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About San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano is a city in Orange County, California, located along the Orange Coast. The population was 34,593 at the 2010 census.
San Juan Capistrano was founded by the Spanish in 1776, when St. Junípero Serra established Mission San Juan Capistrano. Extensive damage caused by the 1812 Capistrano earthquake caused the community to decline. Following the Mexican secularization act of 1833, the mission village officially became a town and was briefly renamed as San Juan de Argüello. Following the American Conquest of California, San Juan remained a small, rural town until the 20th century; the restoration of the mission in the 1910-20s transformed the town into a tourist destination and a backdrop for Hollywood films.
The region was populated by the Acjachemen, also known as the Juaneños, an Indigenous Californian nation. They had resided in the area for approximately 10,000 years.
San Juan Capistrano was established by the Spanish in 1776, when Saint Junípero Serra founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh of the Spanish missions in California.
San Juan Capistrano is located in south Orange County and is bisected by Interstate 5.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.3 square miles (37 km2). 14.1 square miles (37 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.26%) is water.
The 2020 United States Census reported a population of 35,253.
San Juan Capistrano is home to over 1,700 businesses. The city’s unemployment rate was at 3.7% as of December 2017.
San Juan Capistrano is also known for its cliff swallows. The protected birds return during migration, which originates in the town of Goya, Argentina, around St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) each year. The day is celebrated by the city’s annual Swallows’ Day Parade and other festive events.
The San Juan Capistrano station is served by Amtrak and Metrolink. The station is located one block away from the historic San Juan Capistrano Mission next to Los Rios Street in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Its proximity to the city’s tourist attractions makes it a popular stop during the summer months. Source: (Wikipedia)