Descanso, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Descanso, California - Basic Facts

The Descanso Census Designated Place had a population of 1,636 as of July 1, 2018. Descanso ranks in the lower 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 Descanso is located at latitude 32.8528 and longitude -116.6159 in San Diego County. 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. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 3,392 feet.

The Descanso Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2582992) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Descanso Census Designated Place is located within Laguna-Pine Valley CCD of San Diego County.

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


Total Population 1,636
Population in Households 1,612
Population in Familes 1,280
Population in Group Qrtrs 24
Population Density2 85
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $61,766
Average Household Income $83,385
Per Capita Income $33,380


Total Housing Units 754 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 501 (66.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 172 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 80 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $374,353
Average Home Value $548,708


Total Households 674
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 447
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.71% 1.46%
Households 1.73% 1.44%
Families 1.45% 1.48%
Median Household Income   4.62%
Per Capita Income   4.03%

Descanso, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Descanso 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 # 929 39th
Population Density # 1311 14th
Diversity Index # 839 44th
Median Household Income # 674 56th
Per Capita Income # 638 58th

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