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MedPro’s Featured Destination: San Juan Capistrano, California (Orange County)

MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California.

 

Orange County

San Juan Capistrano is situated in the heart of Orange County, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. The Spanish originally founded this quintessential Southern California town in 1776. The city is home to Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano and is a popular tourist destination.

Orange County is known for its tourism, theme parks, beaches, high-tech industries, fashion, outdoor sports, and mild weather. More than 34 cities make up the county, the 6th most populated in the U.S.

 

Economy
International Explorer Charmine Olesco in downtown San Juan Capistrano

Healthcare and social assistance is the largest industry in Orange County, employing nearly 200,000 people among 17,500 establishments. Healthcare and social assistance increased by more than 100 percent in the past 20 years and is expected to grow an additional 20 percent in the next decade. The advanced transportation and renewable energy sector employ more than 60,000 people as California looks to create 1 million jobs through clean energy technologies. Life sciences and biotechnology and information technology and digital media are also major employers in Orange County.

 

Local Medical Facilities

Orange County is home to three of the top 15 hospitals in California. U.S. News & World Report ranked Providence Mission Hospital-Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach as the 15th best hospital in California and nationally in two adult specialties. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in nearby Newport Beach ranked 9th in the state and nationally in 3 specialties. UCI Medical Center ranked 13th statewide and nationally in three adult specialties.

 

Quality of Life
  • Cost of Living:  28.3 percent above the national rate
  • Population:  34,955 based on the 2020 Census
  • Median Home Price: $760,400
  • Median Gross Rent: $2,136
  • Median Household Income: $103,922
  • Per Capita Income: $50,526
  • Live below the poverty line: 7.8 percent
  • Median Age: 42.3
  • Average commute time: 25.2 minutes

 

Education

The Capistrano Unified School District ranks 7th in Niche’s Best School Districts in Orange County. There are 37 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, and 9 high schools in the district.

  • Overall grade: A+ (Niche.com)
  • Student-Teacher ratio: 25-1
  • Serving: K through High school

There are more than 25 colleges and universities in Orange County, including the University of California, Irvine and California State Fullerton. Regional institutions of higher learning include UCLA, USC, UCSD, and San Diego State.

 

Transportation

Southern California was built to be traveled by car, but Orange County does have a public bus system and metro rail.

 

Top Attractions:

LA is a one-hour drive north, and San Diego is one-hour south, but you don’t need to travel far for fun activities in and around San Juan Capistrano.

 

MedPro International Explorer Brian Nicole Tuñgol enjoys the view from Dana Point.

Scenic Beaches Capistrano Beach Park, Dana Strands Beach, San Clemente; some of the best beaches in Orange County are a short drive from San Juan Capistrano.

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park Enjoy camping, nature walks, hiking, equestrian trails, bird watching, biking, and more at this 8,000-acre protected wilderness preserve.

South Coast Plaza The largest shopping center on the West Coast of the United States has 250 boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Disneyland The “Happiest Place on Earth” is just a 30-minute drive away in Anaheim. Visitors can enjoy rides, shows, dining, shopping, and more at the theme park based on Disney movies and characters.

Whale Watching See the annual migration of gray whales from December through April and blue whales from May through October. Guided cruises leave Newport Harbor and Dana Point, the world’s dolphin and whale-watching capital.

Mission San Juan Capistrano More than 300,000 people visit and tour the grounds of the “Jewel of the California Missions” each year. This historic landmark and museum is considered the birthplace of Orange county.

Santa Catalina Island Take the ferry from Dana Point to Santa Catalina Island, known for its wildlife, dive sites, casino, and other activities.

 

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