San Juan Capistrano, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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San Juan Capistrano, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Juan Capistrano had a population of 37,554 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for San Juan Capistrano is located at latitude 33.5006 and longitude -117.6544 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Juan Capistrano (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.23 sq. miles and a water area of 0.2 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 118 feet.

The City of San Juan Capistrano (GNIS ID: 2411793) 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 Juan Capistrano is located within South Coast CCD of Orange County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Juan Capistrano 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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San Juan Capistrano, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 37,554
Population in Households 37,447
Population in Familes 31,274
Population in Group Qrtrs 107
Population Density2 2,638
Diversity Index3 72


Median Household Income $89,241
Average Household Income $135,666
Per Capita Income $43,688


Total Housing Units 12,528 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,650 (69.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,494 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 384 ( 3.1%)
Median Home Value $800,433
Average Home Value $929,908


Total Households 12,144
Average Household Size 3.08
Family Households 8,914
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.96% 0.98%
Households 0.7% 0.79%
Families 0.81% 0.87%
Median Household Income   3.44%
Per Capita Income   3.12%

San Juan Capistrano, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Juan Capistrano 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 # 228 85th
Population Density # 523 66th
Diversity Index # 608 60th
Median Household Income # 295 81st
Per Capita Income # 342 78th

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