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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  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 103,314. El Cajon is in San Diego County. Living in El Cajon offers residents an urban 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
103,314

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$403,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,185
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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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
    207.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    1
    6.1
  • Rape
    46
    40.7
  • Robbery
    156.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    396.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,438
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    396.4
    284

Residents

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

Working in El Cajon

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,445
National
$55,322
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The town is fine only it is a tax payers night mare. Sales taxes transfer to where ever you buy? Police run all operations tickets towing car storage parking courts judges (better be on our side our we will go public (judges offered gals, wine, bribes) so do not step out of line. Was once a RR town only had xxx rated movies and news racks with naked ladies butts in air. But did have a bowling alley. Its alright if you are a pro criminal who knows the dirt on each other! Cost over 9 hundred dollars to get my wives van from being impounded for out of date tags, wife told bu police they do not have to warn any more. Money collected not accounted for and sting operations run by police selling confiscated drugs to all who will buy them on and on.
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Although there are some very nice areas in the city of El Cajon, there are also many very crowded living spaces. Crime rates are high, the standard of living is low, and many many struggling families find themselves in living situations that are dangerous for a growing family yet difficult to escape. Housing and apartment rentals are very expensive and often multiple families need to crowd themselves into tiny living spaces in order to financially survive. These are the neighborhoods that tend to have fewer grocery stores and an abundance of liquor stores and tiny food marts that offer fewer fresh food options for families.
El Cajon, CA is a great city! I was born and raised in this town and know it mostly through my experience in my church. Going through the youth ministries of Foothills Christian Church of El Cajon, I got to actively serve my city through avenues of Teen Centers called Youth Venture, and different homeless ministries. By participating in these community services, I learned of where this city has come from. Twenty years ago it was well known as a city run by meth addictions. Because of the planting of various churches, there has been a lot of healing and help for those that are addicted to drugs. This city has grown more and more throughout the years in family owned and corporate businesses, church communities, through the high school districts and much more.