Rancho Santa Margarita, California
City
Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santa Margarita
Flag of Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Official seal of Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Location of Rancho Santa Margarita within Orange County, California.
Location of Rancho Santa Margarita within Orange County, California.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California is located in the US
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°38′29″N 117°35′40″WCoordinates33°38′29″N 117°35′40″W
Country United States
State California
CountyOrange
IncorporatedJanuary 1, 2000[1]
Government
 • MayorMichael Vaughn[2]
Area[3]
 • Total12.94 sq mi (33.51 km2)
 • Land12.89 sq mi (33.40 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)  0.27%
Elevation[4]925 ft (282 m)
Population (2010)[5]
 • Total47,853
 • Estimate (2016)[6]48,969
 • Density3,797.52/sq mi (1,466.18/km2)
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes92688, 92679
Area code949
FIPS code06-59587
GNIS feature IDs18670542411517
Websitecityofrsm.org