within the trade area earn $100,000 or more annually. Rancho Santa Margarita provides a safe, quiet suburban feel right in the middle of a large population center—over 450,000 people within a 10-mile radius of the Center of Rancho Santa Margarita. 


A well-educated community with 64.6% of the population with some college/associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree or higher. There are two school districts, and five private schools within the city. Saddleback College, and Louis Mount University is only seven miles away, Irvine Valley College is within 10 miles, and University of Irvine, Santiago Canyon College, California American University is within 15 miles. In addition, the nearest four-year universities include Concordia University Irvine, Chapman University, and California State University, Fullerton. 

Capistrano Unified School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District are within the top ten school districts in Orange County.


Due to a well-educated population, the Rancho Santa Margarita area offers ready access to a pool of skilled labor and 47.3% of the Rancho Santa Margarita population is between the ages of 15 and 49 and ready for employment close to home.


The City of Rancho Santa Margarita offers upscale housing providing residents with a high quality of life.

The City has over 12,969 single-family and 4,367 multi-family units approved for construction

The median price for a home is $597,500. 


In 2021, the current average household income was $121,017.

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