Santee, California

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Santee is a suburban city in eastern San Diego County, California. It is located 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which is easily accessible by State Route 52, a six-lane freeway that runs from Interstate 5 near La Jolla to State Route 67. In 2009, Santee had an estimated population of 58,044 residents, according to the California Department of Finance.[1] The city is bisected by the San Diego River, a linear greenbelt that includes more than 1,000 acres of natural riparian habitat through the center of the city. As of 2010, the city had completed about half of a 4-mile-long riverfront trail system that will eventually connect with trails in Lakeside and Mission Trails Regional Park.


Community Profile

In 2010 Santee was comprised of 19,272 households of which 64 percent had incomes greater than $45,000 annually. In 2009, the median household income was $78,872 per year, according to the San Diego Assocciation of Governments. Fifty-two percent of the city's population is female. The median age of all city residents is 38.3 years. Santee is one of the communities that collectively make up the informal designation of East County, along with Lakeside, El Cajon, and to a varying extent Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and La Mesa. It is a growing suburban community that in recent years has added upscale housing, a major corporate business park and expansive shopping centers, along with a destination recreational complex called Sportsplex USA Santee.[2]


The city is named after Milton Santee, second husband of Jennie Blodgett, whose first husband was George A. Cowles, a ranching pioneer in the San Diego area.[3]


Geographically, Santee shares the northern part of a valley with El Cajon. Hills form a natural barrier on its northern and western sides with Lakeside to its east. The city is bisected by four main thoroughfares: Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road traverse east and west, Magnolia Avenue and Cuyamaca Street north and south.

Public Facilities

Town Center Community park, a 55-acre park and sports field complex, which includes a major sports field complex operated by Sportsplex USA, and an aquatics center operated by the East County YMCA, dominates the heart of Santee. The first two phases of the park were completed in the fall of 2010. The $23.5 million facility was funded through a combination of redevelopment bonds, developer impact fees and grants.

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