In 1964, to better meet the needs of Orange County’s population expansion along the Ranch’s borders, the senior members of the Rancho Mission Viejo family joined with development partners to establish Mission Viejo Company and create the community of Mission Viejo. The family added schools, parks, community facilities and other necessary “quality of life” benefits to the then bold new plan for Mission Viejo – which continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s best places to live. The City incorporated in 1988 and became the 27th city in the County of Orange. Nearly 100,000 people live in Mission Viejo today.
- Named a “World Class Community” at the first International New Town Conference, 1986
- Awarded the prestigious “Award for Excellence in Design” honor by Urban Land Institute, 1992