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San Juan Capistrano, California

San Juan Capistrano is a city located in Orange County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 33,826.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Historical note


San Juan Capistrano is located at 33°29'58" North, 117°39'42" West (33.499493, -117.661614)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.1 km² (14.3 mi²). 36.8 km² (14.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.98% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 33,826 people, 10,930 households, and 8,197 families residing in the city. The population density is 919.1/km² (2,381.2/mi²). There are 11,320 housing units at an average density of 307.6/km² (796.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.47% White, 0.78% African American, 1.07% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 14.21% from other races, and 3.43% from two or more races. 33.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,930 households out of which 36.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% are non-families. 19.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.06 and the average family size is 3.45.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $62,392, and the median income for a family is $69,481. Males have a median income of $47,574 versus $34,821 for females. The per capita income for the city is $29,926. 10.7% of the population and 6.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.5% are under the age of 18 and 4.5% are 65 or older.

Historical note

San Juan Capistrano is the site of a Catholic mission for which it is named, Mission San Juan Capistrano (q.v.)