Mountain Empire, California

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Population in July 2007: 6,830.
Males: 3,684  (53.9%)
Females: 3,146  (46.1%)
Median resident age:  37.6 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Zip code: 91906

Estimated median household income in 2013: $47,211 (it was $36,175 in 2000)
Mountain Empire:

$47,211
CA:

$60,190

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,382 (it was $15,893 in 2000)

Mountain Empire CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $248,151 (it was $128,000 in 2000)
Mountain Empire:

$248,151
CA:

$373,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $506,561; Detached houses: $570,895; Townhouses or other attached units: $381,677; In 2-unit structures: $353,620; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $278,880; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $338,455; Mobile homes: $69,677; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $131,096
  • Races in Mountain Empire, CA (2000)

    Mountain Empire races chart
    • 3,93960.7%White alone
    • 1,72526.6%Hispanic
    • 3866.0%American Indian alone
    • 2323.6%Two or more races
    • 1522.3%Black alone
    • 320.5%Asian alone
    • 120.2%Other race alone
    • 70.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mountain Empire: 125.7 (high, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 445.2 square miles.

Population density: 15 people per square mile   (very low).

Mountain Empire, California map

For population 25 years and over in Mountain Empire:

  • High school or higher: 77.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 9.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 37.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mountain Empire CCD:

  • Never married: 20.5%
  • Now married: 60.7%
  • Separated: 3.2%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Mountain Empire CCD:  0.7% ($881)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
Mountain Empire satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: El Cajon, CA (33.4 miles , pop. 94,869).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Diego, CA (43.8 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities: Campo, CA (2.5 miles ), Boulevard, CA (2.8 miles ), Pine Valley, CA (3.5 miles ), Jacumba, CA (3.6 miles ), Potrero, CA (3.6 miles ), Mount Laguna, CA (3.7 miles) , Descanso, CA (4.2 miles ), Alpine, CA (4.9 miles ).

Latitude: 32.68 N, Longitude: 116.40 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 619

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.6%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Business operations specialists (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)

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

Average climate in Mountain Empire, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Mountain Empire-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below California state average. It is 618% 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 104.4 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 55.6 miles away from Mountain Empire center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 37.4 miles away from the city center
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 127.0 miles away from the city center
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 45.5 miles away from Mountain Empire center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 219.2 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
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 (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 20
Emergencies Declared: 3

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 Mountain Empire:

  • Cuyamaca College (about 32 miles; El Cajon, CA; Full-time enrollment: 4,270)
  • Southwestern College (about 35 miles; Chula Vista, CA; FT enrollment: 10,761)
  • Grossmont College (about 37 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 10,461)
  • San Diego State University (about 40 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 27,516)
  • University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus (about 43 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 5,159)
  • Alliant International University (about 43 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 3,155)
  • San Diego City College (about 44 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 7,972)

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Notable locations in Mountain Empire: Four Corners Trailhead (A), Lake Morena Campground (B), Lake Morena Picnic Site (C), Bear Valley Trailhead (D), Bobcat Meadow Campground (E), Boulder Oaks Campground (F), Boulder Oaks Trailhead (G), Camp Morena (H), Cibbets Flat Campground (I), Corral Canyon Campground (J), Cottonwood Campground (K), Four Corners (L), Flinn Ranch (M), Division (N), Crouch Ranch (O), Coogan Ranch (P), McCain Ranch (Q), Clover Flat Pit (R), Campo Forest Fire Station (S), Cameron Guard Station (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Carmel Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Campo Lake (A), Tule Lake (B), Morena Reservoir (C), Lake Domingo (D), Barrett Lake (E), Tule Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Grapevine Creek (A), Morena Creek (B), Miller Creek (C), Little Potrero Creek (D), Boundary Creek (E), La Posta Creek (F), Kitchen Creek (G), Hauser Creek (H), Walker Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mountain Empire include: Campo Stone Store County Park (1), Potrero County Park (2), Picnic Lake Park (3), Lake Morena County Park (4), Jacumba Community Park (5). 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
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 66.4. This is about average.

City:

66.4
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.602. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.602
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 5.69. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.69
U.S.:

6.40

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 9.16. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.16
U.S.:

32.01

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 18.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.6
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 2.41. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.41
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2000 was 0.0213. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0213
U.S.:

0.0138
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  68.2%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.4%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

20.4%
Whole state:

14.2%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

9.6%
Whole state:

6.3%

People in group quarters in Mountain Empire in 2010:

  • 135 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 99 people in state prisons
  • 64 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 8 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)

People in group quarters in Mountain Empire in 2000:

  • 197 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 151 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 50 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.8
California average:

16.1

Mountain Empire travel time to work - commute Mountain Empire mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Mountain Empire CCD (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 Mountain Empire:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • KECR (910 AM; 5 kW; EL CAJON, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • 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.)
  • KURS (1040 AM; 5 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KXTA (1150 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mountain Empire:

  • KHTS-FM (93.3 FM; EL CAJON, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • 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)
  • KRTM (88.9 FM; TEMECULA, CA; Owner: PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLQV (102.9 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KWVE (107.9 FM; SAN CLEMENTE, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA)
  • 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)
  • KLNV (106.5 FM; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (61%)
  • Wood (19%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Utility gas (3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Mountain Empire compared to California state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Mountain Empire on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Repair and maintenance (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Special education teachers (population 5,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Music stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in training schools for juvenile delinquents (population 1,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Construction laborers (population 5,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Printing and related support activities (population 5,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Child care workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Sporting goods, camera, and hobby and toy stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Bus drivers (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Life, physical, and social science technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Truck transportation (population 5,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Alcoholic beverages merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (population 5,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse (population 1,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Nonmetallic mineral products (population 5,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of workers with very long commute times (90 or more minutes) (population 5,000+)"
  • #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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