Retire in Mission Viejo

Best Retirement City - Mission Viejo

See why many believe that Mission Viejo is the best city to retire

If you want a safe place to retire in California, Mission Viejo may be the city for you. This affluent community is one of the safest in the U.S., and has a friendly community to match. This master-planned community is one of the largest in the country, and consists of about 99,000 residents located in southeast Orange County. Mission Viejo has a variety of activities to suit all interests, from golfing, to shopping and lakeside dining. The city features private boating areas, so privacy is never a concern. When choosing from one of the 20 gorgeous Mission Viejo, CA neighborhoods most suitable for retirement, the Santa Monica Parkway neighborhood is a popular choice, but is also a bit pricey. Click the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Mission Viejo!

City Highlights

  1. Year-round warm weather
  2. Low crime rates
  3. Healthy population
  4. Distance to airport

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Not tax friendly
  2. High cost of living

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 98,157

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Santa Ana, CA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

John Wayne Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

John Wayne Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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