ABOUT San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano is a city with beautiful natural surroundings and a rich history. With open ocean right outside of the city’s boundaries, expansive parks in the area, and short commutes to famous California locations, San Juan Capistrano also is a destination in itself.
The city’s public schools have high standards and excellent reputations, and private campuses are similarly highly rated. With great schools, families naturally are attracted to San Juan Capistrano, but young professionals also find the city to be a fantastic place to live.
Compared with other California median home values, San Juan Capistrano’s comparably lower average property value means that the cost of living in this oceanside city is much more affordable than others lining the coast. Similarly, the median rent in this city tracks lower than other California areas, though is still about 3x the national average.
This city’s population of 36,000 residents is ethnically and economically diverse, and generally residents have moderate political views.
Of San Juan Capistrano’s population of 36,000, 28% of the population has some college experience or an associate’s degree, and 25% of residents have a bachelor’s degree. Another 12% of residents have a master’s degree or a higher degree.
As for ethnicity, 57% of residents are White, and 36% of residents are Hispanic. 3% of the population is Asian, and 2% of residents are biracial or multiracial. Another 2% of the population come from other ethnic backgrounds.
The median individual income in the city is $30K, and the median household income is $81K. The poverty rate tracks around 11.5%, and the unemployment rate is estimated at 3.1%.
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San Juan Capistrano receives a great deal of sunny weather, and residents enjoy moderate temperatures. To give a more specific idea of what type of temperatures to expect in this area of California, temperatures usually range between 49°F and 78°F throughout the year.
San Juan Capistrano receives less precipitation per year than is average for California, seeing as this city receives an average of 13 inches of rain annually. Residents can expect around 22 rainy days each year.
San Juan Capistrano’s average humidity is 80.10%. To compare, this is slightly under California’s average humidity of 80.36%, but the percentage tracks over the national average.
Like all Orange County cities, San Juan Capistrano is prone to earthquakes and seismic activity. However, earthquakes are not considered a major threat, and the city is ranked at #698 in California with an earthquake index rating of 12.04. This puts the city well below the California average rating of 21.80.
Tsunamis are another potential natural disaster in San Juan Capistrano. Earthquakes in other parts of California, or even as far afield as South America, can cause tsunamis to hit the coast. These waves can destroy property and can pose a real threat to residents.
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San Juan Capistrano residents 25 years of age and over have a mean travel time of 22.6 minutes, which is notably lower than California’s median of a little over half an hour.
There are 2 main roads that are found in San Juan Capistrano. Interstate 5 cuts through the city’s center, and Ortega Highway also makes its way through the city. These roadways make traveling along the coast and throughout Orange County relatively convenient for residents. Additionally, Pacific Coast Highway is located just south of the city.
It takes about 25 minutes to reach Irvine by car from San Juan Capistrano, and Santa Ana is similarly 30 minutes away.
The safest neighborhoods in San Juan Capistrano are located on either end of the town. Golden Ridge Lane/Hunt Club Drive in the north and Calle Delgado/Via De Agua in the south are both considered to be the safest neighborhoods. The city center also has a low crime rate and is one of the more expensive parts of San Juan Capistrano.
Although the city has some neighborhoods with lower rates of crime than others, it’s a safe city on the whole with a very low average crime rate. The city has 54% crime than the national average, including 39% less violent crime and 56% less property crime.
The city council of San Juan Capistrano meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 4PM and 5PM.
Council member elections take place during regular state and national elections. Elected city council members serve for 4 year terms of office, and 1 member is elected for each of San Juan Capistrano’s 5 districts.
San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce works to support the city’s active and vibrant business environment through consistent engagement and events. Members benefit from monthly networking mixers, advertising platforms, promotional benefits, and other bonuses.
The chamber’s core values include promoting the community, representing businesses, and providing opportunities for members to grow their businesses.
San Juan Capistrano’s mayor is elected on an annual basis by the city council among current council members. The city’s mayor works alongside a mayor pro tem and is elected during the first council meeting in December.
Alongside the city council, the mayor oversees policies and city ordinances among other responsibilities such as approving the city’s annual budget.
San Juan Capistrano Population 2020
Almost 36,000 people live in San Juan Capistrano. The population in 2010 was reportedly 34,263. The city’s 10 year growth rate is 4.7%, which breaks down into an annual growth rate of 0.67%.
52.15% of the city’s population is female, which equals an estimated 18,748 residents. Another 17,204 residents are men, which accounts for 47.85% of the population.
San Juan Capistrano’s median resident age is 43 years old. Specifically, about 20% of the population is less than 18 years old. Another 17% of residents are 20-34. Over 35% of the population is between 35-64. Additionally, about 18% of residents are over 65.
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San Juan Capistrano Diversity 2020
San Juan Capistrano’s population is 72% White residents, 3.9% biracial or multiracial residents, and 2.5% Asian residents. Another 1% of the population is Black or African American, while almost 20% of the population identifies as another ethnicity.
English is the most common language to hear in this city, since 67% of residents only speak English. However, another 29% of residents are fluent in Spanish. Meanwhile, 1.3% of residents speak another Indo-European language.
About 38% of residents have Hispanic or Latino heritage. 13% of residents have German ancestry, while other common backgrounds include Irish, Italian, and French. Over 20% of the city’s population was born outside of the country.
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San Juan Capistrano Education 2020
San Juan Capistrano students are welcome to attend 6 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 6 high schools found within the city’s borders. For reference, 92% of local students attend public schools.
84.4% of residents over 25 years old are high school graduates. The city’s high school dropout rate is 16%, which tracks over the national rate.
Over 20% of residents have attended some college courses. From there, about 6% of San Juan Capistrano’s population has earned an associate’s degree. Another 37% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, and around 13% have a graduate degree or a professional degree. Another 5% of the city’s residents hold a doctorate degree.
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SCHOOLS IN San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano’s students are served by Capistrano Unified School District, which is known as one of the largest school districts in not just the county, but also the state.
A large number of CUSD campuses are Golden Bell winning programs, California Distinguished Schools, and National Blue Ribbon Schools. Additionally, Niche.com ranks Capistrano Unified School District as the #7 best school system in Orange County and as #51 out of 487 school districts in the state. Similarly, this district’s athletic programming and teachers are also among the most top-rated in California.
Of the 33 elementary schools in this district, 2 are in Rancho Santa Margarita. Out of 10 middle schools, Rancho Santa Margarita includes 1 campus, and other schools are short drives from the city. CUSD has 4 high school campuses, and as with middle schools, these impressive high schools are within convenient commuting distance.
Public schools aside, local private schools are also impressive options for San Juan Capistrano students.
San Juan Capistrano Housing 2020
The median property value in San Juan Capistrano is estimated to be a little over $623K, which is not too high on a state-wide level, but still is one of the higher median values on a national level.
Real estate ranges a great deal in the city. 6.4% of properties are worth under $242K, and 10.8% are worth between $242K-$363K. Another 8.6% of properties vary between $363K-$484K, and 13.3% range from $484K-$605K. The majority of properties at 24.4% are priced between $605K-$908K. 15.6% of real estate is priced between $908K-$1.2 million, and 20.9% of properties are worth over $1.2 million.
Between December 2009 and December 2019, San Juan Capistrano real estate appreciated a total of 50.42%, which equals an average annual appreciation rate of 4.17%. This impressive number means that buying real estate in this city has a habit of paying off fairly well.
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San Juan Capistrano is known for having one of the widest varieties of housing options in Orange County in terms of age, architecture, and price points. 26.1% of housing options are rented, and 73.9% of properties are owner-occupied residences.
6.1% of properties in the city have 1 bedroom layouts, and 27.6% have 2 bedroom layouts. 34.5% of housing options have 3 bedrooms, and 22.6% have 4 bedrooms. Another 9.2% of residences have 5 or more bedrooms.
70.9% of properties were built between 1970-1999, and 18.5% of residences were constructed between 1940-1969. Another 2% of housing options were built in or before 1939, and 8.6% of properties class as new construction.
64% of San Juan Capistrano housing options are single family detached homes, and about 20% of housing options are condominiums and attached properties. 10% of residences are small apartment buildings, and around 6% of options are larger apartment complexes.
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San Juan Capistrano Economy 2020
San Juan Capistrano’s per capita income is $47K. To give an idea of the city’s level of affluence, the average salary in San Juan Capistrano is almost $97K, while the median household income tracks at $87K.
This city’s unemployment rate is 2.8%, and an estimated 9.7% of residents live in poverty. For reference, about 5% of the population makes under $15K annually. 12% of residents earn $15K-$25K, and 11% earn $25K-$35K.
Another 26% of San Juan Capistrano residents earn between $35K-$65K annually. Meanwhile, 6.6% of residents make $65K-$75K. Over 10% of the population earns $75K-$100K, while 28% makes over $100K each year.
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Cost of Living
While housing is more expensive in San Juan Capistrano, other expenses such as healthcare, groceries and miscellaneous utilities are on par with the California average. However, housing in the city is definitely a major expense. In fact, it’s the main factor in why the cost of living is so much higher than the state average.
Both buying and renting are more expensive in San Juan Capistrano. A single-family home costs about $180,000 more than the California average. Renting a two-bedroom property is over $500 more expensive than the state average, and a four-bedroom is nearly $900 more.
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San Juan Capistrano includes one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the state, Los Rios. Central districts feature adobe homes built during the 18th century, while other neighborhoods feature more modern architecture.
On the whole, northern neighborhoods are more expensive and have a median real estate price of $1.7 million. This is more costly than 96.3% of residential areas in the state and 99.3% of neighborhoods nationally.
Central neighborhoods have a lower cost of living, seeing as the median real estate price in the center of the city is $905K. This still tracks as being more expensive than 96% of neighborhoods in the state and 94.4% of neighborhoods in the U.S.
Lastly, with a median real estate price of $623K, western neighborhoods have the lowest cost of living. This ranks as being more affordable than 50.3% of residential areas in California, though still is more costly than 83.7% of neighborhoods in the country.