One of the smaller cities of southern Orange County, Laguna Hills, California, is located in the southern part of the state in one of its most famous counties along the Pacific Ocean. The city is home to a population of around 32,000, as of 2007 estimates, and has an estimated median household income of $87,480, also as of 2007 estimates. Laguna Hills was incorporated as an official city in 1991. It's found an the place where the Interstate 5 freeway splits into the 405.
Attractions in Laguna Hills include shopping at the Laguna Hills Mall, in addition to half a dozen more shopping centers, and more than a dozen parks, including the two largest, Fossil Reef Park and Costeau Park. The city's department of cultural art offers an array of courses for residents to partake in, and local artists exhibit their work in the city's rotating gallery in the community center. A popular event in town is the Memorial Day Half Marathon.
The city is served by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which operates a number of elementary schools in Laguna Hills, two middle schools in nearby Mission Viejo and its own high school Laguna Hills High School, which is the smallest high school in the district with fewer than 1,700 students. The K-6 St Georges Episcopal Academy offers a private alternative to parents. Health care, education and professional, scientific and technical services are the industries in which the most residents here are employed, with medical centers in town like Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and the Western Institute Of Neuromuscular Therapy.
The city was built on one of the large Spanish land grants. Don Juan Avila acquired 13,000 acres, on which present-day Laguna Hills is located. This land was purchased from him in 1874 by Lewis Moulton, putting the land's total area up to 22,000 acres. Mr. Moulton used the land for sheep and cattle grazing, and eventually sold his land in different sects in the 1960s, when Laguna Hills was partitioned off.