Descanso, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Descanso, California - Basic Facts

The Descanso Census Designated Place had a population of 1,573 as of July 1, 2016. Descanso ranks in the lower 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 Descanso is located at latitude 32.8696 and longitude -116.6281 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the Descanso Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 3,392 feet.

The Descanso Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2582992) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Descanso Census Designated Place is located within Laguna-Pine Valley CCD of San Diego County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Descanso 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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Descanso, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,573
Population in Households 1,548
Population in Familes 1,218
Population in Group Qrtrs 25
Population Density1 82
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 638
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 424
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 759 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 472 (62.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 166 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 121 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $351,323
Average Home Value $422,775


Median Household Income $53,359
Average Household Income $70,823
Per Capita Income $28,086
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.62% 1.71%
Households 1.4% 1.58%
Families 1.06% 1.6%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   1.89%
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.

Descanso, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Descanso 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 # 934 38th
Population Density1 # 1311 14th
Diversity Index2 # 833 45th
Median Household Income # 810 47th
Per Capita Income # 744 51st

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