Aliso Viejo, California 92656
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Aliso Viejo is an affluent city in Orange County, California. It had a
population of 47,823 as of the 2010 census, up from 40,166 as
of the 2000 census. It became Orange County's 34th city on July 1, 2001,
the only city in Orange County to be incorporated since 2000. It is
bordered by the cities of Laguna Beach on the west and southwest, Laguna
Hills on the east, Laguna Niguel on the southeast, and Laguna Woods on
City of Aliso Viejo
Location of Aliso Viejo within Orange County, California.
Coordinates: 33°34′30″N 117°43′32″W
Country: United States / State: California / County: Orange
Total Area: 7.472 sq mi (19.352 km2)
Land = 7.472 sq mi (19.352 km2) / Water = 0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%
Population (2010) = Total 47,823/ Density = 6,400/sq mi (2,500/km2)
Time zone = PST (UTC-8)
ZIP codes = 92656, 92698 / Area code = 949
City Website = http://ci.aliso-viejo.ca.us/
History: Aliso Viejo had been an unincorporated community since around 1990,
and incorporated as a city in 2001 due to the efforts of the Aliso Viejo
Cityhood 2000 Committee, which was responsible for introducing an
initiative on the ballot for the 2001 special election. Voters passed
the initiative with 93.3% in favor of incorporation. Carmen Vali-Cave, the co-founder and president of the Committee, became the new city's first mayor.
The original city council consisted of Carmen Vali-Cave, Cynthia Pickett, Bill Phillips, Karl Warkomski, and Greg Ficke. The council selected Vali-Cave to serve as the city's first mayor, and Pickett as the city's first mayor pro tem.
Vali-Cave and Pickett served as the mayor and mayor pro tem from 2001
to 2002. In 2003, Pickett became mayor with Phillips as mayor pro tem.
In 2004, City Councilmen Karl Warkomski, Bill Phillips, and Greg
Ficke faced re-election. All three candidates were re-elected for four
more years on council. Other candidates included Todd Gillespie and Don
Garcia. In 2004, Phillips served as the city's mayor with Warkomski as
mayor pro tem. In 2005, Warkomski served as mayor with Carmen Vali-Cave
as mayor pro tem. In 2006, Vali-Cave served as mayor with Cynthia
Pickett-Adams as mayor pro tem. In November 2006, Carmen Vali-Cave and
Cynthia Pickett-Adams were re-elected to four-year terms.
In January 2007, Adams again assumed office as the city's mayor with
Vali-Cave, again, as the city's mayor pro tem. In February 2007,
Councilman Warkomski resigned from office unexpectedly and the council
appointed Don Garcia to his position. In March 2007, Phillip Tsunoda
was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Cynthia
Adams. Vali-Cave was made mayor and Bill Phillips mayor pro tem after
Adams' departure. In 2008, Bill Phillips assumed office as mayor with
Don Garcia serving as mayor pro tem. Don Garcia became the mayor in 2009
with Phillip Tsunoda as mayor pro tem.
Government: Aliso Viejo is a general law city with a council-manager system of government. Day-to-day operations are handled by a professional city manager overseen by a volunteer city council.
The City Council of Aliso Viejo consists of five members serving
staggered four-year terms. Each year, the Council votes for its next Mayor and Mayor pro tem.
The Seal of the City of Aliso Viejo was adopted in 2001 at
incorporation. The seal features several mountains, a boat, a tree, and
several buildings. Also, the seal features the slogan "Since 2001", in
celebration of the city's incorporation date.
Geography: Aliso Viejo is located at 33°34′30″N 117°43′32″W (33.575096, -117.725431) in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. According to the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), all of which is land. Aliso Viejo is one of several cities bordering Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. Aliso Creek forms part of the city's boundary with Laguna Niguel to the south, and Wood Canyon Creek forms part of the city's western boundary. Much of the city rests on the east slope of the San Joaquin Hills, which are a coastal mountain range extending for about 15 miles (24 km) along the Pacific coast.
Demographics: The 2010 United States Census reported that Aliso Viejo had a population of 47,823. The population density was 6,400.4 people per square mile (2,471.2/km²). The racial makeup of Aliso Viejo was 34,437 (72.0%) White (61.8% Non-Hispanic White), 967 (2.0%) African American, 151 (0.3%) Native American, 6,996 (14.6%) Asian, 89 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 2,446 (5.1%) from other races, and 2,737 (5.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8,164 persons (17.1%).
The Census reported that 47,354 people (99.0% of the population)
lived in households, 450 (0.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group
quarters, and 19 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 18,204 households, out of which 7,095 (39.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 9,358 (51.4%) were opposite-sex married couples
living together, 1,966 (10.8%) had a female householder with no husband
present, 791 (4.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There
were 987 (5.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 206 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships.
4,416 households (24.3%) were made up of individuals and 638 (3.5%) had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.60. There were 12,115 families (66.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.16.
The population was spread out with 12,395 people (25.9%) under the
age of 18, 3,739 people (7.8%) aged 18 to 24, 17,138 people (35.8%) aged
25 to 44, 12,003 people (25.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,548 people (5.3%)
who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For
every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18
and over, there were 89.2 males.
There were 18,867 housing units at an average density of 2,525.1 per
square mile (974.9/km²), of which 11,049 (60.7%) were owner-occupied,
and 7,155 (39.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate
was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.6%. 29,819 people (62.4% of the
population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 17,535 people
(36.7%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 40,166 people, 16,147 households, and 10,689
families residing in what was, at the time, a Census Designated Place
(CDP). The population density
was 3,927.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,516.0/km²). There were
16,608 housing units at an average density of 1,624.0 per square mile
(626.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.16% White, 10.99% Asian, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 3.51% from other races, and 4.66% from two or more races. 11.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,147 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples
living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 33.8% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made
up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family
size was 3.01.
The population was distributed with 26.1% under the age of 18, 5.5%
from 18 to 24, 48.8% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who
were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every
100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and
over, there were 91.4 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in
the CDP was $92,280, and the median income for a family was $99,853. Males had a median income of $61,316 versus $44,190 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,244. About 2.3% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
Politics: In the state legislature Aliso Viejo is located in the 33rd Senate District, represented by Republican Dick Ackerman, and in the 70th and 73rd Assembly Districts, represented by Republicans Don Wagner and Diane Harkey respectively. Federally, Aliso Viejo is located in California's 48th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +8 and is represented by Republican John Campbell.
Points of interest:
- Renaissance ClubSport is a $65 million property which opened in July 2008. It is Marriott's
second hotel and fitness resort created in conjunction with Leisure
Sports, Inc. (ClubSport) to fulfill the growing demand by local
residents and hotel guests for a healthier lifestyle.
- The Aliso Viejo Town Center is the main gathering place for both the
young and old residents. It features a movie theater, a wide variety of
casual dining restaurants, PetSmart, a Barnes & Noble, Ralphs as well as other shops.
- The Orange County Gladiators are an American Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team starting in November 2007. They will play their home games at Aliso Niguel High School.
- Kyla Ross a member of the women's artistic gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London, currently resides in this city.
- Ashley Wagner,
the 2012 and 2013 US national champion in ladies' figure skating, as
well as Four Continents champion and 4th place finisher at the 2012
World figure skating championships, currently resides in this city
Education: The city is served by Capistrano Unified School District, which includes these schools:
- Canyon Vista Elementary School
- Don Juan Avila Elementary School
- Oak Grove Elementary School
- Wood Canyon Elementary School
- Aliso Viejo Middle School
- Don Juan Avila Middle School
Aliso Viejo also has private schools, including VanDamme Academy, St.
Mary and All Angels School, Aliso Viejo Christian School, and a
university, Soka University of America.