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Overview

Introduction to Santee, California

Santee is a city located in the eastern part of California's San Diego County, about 20 miles northeast of the city of San Diego. Nestled between hills and surrounded by lakes, the city is serviced primarily by California State Highways 52 and 125. Other nearby thoroughfares include State Highway 67 and Interstates I-8 and I-15. Neighboring communities are El Cajon (to the south) and Lakeside (to the east).

Santee History

Known as Cowleston, the town was originally named for one of its founding fathers, George A. Cowles. Three years after Cowles' death in 1887, his widow married Milton Santee, a local realtor and surveyor. In 1891, she received permission to operate the post office under her new husband's name and two years later, the community followed her lead and changed the town's name to Santee. Prior to its incorporation in 1980, Santee had seen many of its choice areas annexed by its neighboring city of El Cajon. With approximately half of its land still undeveloped today, Santee is one of the few cities in the county with space to grow. No longer just a bedroom community of homes, the city now boasts major commercial centers in its downtown area and a business community which employs thousands.

Recreation in Santee

Santee has two major regional parks: Mission Trails Regional Park and Santee Lakes Regional Park. Started in 1974, Mission Trails has become one of the largest urban parks in the nation with over 40 miles of hiking trails, boating on Lake Murray and camping at Kumeyaay Lake. Santee Lakes Park offers camping, fishing and is the site of numerous annual events such as Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes, Movies by The Lake and Santa at the Lakes. Another outdoor venue is the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve and Goodan Ranch, which offers over 5,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres.

Demographics

People

Total Population57,376
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+28,207
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.7%
Median Earnings25+$46,360
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,729
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,367

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,430
% Above Poverty Level93.2%
% Below Poverty Level6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone21%
Median Gross Rent$1,593
Median House Value$397,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.5%
Irish12.9%
English9%
Italian7.4%
Polish4%
French Except Basque3.8%
Scottish2.2%
Swedish1.9%
Dutch1.9%
Norwegian1.7%
Portuguese1%
Welsh1%
Arab0.9%
Russian0.8%
Canadian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
African0.5%
Czech0.5%
Romanian0.3%
Greek0.3%
US/American0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
German0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Santee Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes92071
P.O. Box Zip Codes92072
Phone Area Codes619
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude32.85
Approximate Longitude-116.99

Santee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEL CAJON
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp42 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 74 F
Jul Temp62 to 87 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.9 inches
StationSAN DIEGO MIRAMAR NAS
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp44 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 70 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp55 to 77 F
Annual Precip11.9 inches
StationSAN DIEGO N ISLAND NAS
Distance16.3 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
El Cajon103,314$55,367
La Mesa59,479$75,842
Lemon Grove26,645$67,447
National City60,715$46,064
Poway49,874$115,008
San Diego1,390,966$84,353

Santee Hospitals

Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital
(Government - Local)
655 Park Center Drive

Santee Public Schools

Cajon Park Elementary
10300 Magnolia Ave.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 1026
Carlton Hills Elementary
9353 Pike Rd.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
Carlton Oaks Elementary
9353 Wethersfield Rd.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 815
Chet F. Harritt Elementary
8120 Arlette St.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Hill Creek Elementary
9665 Jeremy St.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 749
Pride Academy At Prospect Avenue
9303 Prospect Ave.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Rio Seco Elementary
9545 Cuyamaca St.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 980
Santana High
9915 N. Magnolia Ave.
ZIP: 92071
High
Total Enrollment 1509
Santee Alternative
10250 El Nopal
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 34
Santee Success Program
10280 N. Magnolia Ave.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 9
Sycamore Canyon Elementary
10201 Settle Rd.
ZIP: 92071
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
West Hills High
8756 Mast Blvd.
ZIP: 92071
High
Total Enrollment 1958

Santee Private Schools

Montessori Discovery School
8559 Fanita Dr
ZIP: 92071
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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