San Diego County is the 2nd most populated county in California behind LA County and has an estimated 3,343 million people as of 2017. It’s also the 5th most populous county in the United States, just behind Maricopa, Arizona. The population grew from around 3.32 million in 2016. Not surprisingly considering its name, the city of San Diego is its county seat and is the 8th most populous city in the country. It’s also the most southwestern county in the 48 adjoining states. San Diego County borders the counties of Imperial, Orange, and Riverside.
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The population of San Diego County is around 3.34 million. The next most populated county in California after San Diego County is Orange, which is close in size at 3.19 million. As of the 2010 census, there were around 735 people per square mile in San Diego County.
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As of 2017, the median age of San Diego county residents was 35.8 which is younger than in 2016, when it was 36. The average age for those born in the United States is 31 and on average, those born outside of the county are much older, 47 years of age. 23.2% of the county population are foreign-born, which is much higher than the national average of 13.7%.
There were 1.34 times more White Alone residents (1.151 million people) in San Diego County in 2017 than any other race or ethnicity. The second and third largest ethnic groups are Hispanic/Latino (1.13 million people) and Asian Alone (394,000 people). It makes sense, then, that Spanish is the most common non-English language spoken (782,495, or 25% of the population speak Spanish), followed by Tagalog (including Filipino, 91,752 or 2.94%) and Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese, 51,878 or 1.66%).
On average, there are 2.9 persons per household in San Diego County, and 49% of the population is married, which is about the same rate as the entire state of California. The median property value was $563,800 in 2017, which is 2.59 times greater than the national average of $217,600. This is an increase from 2016, when it was $527,600. The homeownership rate in the county, which is 53.5%, is lower than the national average of 63.9%, most likely due to the high property values.
Fortunately, household incomes are increasing. In 2017, the median household income grew to $76,207 from 2016’s value of $70,824. This is significantly higher than the median annual income of $60,366 across the United States. The most common industries to work in are Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services. The highest paying industry is in Utilities. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
San Diego County stretches 4,206.63 square miles, of which 70 miles are coastline. Although a mild to semiarid Mediterranean climate (similar to the rest of the western part of southern California), the county’s weather moves to more extreme temperatures to the east, with mountains that accumulate frost and snow in the winter. There are seven official wilderness areas that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, although some extend to the neighboring counties, like the Agua Tibia San Mateo Canyon wildernesses in Riverside County. There are also 16 naval and military sectors of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard in the county.
San Diego County is lower than the national average for property crimes. On a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), it ranks at 35.1. The United States average is 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, San Diego County also comes in below the national average, making it safer than many other large metropolitan counties. If you have specific concerns about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: County of San Diego
Name Meaning: Sebastian Vizcaino, a Spanish explorer, traveled to the area in 1602 and named it after Saint Didacus, a Spanish missionary known more commonly as San Diego.
Year Formed: San Diego County was founded in 1850. It’s one of the original 18 counties, created at the time of California statehood. Part of the county was divided in 1893 to create Riverside County, and then was divided again in 1907 to make Imperial County.
Total Sq Miles: 4,206.63