The Laguna Hills area first started out in the 1960's as a bedroom community for the local rich and professionals. Land grants were broken up into master planned communities, and was under the control of the County of Orange. In 1991, residents incorporated the town into a legal city, and took over planning. This modern city has buried utility lines, with residential streets buffered from arterial traffic. Laguna Hills boasts of a 18 regional parks and a major Shopping Mall.
According to the recent census, the city has over 33,000 residents, with 30% of the population under the age of 21, and a median age of 38. The city is serviced by the Saddleback Unified School district. In the California state rankings, elementary schools in Laguna Hills score generally in the 70th to 90th percentile, and Laguna Hills High School scores in the 90's. Several schools have won state and national awards for academic excellence. The city recently built a community center and sports park near the high school.
City of Laguna Hills Demographics according to the US Census of 2000
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