The City of Laguna Woods occupies approximately three square miles of land that was once a part of South Orange County’s expansive Moulton Ranch. Prior to the 1960s, dry farming and cattle grazing dominated the area, with a few scattered ranch dwellings and barns.
On March 24, 1999, the City of Laguna Woods was incorporated as Orange County’s 32nd city. It is a general law city with a Council-Manager form of government and 10.25 full-time equivalent employees. In addition to being one of California’s safest and fiscally healthiest cities, the City of Laguna Woods is unique in that the average age of its 17,644 residents is greater than 75.