San Diego Population 2024

San Diego population

San Diego is a city of state California. The city is located in south of California on the border with Mexico. It has population over 1.4 million, which accounts for 3.5% of the state population. The city is best known as “the birthplace of California” because it was the first European landfall and the first European. San Diego ranks the second most populous city in California and 8th largest city by population in US.

Based on our research, San Diego population will reach 1.52 million by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.09% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of San Diego

Looking back last twelve years of San Diego’s population, the growth rate is slow but consistent ranging from 0.76% to 1.55%, adding around 11,000 to 21,000 people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to San Diego to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other cities in California, San Diego growth rate is pretty much well above with the state average.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 1,321,000 n/a
2012 1,339,000 1.36%
2013 1,358,000 1.42%
2014 1,379,000 1.55%
2015 1,391,000 0.87%
2016 1,407,000 1.15%
2017 1,428,000 1.49%
2018 1,439,000 0.77%
2019 1,456,000 1.18%
2020 1,467,000 0.80%
2021 1,480,896 0.95%
2022 1,492,860 0.81%
2023 1,504,770 0.80%

Demographics of San Diego

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 49.6 percent of the San Diego population is male and 50.4 percent are female. Average age of a San Diego resident is 35 years old, with 25 percent of its residents under the age of 20 and only 12 percent age 65 and over.

The race distribution in San Diego are: White (44.5%), Hispanic (44.5%), Asian and Pacific Islander (16%), Black (6.9%), American Indian (0.4%), Other(4.0%).
San Diego is a multicultural city. More than 100 languages are spoken by San Diego residents whose families have come from all parts of the world.

The top five languages (other than English) spoken in San Diego are: Spanish (43.6%), Asian Languages (7.90%), Pacific Islander languages (7.90%), other languages (1.3%). As you can see Spanish dominate the non-English speaking Language in San Diego.

The religious makeup of San Diego according to Pew Research Center is: 68% of the population of the city identified themselves as Christians, with 22% professing attendance at a variety of churches that could be considered Protestant, and 32% professing Roman Catholic beliefs while 27% claim no religious affiliation. Other religions (including Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism) make up about 5% of the population.

Population Density of San Diego

San Diego’s population density is 1,670 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most densely populated major cities in America.

Facts About San Diego

  1. San Diego has been called “the birthplace of California”.
  2. San Diego is one of the top-ten best climates in the Farmers’ Almanac.
  3. San Diego airport is the busiest single runway airport in the U.S.
  4. San Diego airport is the busiest single runway airport in the U.S.
  5. Compared to all other California cities, San Diego produces the most avocados.
  6. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made history by flying from San Diego to New York and then onto Paris non-stop.
  7. The world’s oldest active-sailing ship, the Star of India, ports in San Diego.
  8. As of December 2012, San Diego has the third-largest homeless population in the United States.


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