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The population of Rancho Santa Margarita is approximately 47,214 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 16,515 (2000).

The amount of land area in Rancho Santa Margarita is 10.804 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Rancho Santa Margarita is 13.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.03 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rancho Santa Margarita to Washington DC is 2395 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 403 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rancho Santa Margarita is positioned 33.64 degrees north of the equator and 117.60 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Rancho Santa Margarita location: in south Orange County in southern California.

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Rancho Santa Margarita history:

This area was purchased in 1843 by Juan Forster who renamed it "La Victoria." After his death, the land was sold to James C. Flood and Richard O'Neill, Sr. Most of the holdings wound up in the hands of O'Neill's son, Jerome, who helped the ranch to grow to 230,000 acres. His holdings were incorporated during this time. He died in 1926. His heirs again incorporated several areas, including what would become Mission Viejo.

The residents established the Community Civic Association (CCA) in 1989 to provide a voice for the people here. Later, the named was changed to the Rancho Margarita Civic Association. This organization looked into the community becoming a city, but nothing much was done until 1995 when the Rancho Santa Margarita Cityhood Committee, another organization, began the process to convert the town into a city. The people of the area desired to "have it all." They hoped to have a real "Urban Village," with all the advantages of a small city plus the quality of life in a small village. Eventually, Rancho Santa Margarita was officially incorporated on 1 January 2000. It was the 33rd city in Orange County.
The founding of Rancho Santa Margarita: 1985
The incorporation date of Rancho Santa Margarita: 2000

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