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Laguna Woods, California - Basic Facts

The City of Laguna Woods had a population of 17,390 as of July 1, 2020. Laguna Woods ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Laguna Woods is located at latitude 33.6103 and longitude -117.7253 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the City of Laguna Woods encompass a land area of 3.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 381 feet.

The City of Laguna Woods (GNIS ID: 2411598) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Laguna Woods is located within South Coast CCD of Orange County.


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Laguna Woods, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 17,390 (100%)
Population in Households 17,299 (99.5%)
Population in Families 8,999 (51.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 91 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 5,199
Diversity Index2 40
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,927
Average Household Income $69,809
% of Income for Mortgage4 35%
Per Capita Income $45,881
Wealth Index5 123
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 13,319 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,849 (66.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,051 (22.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,419 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $370,560
Average Home Value $453,661
Housing Affordability Index3 70
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 11,900
Average Household Size 1.45
Family Households 4,304
Average Family Size 2
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.65% 0.64%
Households 0.45% 0.52%
Families 0.99% 0.7%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   1.95%
Owner Occupied HU   0.64%

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Laguna Woods, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Laguna Woods to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 377 75th
Population Density # 230 85th
Median Household Income # 1249 18th
Housing Affordability Index # 400 26th
Per Capita Income # 359 76th
Diversity Index # 1224 19th

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