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Vista, California - Basic Facts

The City of Vista had a population of 98,155 as of July 1, 2016. Vista ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Vista is located at latitude 33.1895 and longitude -117.2386 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Vista (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 325 feet.

The City of Vista (GNIS ID: 2412161) 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 Vista is located within Oceanside-Escondido CCD of San Diego County.

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


Total Population 98,155
Population in Households 95,884
Population in Familes 78,400
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,271
Population Density1 5,255
Diversity Index2 81


Total Households 30,182
Average Household Size 3.18
Family Households 21,782
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 32,075 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,265 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,917 (46.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,893 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $405,179
Average Home Value $433,346


Median Household Income $53,562
Average Household Income $71,828
Per Capita Income $22,865
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.72% 0.97%
Households 0.47% 0.89%
Families 0.5% 0.89%
Median Household Income   1.35%
Per Capita Income   1.4%
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.

Vista, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Vista 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 # 75 95th
Population Density1 # 221 85th
Diversity Index2 # 341 78th
Median Household Income # 803 47th
Per Capita Income # 999 34th

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