ABOUT San Clemente
San Clemente is located in the southernmost part of Orange County. This 80-year old town has gained popularity because of its idyllic weather, pristine beaches, and Mediterranean style. In 1925 a businessman and major land developer Ole Hanson marketed the site as a planned real estate development called “Spanish Village by the Sea.” It was among the first master-planned communities in the U.S. The village drew the attention of investors because of its unique white stucco Spanish houses with red clay tiles.
Rich in history and culture, San Clemente has become a prime real estate spot. In 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon bought property in San Clemente to be used as a summer White House. Since then, the city has been sought after by those looking for family vacation spots. As of July 1, 2019, the city had a population of 66,527. Residents continue to preserve San Clemente’s Spanish architectural style and historical heritage.
San Clemente enjoys a booming economy. In March 2019, the unemployment rate in the city was 3%. That was lower than the national average of 3.9%. Job growth in the city is expected to increase by 32.1% over the next 10 years. San Clemente’s economy employs 32,000 people. The largest industries include professional, scientific, and technical services, manufacturing, and health care.
In 2017, the median age of all people in San Clemente was 43.4. The ethnic population is composed of eight races led by White, Latino, and Asian residents. The city’s residents enjoy a strong sense of community. They aim to preserve the city’s rich heritage.
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San Clemente’s average annual temperature tracks around 64.6°F. Seeing as this is about 10°F higher than the U.S. average, this city enjoys more sunny days and warmer temperatures than many areas in the country.
Residents typically experience the coldest temperatures between November and late February. During this time, the average high temperature is 64°F, and the average low temperature is 49°F. The warmest time of year occurs between July and early October. During this time, temperatures reach highs around 77°F and lows of 64°F.
Residents have a higher chance of experiencing rain between November and early April. As for humidity, San Clemente’s annual average humidity is 79.48%.
California experiences about 500 earthquakes a year and the coastal city of San Clemente is especially susceptible to them. Earthquakes are so common in Orange County that residents should practice what they will do if and when a big one hits.
Earthquakes in San Clemente can also cause landslides and tsunamis. Landslides are especially common, and they can both destroy property and injure residents. Tsunamis are a less common side effect of earthquakes, but they can seriously damage harbors when they occur.
Due to its location, San Clemente isn’t usually affected by nearby wildfires. Bushfires can start in other Orange County cities, but they don’t usually travel to coastal towns.
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The average one-way commute time in San Clemente takes 25 minutes. It is shorter than the average U.S. commute time of 26 minutes. 73.7% of employees in the city travel by car, while others choose to carpool, take mass transit, or work from home. In 2017, the largest share of households in the town owned 2 cars. This was almost the same as the national average of 1.88 vehicles per U.S. household.
The city is home to the San Clemente Pier, the PCH trolley, and the Dana Headlands Public Funicular. San Clemente is a few miles away from Dana Point and Laguna Beach, two beautiful cities in Orange County.
San Clemente has about 1,548 crimes committed for every 100,000 residents. With a population of about 65,000, the city has a total of 1,014 crimes reported every year. Of those crimes, about 114 are violent and 900 are property-related. Theft and burglary are the most common types of violations.
The national crime index rating is 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property crime. California has a rating of 37.1 for property crime and 25.2 for violent crime. San Clemente, on the other hand, has a much lower rating of 20.3 for property crime and 11.1 for violent crime.
The City Council looks after San Clemente’s continued growth and stability. The council also leads efforts to maintain San Clemente’s architecture and style, natural amenities, and diversity. The five-member council meets every first and third Tuesdays of each month to discuss the enforcement of ordinances. Council members are elected for four-year overlapping terms of office.
The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is in charge of maintaining and improving the city’s area business community. The Chamber leads efforts to ensure the city’s healthy business climate by maximizing the development of human and economic resources. The voluntary organization also provides creative business leadership and coordination to those who wish to invest in San Clemente.
Dan Bane is San Clemente’s Mayor. As the city’s chief executive, the mayor leads all council meetings. The mayor also coordinates the development, proposal, and execution of the policies adopted by the council. He has the power to influence major public policy changes. The mayor also signs proclamations for the city.
San Clemente Population 2020
A little over 65,000 residents live in San Clemente. In 2010, the city’s population was roughly 63,500. San Clemente experienced a 2.4% population growth between 2010 and 2018.
44.2 is San Clemente’s median resident age. To compare, this is over the U.S. average. A large portion of the city’s population is over 40 years old. Meanwhile, about 25% of residents are over 60 years of age.
For reference, the median male age in San Clemente is 43.2, and the median female age is 44.7. An estimated 71% of households in the city are young families. Also, the average family size is 3.2.
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San Clemente Diversity 2020
Slightly over 82% of San Clemente’s population is White, and 4.8% of residents are biracial or multiracial. 3.9% of the city’s population is Asian, and less than 1% of residents are Black or African American. Another 7.3% of residents come from other ethnic backgrounds.
About 8% of San Clemente residents only speak English. An additional 11% of the population speaks Spanish. It’s estimated that 2.1% of residents speak another Indo-European language.
Almost 13% of the city’s population is foreign born. About 15% of San Clemente residents have German ancestry, while 6.8% have Italian roots, and 3% of residents are of Polish descent.
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San Clemente Education 2020
San Clemente students can attend 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school within the city. A reported 84% of students are enrolled in local public schools, and 16% are enrolled in private schools.
San Clemente’s estimated high school dropout rate is 6%, which is about half of the U.S. average. 94.3% of residents 25 years old and over have high school diplomas.
Almost 23% of the population has achieved some college education, and another 10.5% has earned an associate’s degree. Almost 50% of adult residents have received a bachelor’s degree, and about 17% hold a graduate degree or another type of professional degree.
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SCHOOLS IN San Clemente
There are seven public elementary schools in San Clemente serving over 3,000 students. These are Vista Del Mar, Truman Benedict, Concordia, Las Palmas, Marblehead, San Onofre, and Clarence Lobo Elementary School.
There are three public middle schools, one public high school, and one private high school that serve San Clemente. The public middle schools in San Clemente are Shorecliffs, Bernice Ayer, and Vista Del Mar Middle School. San Clemente High is the city’s public high school. Private schools serving the San Clemente area are St. Michaels Christian Academy, Our Saviors Lutheran School, and Our Lady of Fatima School.
San Clemente is served by the Capistrano Unified School District. The student to teacher ratio of the public schools is 23:1. In 2019, San Clemente ranked 107th out of 822 places with the best public schools in California. The highest rated schools in the city include Truman Benedict Elementary School and Vista Del Mar Middle School.
San Clemente Housing 2020
The San Clemente neighborhood offers a large number of residential choices, from studio apartments and single-family homes to large townhouses. Many of the housing units and master-planned communities in the city were built from 1970 to 1999. Residents have preserved the city’s aesthetic spirit and Spanish style. Spanish architecture is incorporated into modern designs.
Single-family detached homes with three and four bedrooms are the most common types of housing in San Clemente. 65% of homes in the city are owner-occupied.
The median property value in San Clemente was $974,166 in 2019. That was an increase of 12.8% compared to the median property value of $849,300 recorded in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017, the median property value increased by 6% from $801,100 to $849,300. San Clemente also ranks among the cities with the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the U.S. San Clemente real estate appreciated 56.55% since 2000.
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Properties in San Clemente are among the most expensive in California and in the U.S. In December 2019, the median home value in San Clemente was $974,166. Home values in the city have gone up by 1.3% since 2018 and are predicted to increase by 1.1.% in 2020. The homeownership rate in San Clemente is 65.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. In 2017, the median household income in the city was $101,843. This represents a 4.77% growth from the median income of $97,210 recorded in 2016.
The quiet and relaxing town is considered as one of the 50 safest cities in California. More than 200 stunning homes in luxurious communities are for sale in the area. Nearly 60 percent of properties in the area are single-family homes. Other housing options include townhomes, small apartment buildings, and mobile homes.
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San Clemente Economy 2020
San Clemente’s median earnings per worker is $80K, and the city’s median household income is under $106K. The city’s per capita income is about $56K.
14% of the population earns less than $10K each year, while 7% of residents earn between $10K-$15K annually. Another 4% of residents earn $15K-$20K, and 22% of the population makes between $20K-$50K. Another 28% of the city’s population earns between $50K-$100K. Around 25% of residents make over $100K each year.
San Clemente’s unemployment rate is estimated to be 4.7%, which is comparably even with California’s average and the U.S. average. About 5.5% of residents live below the poverty line.
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Cost of Living
San Clemente’s serene beaches and convenient location make it one of the more expensive Orange County cities. It has a cost of living index rating of 200.6, which is double the US rating of 100 and substantially higher than the California rating of 149.9.
Housing is the most expensive factor to living in San Clemente. The cost of housing in the city is rated as 410.3 while the rating in California is 239.1 and national rating is 100.
Rent is also higher than the California average. Rent for a four-bedroom property in California is $2,755 on average, but it’s $4,230 in San Clemente.
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San Clemente has various neighborhoods that offer old and new residential estates as well as vacation homes. These neighborhoods are located in specific zoning areas that feature distinct homes. The four areas are the Southwest San Clemente area, the Southeast San Clemente area, the North San Clemente area, and the Central San Clemente area.
Communities in the central area include the Mira Costa Villas, Broadmoor, Hillcrest, Pacifica, Presidio Point, Rancho Margarita, Reef Gate West, Villa Granada, and Villa Grande. Prices of homes in this area range from $500,000 to $1 M depending on proximity to the beach. One and two-story homes with ocean, canyon, and mountain views can be found in the Coast District area. Communities in this area include Marbrisa, Ponderorsa, and Vista Del Verde. Home prices range from $500,000 and up.
Newer construction homes are located in the Talega community. Affordable two to three-bedroom townhomes can be found in the communities of Alassio, Verano, and Santalana.