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Overview

Introduction to National City, California

National City, California is located in San Diego County, only 5 miles southeast of San Diego and 10 miles north of the Mexican border. The city is bordered by Chula Vista (to the south) and Lincoln Borders (to the east). Major highways servicing the city include Interstates I-5 and I-805 as well as California State Highways 15, 54 and 94.

Incorporated in 1887, National City is San Diego County's second oldest city. Sitting on land purchased by the Kimball brothers in 1868, the city grew slowly. Attempts by the Kimballs and others to make National City a prime railway link to points east never fully panned out, although some track was laid in the area. In the ensuing years, the city became a prime destination for migration by Easterners attracted by its outstanding climate. Miles of tree-shaded streets and Victorian homes appeared in the city, many of which remain to this day.

Historic Sites in National City

National City is steeped in California history, with several of its sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Granger Music Hall was originally built in the late 19th century by Ralph Granger, a music lover who struck it rich in the silver mines of Colorado. Beautifully restored, the existing structure is painted in its original colors. The Brick Row on Heritage Square is a series of 10 individual row houses built by Frank Kimball in 1887 in an architectural style unique to this region but modeled after the row houses of Philadelphia and similar eastern cities. The Santa Fe Rail Depot, built in 1882, is the only original transcontinental railroad terminus in the United States that is still standing. St. Matthews Episcopal Church, built in 1887, is designed in a style patterned after an English Countryside church. National City Boulevard, also known as "The Miracle Mile of Cars," spans the north-south length of National City and serves as a living museum of travel and reminder of the time when California became the center of the New Car Culture.

Demographics

People

Total Population60,349
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens11.2%
Employed Population 16+27,890
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$26,008
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,194
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,292

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,964
% Above Poverty Level75.9%
% Below Poverty Level24.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone20.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,040
Median House Value$317,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.5%
German2.2%
Irish2%
Italian1.4%
English1.1%
French Except Basque0.7%
Arab0.7%
Polish0.6%
Scottish0.4%
Swedish0.3%
African0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Czech0.2%
Dutch0.2%
US/American0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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National City Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes91950
P.O. Box Zip Codes91951
Phone Area Codes619
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude32.67
Approximate Longitude-117.09

National City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHULA VISTA
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp46 to 69 F
Apr Temp53 to 70 F
Jul Temp64 to 76 F
Oct Temp58 to 76 F
Annual Precip9.9 inches
StationSAN DIEGO LINDBERGH AP
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp50 to 66 F
Apr Temp56 to 69 F
Jul Temp66 to 76 F
Oct Temp61 to 74 F
Annual Precip10.7 inches
StationSAN DIEGO N ISLAND NAS
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp49 to 65 F
Apr Temp56 to 67 F
Jul Temp65 to 73 F
Oct Temp61 to 72 F
Annual Precip9.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chula Vista260,598$75,590
Coronado24,852$117,391
Imperial Beach27,180$50,205
La Mesa59,125$71,077
Lemon Grove26,421$64,514
San Diego1,374,812$80,241

National City Public Libraries

National City Public Library
1401 NATIONAL CITY BLVD.
National City, California
(619) 470-5800

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National City Hospitals

Paradise Valley Hospital
(Proprietary)
2400 East Fourth Street

National City Public Schools

Beacon Classical Academy Elementary Charter
2400 Euclid Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 128
Central Elementary
933 E Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
El Toyon Elementary
2000 E. Division St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Granger Junior High
2101 Granger Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Middle
Total Enrollment 921
Integrity Charter
701 National City Blvd.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Ira Harbison
3235 E. Eighth St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
John A. Otis Elementary
621 E. 18th St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Kimball
302 W. 18th St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Las Palmas
1900 E. 18th St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 689
Lincoln Acres
2200 Lanoitan Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
National City Middle
1701 D Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Middle
Total Enrollment 768
Olivewood
2505 F Ave.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Palmer Way
2900 Palmer St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Rancho De La Nacion
1830 E. Division St.
ZIP: 91950
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
Sweetwater High
2900 Highland Ave.
ZIP: 91950
High
Total Enrollment 2761

National City Private Schools

Faithful Ambassadors Bible
2432 E 18th St
ZIP: 91950
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 98
San Diego Academy
2800 E 4th St
ZIP: 91950
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 314
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