Mission Viejo /ˈmɪʃən viːˈeɪhoʊ/ is a city in Orange County, California, United States in theSaddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communitiesever built under a single project in the United States, and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in its size. Its population as of 2014 was estimated at 96,346.
Mission Viejo is suburban in nature and culture. The city is mainly residential, although there are a number of offices and businesses within its city limits. The city is known for its tree-lined neighborhoods, receiving recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city's name is a reference to Rancho Mission Viejo, a large Spanish land grant from which the community was founded.