San Diego, California Population 2019

San Diego is a coastal Southern California city about 120 miles south of Los Angeles and along the border with Mexico. San Diego is the second largest Californian city and the eighth largest in the country. It is also one of the fastest growing U.S. cities.

San Diego is estimated to have a population of 1,419,000 as of 2017, which is up from an estimated 1.322 million in 2012.

San Diego has a population estimated at 1.339 million. At the last census in 2010, San Diego's population was 1.307 million. San Diego has a population density of 4,003 people per square mile in the city proper. The metropolitan population is much larger, however, and is estimated at 3.1 million people. This is the third-largest metro area in California after Los Angeles and San Francisco.

San Diego is also part of the San Diego-Tijuana international metropolitan area, or conurbation, which includes San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. The region has a 2012 population of 4.9 million.

San Diego Wealth and Economics

San Diego has the third largest homeless population in the country, with the most significant percentage of homeless veterans. While San Diego was the fifth wealthiest city in the United States according to Forbes in 2005, almost 15% of the population was below the poverty line at this time.

San Diego History

San Diego was originally inhabited by the La Jolla and San Dieguito people, as well as the Kumeyaay people. The first European to visit the area was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who claimed the bay for Spain in 1542 and named the site San Miguel. In 1602, Sebastian Vizcaino surveyed the coast on his ship San Diego and named current-day Mission Bay and Point Loma Saint Didacus, or San Diego de Alcala. That year, the first Christian religious service recorded in the area took place to celebrate the feast day of San Diego.

By 1769, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded and developed the most abundant native population in Alta California. When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, San Diego became a part of Alta California, a Mexican state. The town of San Diego then began to grow before Mexico secularized it in 1834, and its land was sold to wealthy settlers. By 1838, the town's population dropped from 1,400 to just 100-150.

In 1846, the United States went to war against Mexico, eventually capturing San Diego and other areas. San Diego, Los Angeles, and the other regions were ceded to the U.S. in 1847. Three years later, California was admitted to the United States and San Diego was designated the seat of San Diego County and incorporated as a city. By World War II, San Diego became a major military and defense hub, proliferating to reach 333,000 by 1950. The military continued to play a significant role in the economy following World War II, although San Diego leaders eventually diversified the economy to focus on tourism, research, and science.

San Diego Population Growth

With the U.S. economy improving, more immigration is boosting California's growth rate, and more foreigners are attracted to the region, particularly San Diego. Of the 28,200 residents added in the county between 2012 and 2013, 16,000 were foreign immigrants.

San Diego is expected to continue growing well into the future, reaching a projected 1.9 million people by 2050, or a 49% increase from 2000. The city proper will grow from 1.3 million at the 2010 census to 1.5 million in 2020. By 2050, San Diego is expected to become a white-minority city. The Hispanic population is projected to surpass the white population for the first time in 2035. By 2015, the white population is expected to stop growing and start decreasing in size by 2035.

San Diego Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of San Diego was:

  • White: 64.71%
  • Asian: 16.79%
  • Black or African American: 6.38%
  • Other race: 6.22%
  • Two or more races: 5.06%
  • Native American: 0.44%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.41%

How Many People Live in San Diego, California?

1,425,976
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20181,425,97611,5490.82%
20171,414,42710,5620.75%
20161,403,86515,1911.09%
20151,388,67411,9490.87%
20141,376,72520,7741.53%
20131,355,95118,8021.41%
20121,337,14917,4521.32%
20111,319,69713,7271.05%
20101,305,97082,5700.66%
20001,223,400112,8510.97%
19901,110,549235,0112.41%
1980875,538178,5112.31%
1970697,027123,8031.97%
1960573,224238,8375.54%
1950334,387131,0465.10%
1940203,34155,3463.23%
1930147,99573,6347.12%
192074,36134,7836.51%
191039,57821,8788.38%
190017,7001,5410.92%
189016,15913,52219.88%
18802,6373371.38%
18702,3001,56912.15%
18607310.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20183,343,36417,8960.54%
20173,325,46815,1880.46%
20163,310,28026,2190.79%
20153,284,06133,0681.01%
20143,250,99339,7451.22%
20133,211,24836,0471.12%
20123,175,20137,8291.19%
20113,137,37234,0661.09%
20103,103,3060.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White900,052
Asian233,477
Black or African American88,774
Some Other Race86,463
Two or More Races70,403
American Indian and Alaska Native6,094
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5,703

San Diego Population Pyramid 2019

San Diego Median Age

34.3


Total

33.3


Male

35.3


Female

San Diego Adults

There are 1,106,409 adults, (166,922 of whom are seniors) in San Diego.

San Diego Age Dependency

48.1

Age Dependency Ratio

17.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.3

Child Dependency Ratio

San Diego Sex Ratio

Female

690,937

49.67%

Male

700,029

50.33%

San Diego Households and Families

San Diego Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

San Diego Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married61%39%
All46.8%53.2%
Male40.5%59.5%
Female36.3%63.7%
Non Family34.5%65.5%

46.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All497,1892.7246.8
Married221,4613.4661
Non Family196,6531.5234.5
Female56,3053.736.3
Male22,7703.5840.5

3.4

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

San Diego Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade60,2016.38%
9th to 12th Grade54,4695.77%
High School Graduate147,96415.68%
Some College192,24020.37%
Associates Degree69,9027.41%
Bachelors Degree247,86826.26%
Graduate Degree171,25318.14%

San Diego Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White454,511442,226261,016
Hispanic238,212162,17545,645
Asian167,649148,65686,947
Black57,69651,84613,604
Other Race51,41032,0927,825
Multiple Races30,58628,23613,674
Native American4,0402,989803
Islander3,8943,428819

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.30%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 57.43%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,851$50,183$37,088
Less Than High School$20,432$23,416$16,384
High School Grad$28,726$32,325$22,729
Some College$36,325$40,951$31,346
Bachelors Degree$56,876$66,152$48,523
Graduate Degree$79,814$97,566$65,393

$42,851

Average Earnings

$50,183

Average Male

$37,088

Average Female

San Diego Language

San Diego Language by Age

San Diego Language

59.41% of San Diego residents speak only English, while 40.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 22.95% of the population.

San Diego Poverty

San Diego Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic408,90788,86021.73%
White582,68955,6319.55%
Asian231,54626,30311.36%
Other85,13523,11627.15%
Black85,16019,19022.53%
Multiple69,2239,95614.38%
Native5,8031,04317.97%
Islander5,58063111.31%

14.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.76%

Male Poverty Rate

15.22%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in San Diego

The race most likely to be in poverty in San Diego is Other, with 27.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in San Diego is White, with 9.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.62%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.22%
High School15.33%
Some College10.62%
Bachelors or Greater5.50%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.18%
Male Unemployed28.31%
Female Employed8.09%
Male Employed6.75%

San Diego Income

San Diego Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$71,535$98,632
Families$84,353$113,379
Married Families$102,551$131,805
Non Families$53,337$72,136

San Diego Marital Status

San Diego Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

43.3%

Female Marriage Rate

San Diego Married by Age and Sex

San Diego Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

San Diego Marital Status by Race

San Diego Veterans

90,552

Number of Veterans

80,024

Male Veterans

10,528

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War28,761
Vietnam26,761
First Gulf War23,857
Korea6,933
World War II4,000
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5424,701
65 to 7417,251
18 to 3416,932
75+16,915
55 to 6414,753

San Diego Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White62,7768.84%
Hispanic11,9134.10%
Black11,18016.98%
Asian10,5055.51%
2 or More3,0117.71%
Other2,0803.33%
Indian58512.32%
Hawaiian4158.94%

San Diego Veterans by Education

7.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

San Diego Employment Status

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

San Diego Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

45.55%

Born in California

73.64%

Native Born

26.36%

Foreign Born

12.47%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

73.64% of San Diego residents were born in the United States, with 45.55% having been born in California. 12.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.