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Dana Point

Dana Point, California

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Dana Point
      County FIPS: 
    33°28′2″N 117°41′53″W
      Area total: 
    6.75 sq mi (17.49 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.49 sq mi (16.80 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.26 sq mi (0.68 km²)
    144 ft (44 m)
    Incorporated January 1, 1989
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Dana Point, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,102.81 residents per square mile of area (1,970.18/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Dana Point is a city in southern Orange County, California, United States. The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which was in turn named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. Dana described the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot on the coast" It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing. The harbor, built in the 1960s and dedicated on July 31, 1971, is home to a marina, shops, and restaurants, and is a point of departure for the Catalina Express, a transportation service to and from the City of Avalon on Catalina Island. The Strands at Headlands is a luxury housing development built on land that was originally part of the Chandler Family holdings. For decades the land facing the beach was home to the Dana Strand Beach and Tennis Club, a mobile home community that closed in the late 1980s. In 2006, the developer agreed to build over $11 million worth of public improvements to provide easier access to Strands Beach. The current vintage nautical style is being abandoned for a Tech Minimalist concept using metal roofs as well as Minimalists landscaping. The original high-density plan for the bluff top-story hotel on the bluff was reduced in scope to just over 100 units in 2006. After extensive infrastructure construction, the lots were offered for sale in fall of 2006.


Dana Point is the primary city name, but also Monarch Bay, Monarch Beach are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Dana Point, California. Dana Point was a popular port for ships involved with the hide trade with nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. The harbor, built in the 1960s and dedicated on July 31, 1971, is home to a marina, shops, and restaurants. The entire harbor of Dana Point, including the Embarcadero Marina shops and restaurants, is set for complete demolition and redevelopment. The Strands at Headlands is a luxury housing development built on land that was originally part of the Chandler Family holdings. For decades the land facing the beach was home to the Dana Strand Beach and Tennis Club, a mobile home community that closed in the late 1980s. The current vintage nautical style is being abandoned for a Tech Minimalist concept using metal roofs as well as Minimalists landscaping. The development has provided much easier access to the beach below and allows visitors to easily access the Strands beach and easily access other parts of the Orange County coast. The community is subject to the eroding bluffs of Niguel Shores, which are subject to a Mello-Roos assessment, pay for the upkeep of the beach and beach improvements. In 1928, a corporate entity of the American industrial giant Edward Doheny built his fortune in Southern California and a number of lots in Mexico. The Doheny family built a large number of homes in Caprano, California, in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1950s, the Doheny company purchased a number. of lots of Caprano Beach, California and built a home there. The homes are currently priced above $10,000, with most of the lots for sale in the fall.


Dana Point is located 59 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and 65 miles northwest of San Diego. The city is bordered by San Clemente to the southeast, San Juan Capistrano to the northeast, Laguna Beach to the northwest, and Laguna Niguel to the north. The Dana Point headlands are a prominent feature in Orange County geography and after years of controversy, are currently being developed as a 118-house gated community. 68 acres (280,000 m2) of the site is open to the public and features a nature center and walking trails exhibiting "lost" plants of the Southern California coast. Annual rainfall (with almost all of it falling between November and March) is about 12 inches but is highly variable from year to year. Frost is extremely rare, allowing for a year-round growing season. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 79 °F (26 °C). The coldest month is December with anAverage maximum temperature in Dana Point is 65 degrees Fahrenheit (20 °C) The city has a total area of 29.5 square miles (76 km²) according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and 23.0 square miles of it (77.96%) is water. It has a mild climate with temperatures that tend to average around the 70s (Fahrenheit) per year. It is located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay, with views of Catalina Island and La Jolla.


As of the census of 2000, there were 35,110 people, 14,456 households, and 9,280 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0,1% Pacific Islander, 5.9% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. The 2010 United States Census reported that Dana Point had a population of 33,351. In the city, the population was spread out, with 5,959 people (17.9%) under the age of 18, 2,522 people (7.6%) aged 18 to 24, 8,261 people (24.8%) aged 25 to 44, 10,927 people (32.8) aged 45 to 64, and 5,682 people (17.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The city had a median household income of $80,938, with 8.4 per cent of the population living below the federal poverty line. There were 15,682 housing units at an average density of 2,362.8 per square mile (912.3/km²), with 19,419 people (58.2%) living in owner-occupied housing units and 13,691 people (41.1%) lived in rental housing units. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population will rise to 33,107 by 2020.

Arts and culture

Dana Point is home to the longest running Festival of Whales in the World that started in 1971. The Tall Ships Festival is considered the largest annual gathering of its kind on the West Coast of the United States. The high cliffs at Dana Point are popular for scanning the horizon for whales, dolphins and other marine life. With the kelp beds located just offshore, Dana Point is a popular destination for snorkelers, fisherman, and spearfishers. Juvenile great white sharks sometimes congregate in the area, but are rarely a threat to humans, mostly feeding on fish. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Turkey Trot, which includes a 5K, 10K and Kids Gobble Wobble race for ages 512. Dana Point was voted as a top destination for Thanksgiving by Fodor's Magazine. It was trademarked as the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® in 2019 and Dana Point will be named a Whale Heritage Site in 2021. It is defined as an outstanding location where cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are embraced through the cultural, economic, social, and political lives of associated communities, and where people and ceaceans coexist in an authentic and respectful way. It has been voted as the destination of the year by's Travel Channel. It also has been named the number one destination for travel in the U.S. by the Travel Channel’s Travel Channel Blog. It will also be named the No. 1 destination for holidaymakers in the world in 2019.


Dana Point is a general law city governed as a council-manager form of government. The city council has five council members, who are elected by area by registered voters of the city. As a legislative body, the city council is responsible for the enactment of local laws (ordinances) and the adoption of the annual city budget and capital improvement program. Dana Point has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential and gubernatorial election as of 2020. As of February 10, 2019, Dana Point had 21,844 registered voters. Of those, 9,308 (42.61%) are registered Republicans, 5,758 (26.36%) is registered Democrats, and 5,681 have declined to state a political party/are independents. The mayor presides over city council meetings, represents the city Council at various business and ceremonial events, and executes all city ordinances, resolutions, and contracts. The 2021 city council roster is as follows: Jamey Federico, Mayor; Joseph L. Muller, Mayor Pro Tem; Richard A. Viczorek, Council Member; Michael Villar, Council Members; and Mike Frost, Council member. In the California State Legislature, Dana point is in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen, and in the 73rd Assembly District,represented by Republican Laurie Davies. in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dana Point is in California's 49th congressional district, represented in the House by Democrat Mike Levin. In California, the mayor pro tem performs these duties in the absence of the mayor. Individually, Arnold Schwarzenegger received 8,862 votes.


The city is served by Capistrano Unified School District. Dana Hills High School, one of the oldest high schools in the area, opened in 1972. The cross country program at Dana Hills high School won California state titles in 1988, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The city is also home to the San Juan Islands Air Force Base, which was founded in the early 1900s. The airport is located on San Juan Island, which is part of the San Diego County Air Force Reserve Base. The San Diego Air Force base was established in the mid-19th century. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is known as the "Gateway to the West" for its proximity to San Diego. The U.S. Air Force bases in San Diego and San Francisco are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The base is also known as "TheGateway" because it was built in the late 19th century and early 20th century by the Air Force. It was the site of the first air base in California, which opened in 1883. The station is located at the base's base and is located near the town of Dana Hills, where the city's high school is located. The district also has a base at the San Ysidro Airport, where it opened in the 1950s and was the first high school in the region. The town is home to a number of community colleges, including the University of California, San Diego, San Francisco, and the California Institute of Technology.

Emergency services

Fire protection in Dana Point is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Doctor's Ambulance. Year-round marine safety services are provided by (U.S. Ocean Safety Lifeguards) now called O C lifeguards, on the county beaches, and California state lifeguards on the state beaches. Law enforcement is provided. by theOrange County Sheriff's Department. The town is located on the banks of the Santa Ana River. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The city has a population of 2,000,000 and is home to the San Onofre State Park, which was built in the early 1900s. It was named after an early settler of the town, who is believed to have been the first European to arrive in the area in the 17th century. It has been the site of many major events, including the opening of the San Siro and the first San Francisco Giants game in the 19th Century. It also hosts the San Fransisco Giants baseball stadium, which opened in 1913. The San Francisco and San Diego Giants baseball teams have a long history, dating back to the early 20th century, and the San Diego Padres baseball team, which began playing there in the 1930s. The Giants won the World Series in 1936 and the World Cup in the 1940s. In the 1950s and 1960s, the city hosted the Winter Olympics, which were held in San Francisco.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Dana Point, Orange County, California = 4.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 65. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Dana Point = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 33,107 individuals with a median age of 43.2 age the population grows by 2.69% in Dana Point, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,102.81 residents per square mile of area (1,970.18/km²). There are average 2.43 people per household in the 14,695 households with an average household income of $77,470 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.86%. The number of physicians in Dana Point per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Dana Point = 12.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 35. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 275. 76 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 43 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 55, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Dana Point, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 56.27%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 29 years with median home cost = $561,330 and home appreciation of -12.15%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.36 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,918 per student. There are 23.5 students for each teacher in the school, 7166 students for each Librarian and 1414 students for each Counselor. 8.58% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 25.21% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 15.74% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Dana Point's population in Orange County, California of 6,074 residents in 1900 has increased 5,45-fold to 33,107 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.79% female residents and 50.21% male residents live in Dana Point, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Dana Point, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 43.35% are single population.

  • 31 minutes is the average time that residents in Dana Point require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.04% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.23% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.44% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 6.17% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Dana Point, Orange County, California, 56.27% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.02% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.71% are vacant.

  • The 43.74% of the population in Dana Point, Orange County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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