Lemon Grove, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Lemon Grove, California - Basic Facts

The City of Lemon Grove had a population of 26,660 as of July 1, 2020. Lemon Grove 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 Lemon Grove is located at latitude 32.7425 and longitude -117.0314 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lemon Grove encompass a land area of 3.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 443 feet.

The City of Lemon Grove (GNIS ID: 2410818) 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 Lemon Grove is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lemon Grove: Lemongrove.


Lemon Grove, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 26,660 (100%)
Population in Households 26,365 (98.9%)
Population in Families 21,857 (82.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 295 ( 1.1%)
Population Density 6,874
Diversity Index2 87


Median Household Income $62,410
Average Household Income $75,125
% of Income for Mortgage4 29%
Per Capita Income $24,707
Wealth Index5 62


Total HU (Housing Units) 9,170 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,879 (53.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,965 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 326 ( 3.6%)
Median Home Value $435,575
Average Home Value $467,813
Housing Affordability Index3 86


Total Households 8,844
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 6,219
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.5% 0.41%
Households 0.46% 0.36%
Families 0.54% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.12%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
Owner Occupied HU   0.45%


Lemon Grove, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lemon Grove to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 285 81st
Population Density # 141 91st
Median Household Income # 803 47th
Housing Affordability Index # 647 43rd
Per Capita Income # 1093 28th
Diversity Index # 111 93rd

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