Santee, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Santee, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santee had a population of 57,359 as of July 1, 2018. 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 32.8384 and longitude -116.9739 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santee 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Santee: Cowles, Cowles Station, Cowlestown, Fanita.

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


Total Population 57,359
Population in Households 56,335
Population in Familes 47,661
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,024
Population Density2 3,534
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $76,193
Average Household Income $90,605
Per Capita Income $33,532


Total Housing Units 21,196 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,423 (68.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,332 (29.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 440 ( 2.1%)
Median Home Value $401,833
Average Home Value $426,295


Total Households 20,756
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 15,118
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 0.87% 0.84%
Households 0.88% 0.83%
Families 0.87% 0.86%
Median Household Income   2.29%
Per Capita Income   2.97%

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, 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 # 164 89th
Population Density # 380 75th
Diversity Index # 914 40th
Median Household Income # 439 71st
Per Capita Income # 632 58th

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