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A+ Santee Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santee Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than California
13232% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santee cost of living
B+ Santee Crime Total crime is 41% lower than California
Total crime
1,74337% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5837% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Santee crime
C Santee Employment Household income is 21% higher than California
Median household income
$77,46040% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,6116% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% higher than the US average
Santee employment
D+ Santee Housing Home value is 11% lower than California
Median home value
$363,00097% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,46755% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%10% higher than the US average
Santee real estate or Santee rentals
C- Santee Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than California
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%1% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Santee K-12 schools or Santee colleges

Living in Santee, CA

Santee, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 56,839 residents. With a population density of 3,409 people per square mile, Santee is well above the nation's average density level. At 82%, the majority of the Santee population is White; this is followed by 5% Asian and 2% Black. 76% of the people in Santee (over the age of 15) are married and 57% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Santee is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Santee and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, education, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Santee is 75/100 and the city is ranked in the 82nd percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, Santee ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we take a closer look at each of the categories individually, we see that Santee ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and weather (A). Unfortunately for Santee, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Santee on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Creation and Earth History Museum, Santee Drive-In, and Santee Lakes.

Santee real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Santee. Median real estate prices in Santee come in at $363,000, which is 11.3% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Santee, the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 26.6% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Santee will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Santee, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.4%.

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Compare Santee, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Santee, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carmel Valley, San Diego8213.939,559
Sabre Springs, San Diego819.114,559
University City, San Diego7912.950,132
Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego7911.763,341
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Carlos, San Diego795.714,460
Del Cerro, San Diego786.76,238
Mira Mesa, San Diego789.771,228
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego7714.21,083

Best Cities Near Santee, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Solana Beach, CA8518.413,312
Del Mar, CA8117.74,312
Encinitas, CA802162,160
Coronado, CA8016.424,852
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carlsbad, CA7929.7112,008
Granite Hills, CA785.93,071
Rancho Santa Fe, CA78172,763
Mount Laguna, CA7732.613

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Come Home To Beautiful Santee, CA

Having lived in Santee, CA, I can tell you that it's not a tourist town, but there are definitely some great things to do. With only about 53,000 people, the city of Santee has a nice small town feel to it, with tight knit communities. In the summer time, you can feel the city come alive, with all the great entertainment and outdoor activities. If you like the suburbs, and enjoy the outdoors, then you'll definitely like living in Santee.

Do you enjoy golfing? If so, then head over to the Carlton Oaks Golf Course. The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, with lazy creeks and peaceful lakes, surrounded by rolling hills. There's also a lodge there, if you wish to stay overnight, but I really didn't care for it. The rooms are a bit outdated, and the food was just OK. There are plenty of other things to do though. In the summer time, there are free concerts in the park that are a blast. You can also go rock climbing at the Santee Boulders, or camping and fishing at Santee Lakes Regional Park. In the fall there's the Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival, with fun activities for the whole family.

If you're thinking about moving to Santee, you won't regret it. Aside from the outdoor activities, you'll find plentiful shopping at the Trolley Square, which has all of the top name brand stores. There's also an abundance of places to eat. You'll find plenty of local restaurants as well as the usual franchise chains. If you're in the mood for steak, I recommend Pinnacle Peak. Their prices are really affordable, and their cowboy steaks are delicious. The only thing lacking about this city is the nightlife, though there are about a hand full of clubs that are pretty fun and trendy.
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Source: The Santee, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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