San Diego, California Population 2022

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San Diego is a city located in San Diego County California. It is also the county seat of San Diego County. With a 2020 population of 1,402,838, it is the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest city in the United States. San Diego is currently growing at a rate of 0.57% annually but its population has decreased by -0.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,414,545 in 2020. Spanning over 372 miles, San Diego has a population density of 4,305 people per square mile.

The average household income in San Diego is $108,864 with a poverty rate of 11.81%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in San Diego is 34.9 years, 34 years for males, and 35.9 years for females.

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 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 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 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 Demographics

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

  • White: 61.95%
  • Asian: 17.25%
  • Two or more races: 7.77%
  • Black or African American: 6.09%
  • Other race: 5.99%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.42%
The current population of San Diego, California is 1,402,838 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,414,545.

San Diego, California Population 2022

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There are 1,137,117 adults, (187,912 of whom are seniors) in San Diego.

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.49%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 59.98%.

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60.48% of San Diego residents speak only English, while 39.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 22.05% of the population.

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The race most likely to be in poverty in San Diego is Black, with 19.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in San Diego is Multiple, with 10.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.54%.

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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 45-54.

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

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74.43% of San Diego residents were born in the United States, with 46.45% having been born in California. 11.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

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