Santee, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Santee, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santee had a population of 57,297 as of July 1, 2017. Santee ranks in the upper 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 Santee is located at latitude 32.855 and longitude -116.9861 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santee (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.23 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 351 feet.

The City of Santee (GNIS ID: 2411830) 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 Santee is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Santee 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 Santee: Cowles, Cowles Station, Cowlestown, Fanita.

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


Total Population 57,297
Daytime Population: Workers 21,823
Daytime Population: Residents 29,161
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 50,984
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 56,270
Population in Familes 47,266
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,027
Population Density2 3,530
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $73,655
Average Household Income $87,665
Per Capita Income $32,349


Total Housing Units 21,135 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,311 (67.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,351 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 473 ( 2.2%)
Median Home Value $383,696
Average Home Value $393,561


Total Households 20,662
Average Household Size 2.72
Family Households 15,041
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 0.97% 0.93%
Households 0.94% 0.91%
Families 0.92% 0.9%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   2.16%

Santee, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santee 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 # 165 89th
Population Density # 379 75th
Diversity Index # 919 39th
Median Household Income # 432 72nd
Per Capita Income # 614 60th

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