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Descanso, California - Basic Facts

The Descanso Census Designated Place had a population of 1,640 as of July 1, 2017. 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 32.8696 and longitude -116.6281 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Descanso population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Descanso, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,640
Daytime Population: Workers 204
Daytime Population: Residents 1,017
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,221
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.74
Population in Households 1,615
Population in Familes 1,269
Population in Group Qrtrs 25
Population Density2 85
Diversity Index3 59


Median Household Income $55,753
Average Household Income $76,289
Per Capita Income $30,520


Total Housing Units 794 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 500 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 174 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 120 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $354,208
Average Home Value $428,707


Total Households 674
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 446
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 1.98% 1.66%
Households 1.97% 1.58%
Families 1.62% 1.65%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.79%

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, 2017 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 # 927 39th
Population Density # 1303 14th
Diversity Index # 840 45th
Median Household Income # 769 49th
Per Capita Income # 687 55th

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