Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Profile: Facts & Data

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California - Basic Facts

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita had a population of 49,317 as of July 1, 2019. Rancho Santa Margarita ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rancho Santa Margarita is located at latitude 33.6409 and longitude -117.6031 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita encompass a land area of 12.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 932 feet.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita (GNIS ID: 2411517) 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 Rancho Santa Margarita is located within Mission Viejo CCD of Orange County.


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Housing Affordability Index is 87
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Wealth Index is 179
State of California Wealth Index is 123
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 49,317 (100%)
Population in Households 49,315 (100.0%)
Population in Families 43,234 (87.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2 ( 0.0%)
Population Density 3,825
Diversity Index2 63
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $113,367
Average Household Income $140,737
Per Capita Income $48,173
Wealth Index4 179

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 17,386 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,868 (68.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,054 (29.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 464 ( 2.7%)
Median Home Value $653,658
Housing Affordability Index3 87
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 16,922
Average Household Size 2.91
Family Households 12,854
Average Family Size 3
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 race 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 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

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.42% 0.44%
Households 0.25% 0.32%
Families 0.36% 0.35%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   2.29%

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rancho Santa Margarita to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 195 87th
Population Density # 335 78th
Diversity Index # 794 48th
Median Household Income # 153 90th
Per Capita Income # 305 80th

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