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Dana Point, California - Basic Facts

The City of Dana Point had a population of 34,482 as of July 1, 2016. Dana Point ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dana Point is located at latitude 33.4633 and longitude -117.713 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dana Point (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.5 sq. miles and a water area of 22.98 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 144 feet.

The City of Dana Point (GNIS ID: 2410293) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Dana Point is located within South Coast CCD of Orange County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dana Point population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Dana Point, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 34,482
Population in Households 34,287
Population in Familes 25,782
Population in Group Qrtrs 195
Population Density1 5,306
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 14,482
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 8,908
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,242 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,329 (51.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,153 (37.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,760 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $806,452
Average Home Value $823,220


Median Household Income $89,996
Average Household Income $127,446
Per Capita Income $54,203
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.53% 0.78%
Households 0.33% 0.64%
Families 0.23% 0.66%
Median Household Income   2.94%
Per Capita Income   1.88%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Dana Point, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dana Point to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 241 84th
Population Density1 # 218 86th
Diversity Index2 # 978 36th
Median Household Income # 216 86th
Per Capita Income # 143 91st

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