Laguna Woods is a city in Orange County, California, United States. The population was 16,507 at the 2000 census with a median age of 78. About 90% of the City consists of Laguna Woods Village, a retirement community, formerly known as Leisure World. Incorporation efforts in the late 1990s were largely driven by the need for residents to have a stronger voice against the prospective construction of an international airport at the nearby decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The airport proposal was ultimately defeated and the land in question has been tabbed for development as the Orange County Great Park.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 km² (3.2 mi²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,507 people, 11,699 households, and 3,989 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,991.7/km² (5,158.4/mi²). There were 12,650 housing units at an average density of 1,526.3/km² (3,953.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.12% White, 0.25% Black, 0.12% American Indian, 2.50% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.06% of the population.
There were 11,699 households out of which 0.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.7% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 65.9% were non-families. 62.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 57.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.40 and the average family size was 2.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 0.6% under the age of 18, 0.2% from 18 to 24, 2.2% from 25 to 44, 10.6% from 45 to 64, and 86.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 78 years. For every 100 females there were 51.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 51.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,493, and the median income for a family was $46,889. Males had a median income of $56,563 versus $35,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,071. About 2.6% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Fire protection in Laguna Woods is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Doctor's Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Security services provided by Laguna Woods Village Security.
In the state legislature Laguna Woods is located in the 33rd Senate District, represented by Republican Dick Ackerman, and in the 70th Assembly District, represented by Republican Chuck DeVore. Federally, Laguna Woods is located in California's 48th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +8 and is represented by Republican John Campbell.