An affluent city in Orange County, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, is a young city that was a master planned community placed upon rolling hills. There is about an even number residential single family homes and condominiums, with some townhouses in this 13-square mil city. This family-oriented community offers natural beauty, open spaces, and scenic resources.
For recreation, there are parks and community centers which keep the quality of life high. The O’Neill Regional Park offers a campground and picnic spots that have tables, barbecues, a large turf area, horseshoe pits, and a playground. There is also a place for RV camping as well as an equestrian campground, an arena, and 18 miles of riding trails. The Lago Santa Margarita Club is a beach club that has parks, trails, and a lakeside beach. Grilling and picnicking, as well as boating, swimming, and volleyball are offered to local residents. A dog and skate park is free and provides dogs and their human parents to socialize, as well as skateboard enthusiasts a place to practice. Lago Santa Margarita is a shallow lake that is the site of special events and year-round recreational activities.
Rancho Santa Margarita has abundant educational opportunities. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District and the Capistrano Unified School District serve this area, providing a total of six public elementary schools and a middle school. Four private elementary and one private high school are also available. Rancho Santa Margarita is within driving distance of many colleges, universities, and technical schools, including schools in the UC and CSU systems, Chapman University, and Devry University. The largest employers are Applied Medical and Cox Communications. Most residents are employed in sales, office, or administration support, followed by management, business, and finance. Rancho Santa Margarita has a Mediterranean climate and gets about 13 inches of rain per year, with no snowfall. The city gets about 279 sunny days in the year, with the July high temperature at 84 degrees and the average January low temperature at 41 degrees.