Mission Viejo is located in southern Orange County in the Saddleback Valley. It was named the safest city in the United States in a 2007 Morgan Quitno crime statistic survey.
The city is mainly residential, although there are a number of offices and businesses within its city limits. The city is planned and features a very large number of single-family homes, some condominiums, a two-year community college and a regional mall.
Recreational activities abound; the city has numerous recreational areas such as the newly remodeled Norman P. Murry Community and Senior Center there are about two parks per square mile. The city has three golf courses, The Mission Viejo Country Club, Casta del Sol Golf Course, and the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. At the center of the city is a man-made lake, Lake Mission Viejo, a private association for Mission Viejo residents with custom waterfront homes, condominiums, boat rentals,and swim beaches.
Mission Viejo has a major youth athletic facility called The Mission Viejo Youth Athletic Park. The park consists of eight baseball fields and five soccer fields. The Mission Viejo Nadadores Swimming and Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving Team won a string of national championships and produced a number of Olympians and world record holders in the 1970s and 1980s. The city also hosted the Road Cycling Events during the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. The old O’Neill Road was renamed Olympiad Rd. in honor of the Olympic events in 1984. There is also a soccer facility, now used by the town’s youth soccer program, that was used as a training field by the United States men’s national soccer team before and during the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States.