Laguna Niguel, CA

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Laguna Niguel is a master planned community in Orange County, California. The name Laguna Niguel is derived from the words “Laguna” (Spanish for “lagoon”,) and “Nigueli” (the name of a Juaneño Indian village once located near Aliso Creek).

History of Laguna Niguel, CA

Laguna Niguel is located on the Rancho Niguel Mexican land grant of Juan Avila. He retained ownership until 1865, when a severe drought killed off most of his cattle. Lewis Moulton, owner of the Moulton Company, bought the area of modern-day Laguna Niguel in 1895, along with significant other portions of the surrounding area from farmers that were hard pressed to earn a living due to a local drought in the area.

In 1959, the Laguna Niguel Corporation, started by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes from Boston, made Laguna Niguel one of the first master planned communities in California. Victor Gruen and Associates, a Vienna architect, developed a community plan for 7,100 acres. The Avco Community Developer in 1969 continued the plan, which by then held 6,500 residents.

The construction of the San Diego, I-5, Freeway in 1959 allowed more people to arrive. The first communities developed in Laguna Niguel were right along the coast, touching the southern border of Laguna Beach. These communities were called Monarch Bay and the Monarch Bay Terrace built between 1960 and 1962.

On December 1, 1989, Laguna Niguel became an incorporated city in Orange County and became its 29th city.

Population of Laguna Niguel, CA

The population of Laguna Niguel was 61,891 in the 2010 census.

Top employers in Laguna Niguel, CA

  • Costco
  • Wal-Mart
  • Capistrano Unified School District
  • Albertsons
  • Costco
  • Wal-Mart
  • Capistrano Unified School District
  • Albertsons
  • Kohl’s
  • Pacific Line Clean Up

Laguna Niguel, CA Zip Codes: 92607, 92677

Laguna Niguel, CA

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