Located in the southern portion of the renowned Orange County, the city of San Juan Capistrano, California, is about 25 miles southeast of Santa Ana. It is home to a population of around 35,000, as of figures from the 2000 census, encompassing a land area of just over 14 square miles. The residents of the city have a median household income of just over $62,000.
The city was created when Mission San Juan Capistrano, a Catholic mission, was established, and for this reason, much of its architecture reflects that of the Spanish style. The city is an old ones, home to the oldest building still in use in the state, and is one of its oldest residential neighborhoods in Los Rios.
San Juan Capistrano is best know for as the site of the annual migration of cliff swallows, who fly each year from here to Argentina and back. When the birds return in the spring, the city celebrates with an annual Swallows' Day Parade and Mercado. Other annual events here include the Taste of San Juan, the Kids Pet Parade, the Presidente Ball, the Fiesta Grande and the Hoos'Gow Day.
Children in the city attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District, including a brand new high school just opened in 2008, San Juan Hills High School. There are also several private schools: Capistrano Valley Christian Schools, Saddleback Valley Christian School, St. Margaret's Episcopal School and Junipero Serra Catholic High School. Two private intermediate schools also include Mission Parish School and Rancho Capistrano Christian School.
Attractions within the city include the Los Rios Historic District, the O'Neill Museum, which operates out of one of the town's first homes, The Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum, San Juan Hills Country Club and Public Driving Range, Zoomars Petting Zoo and Bird Park. The San Juan Capistrano Library offers an array of services and a wide selection of media. The Camino Real Playhouse puts on performances throughout the year, including a Shakespeare series in the summer.
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