El Cajon, California Population 2024

102,294

El Cajon is a city located in San Diego County California. El Cajon has a 2024 population of 102,294. El Cajon is currently declining at a rate of -1.03% annually and its population has decreased by -3.61% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 106,126 in 2020.

The average household income in El Cajon is $86,068 with a poverty rate of 18.86%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in El Cajon is 35.6 years, 35.4 years for males, and 35.7 years for females.

El Cajon Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of El Cajon was:

  • White: 65.36%
  • Other race: 11.5%
  • Two or more races: 11.42%
  • Black or African American: 6.28%
  • Asian: 4.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.66%
  • Native American: 0.56%
Land Area (mi²)
14.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
7,048.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.61% (-3,832)
The current population of El Cajon, California is 102,294 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 106,126.

El Cajon, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White69,09965.36%
Other race12,15711.5%
Two or more races12,06911.42%
Black or African American6,6346.28%
Asian4,4674.23%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander7020.66%
Native American5930.56%
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

El Cajon Population by Race

El Cajon Population Pyramid 2024

El Cajon Median Age

35.6

Total

35.4

Male

35.7

Female

El Cajon Adults

There are 79,754 adults, (14,282 of whom are seniors) in El Cajon.

El Cajon Age Dependency

61.5

Age Dependency Ratio

21.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.7

Child Dependency Ratio

El Cajon Sex Ratio

Female53,87950.96%
Male51,84249.04%

El Cajon Population by Age

El Cajon Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All34,6242.9641.758.3
Married16,5703.6850.449.6
Non Family9,6521.3539.960.1
Female5,8553.3925.674.4
Male2,5473.3429.970.1
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3.47

Average Family Size

2.96

Average Household Size

41.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

El Cajon Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

El Cajon Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

El Cajon Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 95.33%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.5%.

El Cajon Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$40,401

Average Earnings

$43,353

Average Male

$34,718

Average Female

El Cajon Earnings by Educational Attainment

El Cajon Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

El Cajon Language

56.02% of El Cajon residents speak only English, while 43.98% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.58% of the population.

El Cajon Language

El Cajon Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White57,82312,15921.03%
Hispanic29,3914,14114.09%
Multiple11,8022,47020.93%
Other12,0082,24818.72%
Black6,42192714.44%
Asian4,39962414.19%
Islander70233547.72%
Native593579.61%
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18.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.29%

Male Poverty Rate

19.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in El Cajon

The race most likely to be in poverty in El Cajon is Islander, with 47.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in El Cajon is Native, with 9.61% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.8%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.2%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.4%.

El Cajon Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.17%
High School18.77%
Some College14.65%
Bachelors or Greater9.31%
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El Cajon Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed35.73%
Male Unemployed31.1%
Male Employed10.04%
Female Employed8.96%
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El Cajon Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

El Cajon Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

El Cajon Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.3%

Female Marriage Rate

El Cajon Married by Age and Sex

male

female

El Cajon Marriage

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

El Cajon Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

El Cajon Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

5,561

Number of Veterans

5,112

Male Veterans

449

Female Veterans

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El Cajon Veterans by War

count

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El Cajon Veterans by Age

count

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El Cajon Veterans by Race

El Cajon Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.6%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

El Cajon Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.3%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

El Cajon Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

El Cajon Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

El Cajon Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

51.95%

Born in El Cajon

71.17%

Native Born

28.83%

Foreign Born

12.41%

Non Citizen

16.42%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

71.17% of El Cajon residents were born in the United States, with 51.95% having been born in California. 12.41% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

El Cajon Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202996,994-1,060-1.08%
202898,054-1,060-1.07%
202799,114-1,060-1.06%
2026100,174-1,060-1.05%
2025101,234-1,060-1.04%
2024102,294-1,060-1.03%
2023103,354-1,060-1.02%
2022104,414-1,060-1%
2021105,474-652-0.61%
2020106,1263,1603.07%
2019102,966-434-0.42%
2018103,400-355-0.34%
2017103,755-33-0.03%
2016103,7884010.39%
2015103,3874970.48%
2014102,8906010.59%
2013102,2897560.74%
2012101,5338370.83%
2011100,6968810.88%
201099,8154,9465.21%
200094,8696,1766.96%
199088,69314,80120.03%
198073,89221,61941.36%
197052,27314,65538.96%
196037,61832,018571.75%
19505,6004,129280.69%
19401,47142140.1%
19301,050581123.88%
192046916956.33%
1900300
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El Cajon Population by Year