Introduction to San Clemente, California

San Clemente, California, in Orange county, is 8 miles SE of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 26 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. The city is located in the Orange County metropolitan area. 

San Clemente History

Though long admired by explorers, the city of San Clemente remained inhabited only by the Juaneño Indians untill the late 18th century. In 1776, Father Junipero Serra established the Mission San Juan Capistrano and gradually brought both Indian and Spanish settlers to what is now known as San Clemente. In 1925, the former Mayor of Seattle, Ole Hanson, built a community here. He named the city San Clemente, literally meaning "The Spanish Village by the Sea" after San Clemente Island. On February 27, 1928, the area was officially incorporated as a city.

San Clemente and Nearby Attractions

  • Ole Hanson Beach Club.
  • San Clemente Branch Orange County Public Library.
  • Palisades Reservoir.
  • El Camino Plaza Shopping Center.
  • San Clemente City Beach.
  • Saint Michaels Episcopal Church.

Things To Do In San Clemente

The city of San Clemente offers excellent opportunities for hiking and biking along the beautifully meandering coastline and ridgeline. There are quite a few amusement parks that have fun rides and slides ideal for the children. Some parks are situated right on the beaches, and one can go to these parks for picnics with family and friends. There are also several golf courses in or around the city where visitors can enjoy a game with friends. The Palisade Reservoir is another popular tourist destination. There are also quite a few churches and shopping plazas that dot the lanes of this beautiful city.

San Clemente Transportation

The local airport is John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

San Clemente Higher Education

Saddleback College serves the area.


Total Population 65,017
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 30,850
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 58%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.5%
Median Earnings25+ $52,802
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,430
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,760


Median Family Income $119,739
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 11.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 23.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,703
Median House Value $758,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 16.9%
Irish 13.4%

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

San Clemente Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles SE of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92672, 92673
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92674
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.426
Longitude -117.611

San Clemente Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dana Point 34,003 $105,578
Laguna Beach 23,230 $134,067
Laguna Hills 31,017 $105,199
Laguna Niguel 64,825 $120,169
Mission Viejo 95,979 $112,850
San Juan Capistrano 35,897 $84,812

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

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Serves 2,868 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

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