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Overview

Introduction to Dana Point, California

Dana Point, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles S of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 21 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. It's a scenic community situated along the Pacific Coast and is a popular surfing destination. The Dana Point Harbor is a major feature of the municipality.

Dana Point History

In the early days, Dana Point was a prominent port due to its location between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The Dana Point Syndicate was established in 1926. The organization acquired a vast acreage and began the development of the area. They built 35 homes and numerous commercial buildings. Years later, the rest of the property was sold. In 1928 the Capistrano Beach Company bought a large number of lots and built Spanish style houses in the scenic area.

Dana Point Attractions

  • The Tall Ships Festival is a popular event.
  • Festival of Whales Parade.
  • Summer Concerts.
  • Classic Wooden Boat Festival.
  • Winter Festival.
  • Nautical Heritage Society and Museum.
  • The Chloe Luke Overlook provides visitors with excellent ocean views.

Dana Point Activities

The Dana Point Harbor is home to a vast number of boats in its two marinas. The area is popular for kayaking, windsurfing and boating. Whale watching and deep sea fishing excursions are available. Dana Point is home to numerous yacht clubs. Sea cruises are available during the day and evenings. The popular Catalina Island is only a short boat ride away.

Salt Creek Beach Park is a prominent surfing destination and includes tide pools, a grassy park area for picnicking and sheer cliffs. Doheney State Beach is an excellent location for surfing and swimming. It includes notable tide pools and campground areas. Dana Point offers a large number of parks for recreational activities. The scenic Heritage Park provides an excellent ocean view and is popular for picnics.

The Ocean Institute focuses on awareness and preservation of the ocean and offers popular pirate theme ship cruises and wildlife cruises. The nearby Capistrano Beach is popular for volleyball and other beach activities. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Disney's California Adventure Theme Park are a short distance away.

Demographics

People

Total Population34,009
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens20.6%
Employed Population 16+17,804
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married53.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47%
Median Earnings25+$47,150
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,849
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,009

Wealth

Median Family Income$113,294
% Above Poverty Level92.1%
% Below Poverty Level7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home11.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,813
Median House Value$780,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.5%
German17.1%
English14.1%
Irish13.2%
Italian8.8%
French Except Basque4.2%
Scottish4.1%
Polish2.6%
Norwegian2.6%
Swedish2.5%
Russian2.2%
Dutch1.4%
Iranian1.1%
Hungarian1%
Greek0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Arab0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
West Indian0.1%
British0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Australian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Serbian0.1%
African0.1%
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Dana Point Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92629, 92624
Phone Area Codes714,949
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.47
Approximate Longitude-117.7

Dana Point Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLAGUNA BEACH
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp44 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 77 F
Oct Temp55 to 76 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches
StationNEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp48 to 64 F
Apr Temp54 to 66 F
Jul Temp63 to 71 F
Oct Temp59 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.6 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance16.4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Laguna Beach23,204$145,025
Laguna Hills31,127$106,977
Laguna Niguel64,984$121,422
Laguna Woods16,347$57,726
San Clemente65,082$122,500
San Juan Capistrano36,006$89,599

Dana Point Public Schools

Dana Hills High
33333 Golden Lantern
ZIP: 92629
High
Total Enrollment 2716
Opportunities For Learning - Capistrano
33621 Del Obispo St., Ste. E
ZIP: 92629
Other
Total Enrollment 85
Richard Henry Dana Elementary
24242 La Cresta Dr.
ZIP: 92629
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs
24242 La Cresta Dr.
ZIP: 92629
Primary
Total Enrollment 51

Dana Point Private Schools

Broderick Montessori School
24292 Del Prado
ZIP: 92629
Elementary
Total Enrollment 48
Dana Point Montessori School
33501 Del Obispo St
ZIP: 92629
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Monarch Bay Montessori Academy
32920 Pacific Coast Hwy
ZIP: 92629
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St Edward The Confessor Parish School
33866 Calle La Primavera
ZIP: 92629
Elementary
Total Enrollment 666
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