National City, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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National City, California - Basic Facts

The City of National City had a population of 62,243 as of July 1, 2017. National City 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 National City is located at latitude 32.6659 and longitude -117.0974 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of National City (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.28 sq. miles and a water area of 1.84 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of National City (GNIS ID: 2411216) 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 National City is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for National City: National Ranch, Rancho de la Nacion *.

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


Total Population 62,243
Daytime Population: Workers 28,048
Daytime Population: Residents 33,896
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 61,944
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 56,234
Population in Familes 48,785
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,009
Population Density2 8,551
Diversity Index3 89


Median Household Income $39,171
Average Household Income $54,190
Per Capita Income $16,692


Total Housing Units 17,809 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,324 (29.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,113 (62.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,371 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $358,045
Average Home Value $405,975


Total Households 16,438
Average Household Size 3.42
Family Households 12,818
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 0.84% 0.8%
Households 0.81% 0.84%
Families 0.78% 0.83%
Median Household Income   0.8%
Per Capita Income   1.97%

National City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares National City 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 # 151 90th
Population Density # 91 94th
Diversity Index # 50 97th
Median Household Income # 1237 18th
Per Capita Income # 1312 14th

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