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Overview

Introduction to El Cajon, California

El Cajon is a California city located in San Diego County. It is situated about 15 miles east of the city of San Diego, to which it is linked by Interstate Highway 8. Incorporated in 1912, the central city area of El Cajon evolved into a much larger incorporated area, coincident with large population spikes occurring after World War II and again between 1970 and 1990. As a General Law City, El Cajon derives legal authority for its city acts from the laws of the State of California as opposed to a city charter. El Cajon is governed by a five-member City Council including an elected Mayor, who serves a four-year term as presiding officer of the City Council and is the city representative at ceremonial functions. Until 1968, the Mayor was a City Council member chosen by the Council to serve a one-year term.

Arts, Education, and Entertainment

El Cajon is home to Grossmount Community College, Cuyamaca College, San Diego Christian College, and the Southern California Seminary. Also located within the city's boundaries are Gillespie Field (airport) and Knox House Museum. There are several attractions within easy driving distance, including the following:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World (San Diego)
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Balboa Park
  • LEGOland (Carlsbad, about 40 miles north)
  • Disneyland (Anaheim, about 100 miles north)
  • Knott's Berry Farm/Knott's Soak City (Buena Park, about 105 miles north)

The following professional sports teams reside in or near San Diego County:

  • Baseball:
    • (Major League Baseball) San Diego Padres
    • (Major League Baseball) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    • (Minor League Baseball) San Diego SurfDawgs (an independent team in the Golden Baseball League)
  • Football:
    • (National Football League) San Diego Chargers
  • Hockey:
    • (National Hockey League) Anaheim Mighty Ducks

College football fans will note that San Diego is home to the San Diego State University Aztecs, and Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is the host site of both the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl game and also the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game, held every December. Pro fans will take note of the fact that Qualcomm, in addition to serving as home field of the San Diego Chargers, has also hosted three NFL Super Bowl games.

People

Total Population 101,582
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 41,204
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.2%
Median Earnings25+ $29,633
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,773
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,756

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,257
% Above Poverty Level 74.2%
% Below Poverty Level 25.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,096
Median House Value $333,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 5.5%
Irish 7.9%

El Cajon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles NE of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 92019, 92020, 92021
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92022
Company Zip Codes 92090
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.794
Longitude -116.961

El Cajon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station EL CAJON
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Station ALPINE
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Station SAN DIEGO MIRAMAR NAS
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 70 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
La Mesa 58,239 $69,955
Lemon Grove 25,963 $57,052
National City 59,543 $42,531
Poway 49,040 $109,110
San Diego 1,341,510 $78,414
Santee 55,435 $86,397
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El Cajon High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GRANITE HILLS HIGH
1719 E. MADISON AVE.
619-593-5500
Serves 2,722 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH
1035 E. MADISON AVE.
619-401-4300
A Title I School.
Serves 2,230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

STEELE CANYON HIGH
12440 CAMPO RD.
619-660-7100
Serves 1,873 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

VALHALLA HIGH
1725 HILLSDALE ROAD
619-593-5300
Serves 1,775 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

CHAPARRAL HIGH (CONT.)
1600 N. CUYAMACA ST.
619-258-3740
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

PHOENIX HIGH (ALTER.)
1600 CUYAMACA ST.
619-258-3787
A Non-traditional School
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

GROSSMONT MILDDLE COLLEGE HIGH
8800 GROSSMONT COLLEGE DR.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34.5

VIKING CENTER
1751 HILLSDALE RD
619-401-4353
A Special Education School
Serves 64 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

WORK TRAINING CENTER
230 JAMACHA RD
619-401-4343
A Special Education School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

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