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San Diego, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California with a population of 1,370,646 as of July 1, 2016. San Diego 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 San Diego is located at latitude 32.8153 and longitude -117.135 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Diego (see map below) encompass a land area of 325.19 sq. miles and a water area of 47.2 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 62 feet.

The City of San Diego (GNIS ID: 2411782) 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 San Diego is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for San Diego: Davis' Folly, Graytown, New San Diego, San Miguel.

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San Diego, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,370,646
Population in Households 1,323,428
Population in Familes 984,696
Population in Group Qrtrs 47,218
Population Density1 4,215
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 501,979
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 296,106
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 538,262 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 233,884 (43.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 268,094 (49.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 36,283 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $512,313
Average Home Value $582,022


Median Household Income $65,283
Average Household Income $93,009
Per Capita Income $34,926
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.83% 1.03%
Households 0.62% 0.95%
Families 0.6% 0.93%
Median Household Income   2.91%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
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.

San Diego, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Diego 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 # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 288 81st
Diversity Index2 # 391 74th
Median Household Income # 511 66th
Per Capita Income # 447 71st

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