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Dana Point, California - Basic Facts

The City of Dana Point had a population of 34,619 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Dana Point, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 34,619
Population in Households 34,423
Population in Familes 26,159
Population in Group Qrtrs 196
Population Density2 5,327
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $102,250
Average Household Income $143,962
Per Capita Income $61,088


Total Housing Units 16,161 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,184 (50.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,322 (39.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,655 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $922,398
Average Home Value $1,114,417


Total Households 14,506
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 8,950
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.45% 0.59%
Households 0.27% 0.51%
Families 0.23% 0.55%
Median Household Income   2.45%
Per Capita Income   3.08%

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, 2018 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 # 245 84th
Population Density # 219 86th
Diversity Index # 975 36th
Median Household Income # 207 86th
Per Capita Income # 148 90th

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