This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Rancho Santa Margarita has a low population density. Rancho Santa Margarita is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 9/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Rancho Santa Margarita has a population density of 4,191, with 51,423 current residents.
Out of the 51,423 current residents, 50% are male and 50% are female. 68% of the residents are married and 32% are single.
- 76% Sun
- 13% Rain
- 0% Snow
62°F average temperature
- 15 years Median home age
- $358,380 Median home price
- -8.41% Home appreciation rate
- 7.36% Annual property tax
As for living in Rancho Santa Margarita, the air quality is 4% and the weather, on average, is 76% sunny, 13% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 62°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Rancho Santa Margarita, you should know that 76.5% of homes are owned while 21.6% of homes are rented, and 1.9% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $358,380, the median age of homes is 15 years, the annual home appreciation is -8.41% and the annual property tax is 7.36%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)2
When looking at the community of Rancho Santa Margarita, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Rancho Santa Margarita’s crime rate is 2 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Rancho Santa Margarita is 33 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 47.63% Democratic, 50.19% Republican, and 2.17% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:23
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
95%High school diploma
10%Some college or associates degree
12%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Rancho Santa Margarita, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 6.20% of residents are unemployed in Rancho Santa Margarita (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Rancho Santa Margarita residents: 27% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 23.58% are in the arts and sciences field, 9.5% are in the customer service field, 31% are in the sales field, 0.17% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 4.7% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 4.2% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:23. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 95.09%, 9.86% of residents have an associate’s degree, 31.88% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 11.84% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Rancho Santa Margarita, you should be aware that the average commute time is 35 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita have a few different options. 83% of commuters use their own cars, 10% of commuters carpool, 1% of commuters use the transit system, and 4% of residents work from home.