City of Lemon Grove

The City of Lemon Grove is a community encompassing nearly four square miles with a population of approximately 26,000. Known for having the "Best Climate on Earth" (the City's motto), the City has comfortable temperatures throughout the year and mostly sunny days. The City is located in southeast San Diego County, east of the City of San Diego, and south of the City of La Mesa. State Route 94 forms its northern border and State Route 125 borders the City on the east. Lemon Grove benefits from an extensive public transportation network, with two major trolley stations and bus routes on four arterials. It has an interconnected street system, but a shortage of active transportation infrastructure. The walkable downtown business district is served by one of the light rail stations. Residential land use is primarily single family, but newer multifamily development has been focused around the central light rail station and the commercial center. The median household income in the City is approximately $50,000, compared to a median household income of approximately $65,000 overall in San Diego County. Nearly 30 percent of households in the City make less than $25,000, compared to about 20 percent of households in all of San Diego County. The City has higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes than other cities in the region, in part due to higher rates of obesity and overweight persons among both children and adults. A variety of factors in the built and socio-economic environment, including the structure of the City and its transportation network, demographic characteristics of the population, and access to healthy food and recreational opportunities, all contribute to existing health conditions.

While the percentage of deaths from cancer is lower in the City than in the County overall, the City is more impacted by diabetes and COPD/asthma than the rest of the County. While the incidence of chronic disease also appears to be decreasing over time, approximately half of the deaths in the City continue to be attributed to chronic disease.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort ascending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics -0.4 54 Middle
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 70.8% 110 Bottom
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 15.6 125 Bottom
Vacancy Rates Housing 4.4% 27 Top
Tree Cover Natural Areas 0.1% 138 Bottom
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 25.2 61 Middle
Transit Accessibility Transportation 27.7 60 Middle
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 9.1% 16 Top
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 22.5% 112 Bottom
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 90.5% 17 Top
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 57.6% 86 Middle
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 15.1% 116 Bottom
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 62.6% 57 Middle
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 102.7 39 Top
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 9.7 104 Bottom
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.8 82 Middle
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.9% 115 Bottom
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 5.4% 72 Middle
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 50.0% 124 Bottom
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 20.9% 58 Middle
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 66.4% 66 Middle
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 42.2% 103 Bottom
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 55.1% 89 Middle
Commute Mode Share Transportation 18.2% 44 Top
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health -0.2% 101 Bottom
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Age of Housing Housing 78.0% 131 Bottom
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 82.5% 111 Bottom
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 1.4 50 Top
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 26.7% 119 Bottom