Introduction to Lemon Grove, California

Lemon Grove, California, in San Diego county, is 1 miles S of La Mesa, California (center to center) and 7 miles E of San Diego, California. The city is conveniently located inside the San Diego metropolitan area. 

Lemon Grove History

The first permanent resident of Lemon Grove was sheep rancher Robert Allison, who settled here in 1869. It was initially an agricultural community, primarily dealing with sheep and poultry ranching and cultivation of vegetable crops. The name 'Lemon Grove' was given to this area after the plantation and subsequent shipping of lemon and orange plants became the area's major industry. However, these groves disappeared soon, and Lemon Grove was incorporated as a general law city in the year 1977.

Lemon Grove and Nearby Attractions

  • Lemon Grove Branch San Diego County Library.
  • San Altos Shopping Center.
  • Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Balboa Park.
  • SeaWorld Adventure Park San Diego.
  • Ocean Beach.

Things To Do In Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove has many areas of historic interest like the Lemon Grove Branch San Diego County Library and the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. The numerous parks in the neighborhood including the Berry City Park and the Monterey Heights County Park, offer recreation facilities for both adults and children, and can be the ideal spot for a fun-filled day. The city also promises immense possibilities for the enthusiastic shoppers. Religious minded people can also take a tour of the churches in Lemon Grove.

Lemon Grove Transportation

The San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport serves the area.

Lemon Grove Higher Education

San Diego State University is the nearest university.


Total Population 26,225
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,588
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $33,580
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,263


Median Family Income $60,704
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,147
Median House Value $316,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.2%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 7.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lemon Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles S of La Mesa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles E of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 91945
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91946
Phone Area Codes 619
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.742
Longitude -117.03

Lemon Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LA MESA
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.7 inches
Station EL CAJON
Distance 5.8 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
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 65 F
Apr Temp 56 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 73 F
Oct Temp 61 to 72 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coronado 24,447 $108,500
El Cajon 102,383 $51,036
La Mesa 58,858 $70,460
National City 60,043 $43,386
San Diego 1,359,791 $78,321
Santee 56,255 $87,492

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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