Escondido, California Population 2023

153,177

Escondido is a city located in San Diego County California. With a 2023 population of 153,177, it is the 38th largest city in California and the 183rd largest city in the United States.Escondido is currently growing at a rate of 0.47% annually and its population has increased by 1.42% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 151,038 in 2020. Spanning over 37 miles, Escondido has a population density of 4,105 people per square mile.

The average household income in Escondido is $84,416 with a poverty rate of 16.79%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Escondido is 35.1 years, 33.8 years for males, and 36.6 years for females.

Escondido is located in the North County region of San Diego County just 30 miles northeast of San Diego. Escondido is part of the Greater San Diego metropolitan area which has an estimated population of 3.1 million.

Diversity

Escondido has a foreign-born population of 29%. Hispanics officially became the largest group in the city in 2010. Still, the racial and ethnic diversity in Escondido doesn't compare to other cities in San Diego.

The North County area of San Diego County, including Escondido, is the least diverse in the entire county. If two residents of southeastern San Diego are chosen at random, there's a 71% chance they will be of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. There's just a 25% chance in the North County area. Overall, San Diego is the 12th most diverse county in California.

Population Growth

It's projected that San Diego County will grow by 1 million people (42%) between 2000 and 2030. Some of this growth will be focused on Escondido, especially as home prices rise in San Diego which has already lured thousands to the more affordable Escondido area. Escondido is expected to continue its modest population growth through 2030.

Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. The region was controlled by Spain from the end of the 18th century to the start of the 19th century. During this time, many missions were created throughout California. The area was converted into large ranchos when Mexico took control of the region. Most of modern-day Escondido is located on the former Rancho Rincon del Diablo or Devil's Corner land grant.

When California became part of the U.S., the first census in 1850 showed a mostly Spanish-speaking population in Escondido. It wasn't long before non-Hispanic settlers arrived in the area during the Southern California Land Boom. Rancho Rincon del Diablo was eventually sold to investors from Los Angeles in 1883 who incorporated the Escondido Land and Town Company. By 1888, Escondido was incorporated.

During its early history, Escondido was a small agricultural community focusing on grapes and later walnut, olive, orange, and lemon. Avocados became the city's largest crop in the 1960s but the region largely turned to housing developments just a decade later. It was during the 1960s and 1970s when Escondido experienced rapid growth, growing from a population of 16,300 in 1960 to 64,000 in 1980. By 1990, the population was 108,500.

Escondido Demographics

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

  • White: 65.82%
  • Other race: 13.92%
  • Two or more races: 10.49%
  • Asian: 6.11%
  • Black or African American: 2.25%
  • Native American: 0.97%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.43%
The current population of Escondido, California is 153,177 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 151,038.

Escondido, California Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Escondido Population by Race

Escondido Population Pyramid 2023

Escondido Median Age

35.1

Total

33.8

Male

36.6

Female

Escondido Adults

There are 114,313 adults, (19,663 of whom are seniors) in Escondido.

Escondido Age Dependency

58.9

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Escondido Sex Ratio

Female74,83849.76%
Male75,55850.24%

Escondido Population by Age

Escondido Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.64

Average Family Size

3.04

Average Household Size

51.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Escondido Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Escondido Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Escondido Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.04%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.51%.

Escondido Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$36,960

Average Earnings

$42,615

Average Male

$31,136

Average Female

Escondido Earnings by Educational Attainment

Escondido Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Escondido Language

57.34% of Escondido residents speak only English, while 42.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.47% of the population.

Escondido Language

Escondido Poverty by Race

rate

16.79%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.77%

Male Poverty Rate

14.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Escondido

The race most likely to be in poverty in Escondido is Multiple, with 26.64% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Escondido is Asian, with 6.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.30%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.75%.

Escondido Poverty

Escondido Poverty Rate by Education

Escondido Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Escondido Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Escondido Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.8%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Escondido Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Escondido Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Escondido Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Escondido Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

7,758

Number of Veterans

6,834

Male Veterans

924

Female Veterans

Escondido Veterans by War

Escondido Veterans by Age

count

Escondido Veterans by Race

Escondido Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Escondido Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.8%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

Escondido Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Escondido Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Escondido 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

52.45%

Born in Escondido

72.59%

Native Born

26.98%

Foreign Born

14.58%

Non Citizen

12.40%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.59% of Escondido residents were born in the United States, with 52.45% having been born in California. 14.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Escondido Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Escondido Population by Year