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Population

City of San Diego Population Pie Chart: White - 44.5%, Hispanic - 28.3%, Asian and Pacific Islander - 16.0%, Black - 6.9%, American Indian - 0.4%, Other - 4.0%
City of San Diego Population
Race and Ethnicity, Aug 2010
Source: SANDAG

Because of San Diego's proximity to Mexico, the region is becoming increasingly bicultural, and the city is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places in the nation. More than 100 languages are spoken by San Diego residents who have come from all parts of the world to live here. The median age of San Diego's population is 35.6, with over 1/4 under the age of 20 and only 11 percent over 65.

  • With more than 1.37 million people, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California.
  • The population of San Diego has grown steadily over the years, but the City's Transit-Oriented Development plans for a compact land use pattern with housing, public parks, plazas, jobs, and services located along key points on the transit system. For more information, view the Transit-Oriented Development Design Guidelines (PDF).
  • By 2020, the City's population is forecast to be 1.54 million, with 3.54 million people in the entire county. By 2030, the City's population is forecast to be 1.69 million, with 3.54 million people in the county. By 2040, the City's population is forecast to be 1.82 million, with 4.16 million people in the county. By 2050, the City's population is forecast to be 1.95 million, with 4.38 million people in the county.

For more information about the population of San Diego, visit the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) website. SANDAG keeps track of census information for the region and provides population forecasts as well. The City of San Diego is a member of SANDAG.

(Updated March 1, 2011)