El Cajon is a city in the East County area of San Diego County and is bordered by La Mesa, Santee, Spring Valley and an unincorporated section of San Diego County on the east. Just 15 miles east of the city of San Diego, El Cajon sits in a valley surrounded by mountains and encompasses 14.4 miles of land. It has a population of over 100,000 (California Department of Finance, 2011) and is the largest city in the East County section.
Highlights of El Cajon
El Cajon has a lot activity to offer its residents. Not only is it a short drive to downtown San Diego, it has a wonderful downtown area that offers a perfect combination of historic and more modern architecture. Downtown El Cajon has undergone a major revitalization over the past 10 years in an effort to make it more appealing in order to attract more business to the area. In fact the area received a National Main Street certification for its positive results.
There is a variety of art galleries, shopping and restaurants throughout downtown El Cajon. Known by the locals as “East County’s Cultural Zone,” El Cajon has a designated arts district which includes the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Art Center.
To keep the downtown area popular, there are always events on the Promenade including concerts every Friday between May and September as well as the weekly events tied to the Cajon Classic Cruise held every Wednesday.
In addition to the arts and culture, El Cajon is home to the nationally renowned Mother Goose Parade. This huge parade happens the Sunday before Thanksgiving and is the largest parade in San Diego County not to mention one of the largest in the country.
The Residents of El Cajon
El Cajon is a growing city with a population of about 100,000 people. Most of the people work in sales, administrative roles, service and professional positions. The median age is about 34 years old and the median household income is around $50,000.
Neighborhoods in El Cajon
Neighborhoods in El Cajon consist of homes of various sizes and price ranges. Some of the neighborhoods like Singing Hills, Avocado Estates, and Rancho San Diego feature gated communities. Other communities like Blossom Valley offer homes on multi-acre lots. Single family homes are priced anywhere from the mid-$200s to almost $2 million. Condominiums and townhomes are priced between the low-$100s to upper-$300s.
Living in El Cajon
Located just a short drive from downtown San Diego, El Cajon is an ideal spot for first time buyers, those wanting an upgrade, and those who want to escape the action of San Diego but still want the conveniences and amenities. With so many fun events, cultural attributes and reasonably priced homes, it is no wonder that people are discovering all that El Cajon has to offer.