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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
El Cajon is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 103,285. El Cajon is in San Diego County. Living in El Cajon offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In El Cajon there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in El Cajon and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in El Cajon are above average.
About El Cajon...
Population
103,285

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$430,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,277
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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El Cajon Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    275.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    182.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    337.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,477.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    356
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in El Cajon

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,593
National
$55,322
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El Cajon Reviews

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El Cajon is certainly not the worst city, but it not a good place to live unless you have the money to live in the outskirts. There is a huge problem with methamphetamine usage and production in, and near, the city. There is also a large population of homeless people. While all sorts are represented, a disproportionately large percentage of the chronic homeless population here is white, young or middle-aged, and living with drug addiction problems. It is a sad state of affairs. It is generally a rundown and ugly city, the biggest attraction being a mall. The people are relatively unfriendly as well. The cost of rent is lower than many parts of San Diego County, but it is still extremely expensive for what are often poor to middling apartments, at best. The one bright spot in this darkness is that El Cajon boasts a large Chaldean (Iraqi Catholics) population. They bring a welcome taste of diversity in culture and food, and tend to make great neighbors in my experience.
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El Cajon is a diverse, growing, upbeat city. Lots of opportunity but requires a decent paycheck to afford housing. The public school system is great. In regards to food, you can find anything and everything here. Due to the diversity, you can choose from middle eastern food to an American cheeseburger. In addition to the diversity, different parts of the city are being renovated to ensure better living. If you're thinking about moving to El Cajon, prepare, prepare, prepare. Many people have made premature decisions and resulted in them not being able to afford the city.
There are many things I do like in El cajon. One thing is that it has many of different restaurants including different cultures such us chienese food, mexican food, and Middle Eastern. Also, it has great shopping and recreational areas. My best places to visit are Sycuan Casino and La Jolla Beaches. I like also the weather of El Cajon; it is relatively moderate. Furthermore, I love living in El Cajon because of the great diversity of the people here. It is a great community to live in and I am very happy to live here. There are also many schools in El Cajon that are very good. One change I like to see in El Cajon is that it would be nice if the arealooked better such as more trees and nature. Also, I would see a change in lights in the streets; they are little.