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Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Aliso Viejo offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Aliso Viejo there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Aliso Viejo and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Aliso Viejo are highly rated.

Aliso Viejo Orange County California

Aliso Viejo Real Estate Market
Median Home Value $610,600
National Average $184,700
Median Rent $2,180
National Average $949
Rent vs. Own
Rent 39%
Own 61%

City Hall

The City of Aliso Viejo is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall is closed alternative Fridays. The City is located at 12 Journey, Suite 100, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. For more information, call 949-425-2500.

General Information

With award-winning schools, attractive neighborhoods, and fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment, Aliso Viejo is certainly a popular place to live. The City, which is continually ranked one of the safest cities in the nation, boasts rolling hillside, valley terrain and picturesque views of mountains, streams, parks and city lights.

This South County city became Orange County’s 34th city when it incorporated on July 1, 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.

Planned Community

The City of Aliso Viejo is a master planned community that was developed to contain a balance between residential neighborhoods, community parks, facilities and schools as well as an appropriate mix of business, office and retail uses. The City is home to the headquarters of several large corporations and the community features ample employment opportunities and extensive recreational facilities. 

Parks & Trails

The City also enjoys access to the Orange County trail system. Wood Canyon Wilderness Park is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, along with mature oaks, sycamore and elderberry trees and year-round streams. An abundance of parks and trails, cultural and recreational activities and youth sports programs further enhance the quality of life for a community with a vision to ensure long-term viability.

The City continues to be ranked among the best places in the nation to live and raise a family and the community mirrors Aliso Viejo’s tagline: “Live Life Inspired.”


As a general law city, the City of Aliso Viejo develops policies and procedures in accordance with California State law. Aliso Viejo contracts for many of its services including:

  • Building and Safety
  • Code Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Fire
  • Legal
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Street Maintenance
  • Street Sweeping

Additional City-contracted services include animal care, and trash pick up. Library services are provided by the Orange County Library System. Landscape maintenance of most slopes, medians, and parks are administered by Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA), with the exception of Iglesia Park, which the City owns. The City and AVCA share in the responsibility of providing an array of outstanding recreational programs, special events and activities to the community.

  1. The city’s name derives from Spanish and means “old alder” or “old sycamore.”
  2. Aliso Viejo is Orange County’s 34th It is the only city in Orange County to incorporate since 2000.
  3. The total population, as of this year, is 50,756.
  4. The city’s slogan, “Aliso Viejo – Experience It All” was created by a resident of Aliso Viejo.
  5. In 2007, the city was declared a “walkable community” by the City Council. This was done in an effort to increase awareness, community and business participation, and foster healthy families and community activities.
  6. There are 21 parks within the 6 square miles that make up Aliso Viejo.
  7. Every single resident in Aliso Viejo lives within three miles of the Town Center.
  8. Over 53% of Aliso Viejo residents have attained a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  9. The city is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
  10. In 2009, Aliso Viejo was named as one of the Top 25 Towns To Live Well by Forbes.
  11. The fossils of an 11 million year old Paleoparadoxiid, a creature resembling a hippopotamus, were discovered in Aliso Viejo.
  12. The city’s top employer is the United States Parcel Service, with approximately 1,000 employees.

Top employers

According to the City’s 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[24] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of employees
1United Parcel Service1,000
2Pacific Life811
3Capistrano Unified School District679
5Quest Software600
7Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo259
8Pepsi Beverages Company215
9Smith Micro Software200
10Merit Property Management199
14Bausch & Lomb160
15Ambry Genetics777
16The Covington153
17LenSx Laser150