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Descanso, California - Basic Facts

The Descanso Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in San Diego County at latitude 32.8696 and longitude -116.6281. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 3,392 feet.

The formal official name is the Descanso Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Descanso, California.

The U5 Census Class Code for Descanso indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

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Descanso, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 1,517
Population in Households 1,494
Population in Familes 1,175
Population in Group Qrtrs 23
Population Density1 79
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 624
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 413
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 705 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 460 (65.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 163 (23.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 81 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $362,651
Average Home Value $442,228


Median Household Income $68,809
Average Household Income $77,456
Per Capita Income $30,764
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.52% 1.65%
Households 1.53% 1.67%
Families 0.93% 1.69%
Median Household Income   2.14%
Per Capita Income   1.34%
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 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 950 38th
Population Density1 # 1324 13th
Diversity Index2 # 832 46th
Median Household Income # 401 74th
Per Capita Income # 509 67th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.