History of Mission Viejo

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.1 square miles (47 km2). 17.7 square miles (46 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (2.12%) is water.
A significant portion of the surface water is held in Lake Mission Viejo, an artificial lake stretching approximately one mile from Olympiad Road to Alicia Parkway along Marguerite Parkway.

The Saddleback Mountains and Lake Mission Viejo
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It is bordered by Lake Forest on the northwest, Trabuco Canyon on the northeast, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch on the east, San Juan Capistrano on the south, and Laguna Niguel and Laguna Hills on the west.  Some other fun facts are:

  • Mission Viejo is in Orange County, California, United States in the Saddleback Valley.
  • Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States.
  • Its population as of 2014 was estimated at 96,346.
  • Mission Viejo is suburban in nature and culture. The city is mainly residential, although there are a number of offices and businesses within its city limits.
  • The city is known for its picturesque tree-lined neighborhoods, receiving recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
  • The city’s name is a reference to Rancho Mission Viejo, a large Spanish land grant from which the community was founded in 1845(est).

As an alum of Mission Viejo High School, I can remember Mission Viejo in it’s infancy.  My family moved into the Deane Homes on Saddleback street in 1965.  So I have seen most of it’s growth first hand.  This is one reason why I started Shred Bull Shredding in the Saddleback Valley.  We also run the website MissionViejoShredding.com .

We hope you found this Mission Viejo fact page interesting.


John Chapman – Founder Shred Bull Shredding