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.


Total Population 60,043
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 26,949
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 42.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.9%
Median Earnings25+ $25,574
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,339
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,502


Median Family Income $43,386
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 7%


People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $996
Median House Value $290,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 1%
Irish 2.1%

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

National City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles SE of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 91950
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91951
Phone Area Codes 619
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.678
Longitude -117.098

National City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 53 to 70 F
Jul Temp 64 to 76 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 66 F
Apr Temp 56 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 76 F
Oct Temp 61 to 74 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches
Distance 6.1 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
Chula Vista 257,296 $74,593
Coronado 24,447 $108,500
Imperial Beach 27,051 $53,813
La Mesa 58,858 $70,460
Lemon Grove 26,225 $60,704
San Diego 1,359,791 $78,321

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

National City Public Libraries

National City Public Library
200 E. 12TH ST.
National City, California
(619) 336-4350

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National City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(619) 470-4321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,682 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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