Unincorporated: Crest-Dehesa

The Crest, Granite Hills, Dehesa, Harbison Canyon subregion is located in the southwest quadrant of San Diego County. The area consists of approximately 33 square miles including the communities of Crest, Granite Hills, Dehesa and Harbison Canyon. Included within the area, but autonomous, is the 640 acres Sycuan Indian Reservation. The subregion is bordered by Lakeside to the north, Alpine to the east, Jamul to the south and El Cajon to the west. The area is geographically diverse, containing within its boundaries, steep mountains, massive rock formations, rolling hills, open valleys and deep canyons. The Sweetwater River system with its tributaries (North Fork, Sycuan Creek, Harbison Canyon Creek) as well as Forester Creek, which drains to the San Diego River, are all within the Plan Area. A variety of flora and fauna exists and archaeological formations, especially those relating to Indian settlements, abound.

Dehesa was originally homesteaded in the 1860s and became known for its extensive production of grapes, olives and fruits. The ridge-top community of Crest was developed as a planned cabin subdivision (Suncrest) in the 1920s. Harbison Canyon, located in the upper reaches of Dehesa Valley, was developed as a recreational subdivision in 1926. Granite Hills is almost built-out at rural densities and it forms an effective transition between the estate and rural uses in the Subregion and the highly urbanized City of El Cajon.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort descending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 15.8% 63 Middle
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 0.4 114 Bottom
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 90.1% 79 Middle
Age of Housing Housing 55.8% 85 Middle
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health 3.2% 20 Top
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Commute Mode Share Transportation 14.3% 67 Middle
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 61.2% 34 Top
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 30.5% 23 Top
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 88.0% 38 Top
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 24.9% 138 Bottom
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 59.5% 37 Top
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 8.2% 134 Bottom
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.1% 44 Top
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.2 40 Top
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 8.7 90 Middle
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 29.8 132 Bottom
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 31.3% 135 Bottom
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 14.9% 115 Bottom
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 55.3% 91 Middle
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 89.9% 23 Top
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 6.4% 65 Middle
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards -% - Data N/A
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 7.2 128 Bottom
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 25.2 61 Middle
Tree Cover Natural Areas 0.7% 98 Middle
Vacancy Rates Housing 6.9% 64 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 9.9 89 Middle
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 81.9% 27 Top
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics -3.1 126 Bottom