Descanso, California

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Population in 2010: 1,423.
Males: 776  (54.6%)
Females: 647  (45.4%)
Median resident age:  52.5 years
California median age:  36.4 years

Zip codes: 91916.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $70,824
Descanso:

$70,824
CA:

$67,739

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $34,328

Descanso CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $527,600
Descanso:

$527,600
CA:

$477,500

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $369,905; Detached houses: $369,664; Mobile homes: $354,598

Median gross rent in 2016: $890.

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  • Races in Descanso, CA (2010)

    Descanso races chart
    • 1,19884.2%White alone
    • 15010.5%Hispanic
    • 251.8%American Indian alone
    • 171.2%Two or more races
    • 151.1%Asian alone
    • 80.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 50.4%Black alone
    • 50.4%Other race alone

Races in Descanso detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Descanso: 110.6 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (19.5%), Irish (10.6%), German (6.0%), English (4.6%), Norwegian (3.7%), Northern European (3.5%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 3396 feet

Descanso,CA real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Descanso:

  • High school or higher: 93.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.8%

For population 15 years and over in Descanso CDP:

  • Never married: 14.4%
  • Now married: 66.9%
  • Separated: 2.4%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

48 residents are foreign born (2.4% Latin America, 0.7% Oceania, 0.6% Europe).

This place:

3.7%
California:

27.0%



According to our research of California and other state lists there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Descanso, California as of May 23, 2019.
The ratio of number of residents in Descanso to the number of sex offenders is 437 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,314 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $3,213 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: El Cajon, CA (20.4 miles , pop. 94,869).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Diego, CA (31.3 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities: Pine Valley, CA (2.3 miles ), Alpine, CA (3.0 miles ), Mount Laguna, CA (3.4 miles) , Harbison Canyon, CA (3.6 miles ), San Diego Country Estates, CA (3.9 miles ), Crest, CA (3.9 miles ), Julian, CA (3.9 miles ), Lakeside, CA (4.1 miles ).

Latitude: 32.85 N, Longitude: 116.61 W

Descanso household income distribution Descanso home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.6%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (27%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Utilities (18%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (30%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (4%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Community and social service occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Descanso: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Earthquake activity:

Descanso-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below California state average. It is 635% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 92.2 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 59.0 miles away from Descanso center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 115.4 miles away from the city center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 51.0 miles away from the city center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 202.0 miles away from Descanso center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 56.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in San Diego County (35) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 21
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 19, Floods: 15, Storms: 9, Landslides: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 3, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Descanso:

  • Cuyamaca College (about 21 miles; El Cajon, CA; Full-time enrollment: 4,270)
  • Grossmont College (about 23 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 10,461)
  • Southwestern College (about 27 miles; Chula Vista, CA; FT enrollment: 10,761)
  • San Diego State University (about 28 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 27,516)
  • Alliant International University (about 29 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 3,155)
  • University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus (about 30 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 5,159)
  • San Diego Miramar College (about 30 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 5,128)

Public elementary/middle school in Descanso:

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Notable locations in Descanso: Stallion Oaks Campground (A), Descanso Campground (B), Descanso Fire Station (C), Descanso Branch San Diego County Library (D), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Station 45 Descanso (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Descanso Creek (A), Samagatuma Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

San Diego County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 101. This is worse than average.

City:

101
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.320. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.320
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 6.82. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.82
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.132. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 19.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.132
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 18.4. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 26.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 17.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.5
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.63. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.63
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2000 was 0.0213. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0213
U.S.:

0.0138
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 11.9%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 45.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 81.6% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  67.9%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  6.8%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
California average:

15.3

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Descanso CDP (based on San Diego County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic801,850115
Evangelical Protestant302,320974
Other161,530349
Mainline Protestant74,992211
Black Protestant10,85752
Orthodox7,82819
None1,735,936-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 574
San Diego County:

1.94 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 17
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 227
San Diego County:

0.77 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 487
San Diego County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2,238
Here:

7.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.5%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
San Diego County:

22.2%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.0%
State:

17.9%

5.38% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($45,585 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.38%
California average:

5.03%

0.28% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,965 average AGI)
San Diego County:

0.28%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.46% ($46,993 average AGI)
from Riverside County, CA  0.39% ($43,822)
from Orange County, CA  0.27% ($52,789)


5.24% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,699 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.24%
California average:

5.12%

0.24% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,376 average AGI)
San Diego County:

0.24%
California average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Riverside County, CA  0.48% ($46,491 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.43% ($42,108)
to Orange County, CA  0.28% ($53,100)

Strongest AM radio stations in Descanso:

  • KFMB (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCBQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KSDO (1130 AM; 10 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: HI-FAVOR BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KECR (910 AM; 5 kW; EL CAJON, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KPRZ (1210 AM; 20 kW; SAN MARCOS, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KOGO (600 AM; 5 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KURS (1040 AM; 5 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KPOP (1360 AM; 5 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTNQ (1020 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KTNQ-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Descanso:

  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KHTS-FM (93.3 FM; EL CAJON, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K210CL (89.9 FM; LEMON GROVE, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT)
  • KPBS-FM (89.5 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: THE BD. OF TRUSTEES, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KGB-FM (101.5 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KSON-FM (97.3 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KLQV (102.9 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KRTM (88.9 FM; TEMECULA, CA; Owner: PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KWVE (107.9 FM; SAN CLEMENTE, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA)
  • KLNV (106.5 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KLRD (90.1 FM; YUCAIPA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KFSD-FM (92.1 FM; ESCONDIDO, CA; Owner: NORTH COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIOZ (105.3 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPRI (102.1 FM; ENCINITAS, CA; Owner: COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.)
  • KBZT (94.9 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KIFM (98.1 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KYXY (96.5 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 30m98ftTotal length
  • $1,321,000Total costs
  • 17,657Total average daily traffic
  • 1,403Total average daily truck traffic
  • 31,228Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Descanso)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

32 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Descanso, CA)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

7
  • STATION, Viejas Camp 3 Mi S Of (Lat: 32.831417 Lon: -116.640556), Structure height: 7.6 m, Overall height: 7.9 m, Call Sign: WNTJ847
    Assigned Frequencies: 958.550 MHzGrant Date: 10/25/2011, Expiration Date: 12/03/2021, Cancellation Date: 02/14/2013Registrant: County Of San Diego, 5555 Overland Ave, Suite#5105, San Diego, CA 92123, Phone: (858) 694-3210, Email:
  • CUYAMACA PEAK, Cuyamaca Peak 10.5 Km N (Lat: 32.946972 Lon: -116.606667), Type: Tower, Structure height: 15.2 m, Overall height: 24.1 m, Call Sign: KBF48
    Assigned Frequencies: 6605.00 MHz, 6845.00 MHz, 6585.00 MHz, 6625.00 MHzGrant Date: 08/19/2010, Expiration Date: 11/07/2020Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 657-9437, Fax: (916) 657-9233, Email:
  • NORTH PEAK, 11 Miles North Of (Lat: 33.006139 Lon: -116.586222), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WQMH411, Licensee ID: L01564870
    Assigned Frequencies: 5974.85 MHzGrant Date: 08/06/2010, Expiration Date: 08/06/2020, Certifier: Sara DiazRegistrant: Regional 3c\'s, 1220 Caminito Centro, San Diego, CA 92102, Phone: (619) 525-8650, Email:
  • NORTH PEAK, North Peak 11 Mi No Of (Lat: 33.006694 Lon: -116.586111), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 19.8 m, Call Sign: WQXE651, Licensee ID: L00013978
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.793 MHz, 928.793 MHzGrant Date: 02/12/2016, Expiration Date: 02/12/2026, Certifier: Wendell SingsaasRegistrant: San Diego Gas & Electric Company, 10975 Technology Place, San Diego, CA 92127, Phone: (619) 260-4303, Email:
  • NORTH PEAK, North Peak 11 Mi N Of (Lat: 33.006694 Lon: -116.586111), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 3 m, Overall height: 19.8 m, Call Sign: KMX99, Licensee ID: L00004038
    Assigned Frequencies: 6545.00 MHz, 6635.00 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, 6545.00 MHz, 6595.00 MHz, 6197.24 MHzGrant Date: 09/27/2012, Expiration Date: 12/24/2022Registrant: County Of San Diego
  • STATION, Monument Peak 12 Mi E Of (Lat: 32.892250 Lon: -116.420556), Overall height: 18.9 m, Call Sign: KQP31
    Assigned Frequencies: 957.150 MHz, 6765.00 MHz, 6705.00 MHzGrant Date: 03/03/2009, Expiration Date: 05/31/2019Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 657-9437, Fax: (916) 657-9233, Email:
  • STATION, Dot Maintenance Station Japutal Junction (Lat: 32.823083 Lon: -116.626667), Overall height: 12.8 m, Call Sign: WLH23
    Assigned Frequencies: 2197.60 MHzGrant Date: 08/27/2009, Expiration Date: 11/17/2019, Cancellation Date: 12/06/2012Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 657-6113, Fax: (916) 657-9468, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Descanso)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Descanso and their reported violations in the past:

THOUSAND TRAILS OAKZANITA INC. (Population served: 400, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (OCT-20-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
DESCANSO JUNCTION (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5

Descanso compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Descanso on our top lists:

  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Laos (population 500+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
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