🇺🇸 Laguna Niguel is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Laguna Niguel is located in the San Joaquin Hills in the south-eastern corner of Orange County, close to the Pacific Ocean, and borders the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and San Juan Capistrano. The first recorded inhabitants of the Laguna Niguel area were the Acjachemem Native Americans, who may have had a village called "Niguili" near the confluence of Aliso Creek and Sulphur Creek. Aliso Creek marked the boundary between the Acjachemem and Tongva people.
Laguna Niguel has its origins in the Rancho Niguel Mexican land grant, which was acquired in 1959 by the Laguna Niguel Corporation to develop one of California's first master-planned communities. As a predominantly residential city, Laguna Niguel serves as a bedroom community for the job centres of northern and central Orange County. Laguna Niguel is known for its mild coastal climate, low crime rate, and its numerous parks and public trails.
As a bedroom community, most residents commute outside of Laguna Niguel to central and north Orange County cities, such as Irvine and Newport Beach. Most jobs within Laguna Niguel are in the service industry. Among the top employers in the city include: United States Government, Costco, Capistrano Unified School District, Lifetime Fitness, YMCA, Wal-Mart,Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Albertsons, Inc.
Laguna Niguel is served by Interstate 5 on the north-eastern border, and the State Route 73 toll road which runs along the northern border. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is located just outside the southern boundary of the city. Within the city, neighbourhoods are connected by a network of four- to six-lane arterial roadways with timed intersections. The main thoroughfare is Crown Valley Parkway, which bisects Laguna Niguel roughly from south-west to north-east, linking the PCH in Dana Point to I-5 in Mission Viejo. The other main roads are Alicia Parkway, Niguel Road, La Paz Road, and Moulton Parkway/Golden Lantern (north-south), and Aliso Creek Road, Marina Hills Drive and Camino del Avion (east-west). Due to the hilly local geography, Laguna Niguel's streets are not arranged in a grid pattern.
The Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station near I-5 is served by the Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line of Metrolink commuter rail, providing service to points in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner serves the nearby Irvine and San Juan Capistrano stations.
Laguna Niguel has a population of over 62,979 people. Laguna Niguel also forms one of the centres of the wider Orange County which has a population of over 3,010,232 people. Laguna Niguel is ranked #587 for startups with a score of 0.286.