Located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, San Clemente is a coastal gem in southern Orange County. The city is well known for its beautiful beaches, unbelievable surfing, and breathtaking ocean views from the hillside above the city. The Spanish architecture that can be found throughout the community is the envy of surrounding cities, while lending itself to the slogan, “The Spanish Village by the Sea.” San Clemente is home to highly regarded schools, prestigious jobs at a number of local corporate headquarters, and unbeatable weather year round.

Places to see in San Clemente

San Clemente State Beach – Amazing beaches and San Clemente go hand in hand. The coastal city catches ideal swells all year from Trestles to Poche Beach and is home to world-renowned surfers and numerous surfing media publications. No beach captures this aspect of the city better than the San Clemente State Beach. The park features campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing, and much more.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens – Home to beautiful views both inside and out of the complex, Casa Romantica is a historic landmark in the city. The cultural center provides critically acclaimed events and programs for people of all ages in history, horticulture, arts, music, and literature.

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center – The rich surfing history of San Clemente is well-known throughout the area and readily apparent through the beautiful beaches and legendary surf shops. The Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center pays tribute to this history and how vital surfing has been to the growth of the city.

San Clemente Farmers Market – For over 20 years, San Clemente has been home to one of the most picturesque farmers markets in the country. Located on Avenida del Mar on Sunday mornings, the market features a wide range of local fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, and much more.

Popular Local Restaurants

Nick’s  – Modern American Cuisine
The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar – Seafood/Coastal Cuisine
South of Nick’s Mexican Kitchen and Bar – Modern Mexican Cuisine
Antoine’s Cafe – Breakfast and Brunch

Nearby Schools
Truman Benedict Elementary School
Concordia Elementary School
Vista Del Mar Elementary School
Bernice Ayer Middle School
Shorecliffs Middle School
Vista Del Mar Middle School
San Clemente High School

Full List of Schools in Capistrano Unified School District can be Found Here

San Clemente Real Estate Market: The median home value in San Clemente is approximately $843,400 (as of Decemeber 2016) while price per square foot is approximately $416. This is reasonably higher than the average price per square foot of $389 for the rest of the Long Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro area. The current housing market in the city is cold with a slow rise in home values in the past year. Since 2015, home values have risen just 1.4%. Movement is expected to plateau in the next year with a forecasted rise of just 1.8% before December of 2017.

San Clemente Rental Market: The average rent in San Clemente of $3,400. This is significantly higher than the average rent of $2,900 for the rest of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro area.

San Clemente Housing


Demographics and More

Zip Codes: 92672, 92673, 92674

Population: San Clemente has a population of 63,522 as of the last available census. The median age of residents is 39.7 years old. 49.4% of residents are male while 50.6% of residents are female.

Climate: San Clemente is located on the coast at the southern tip of Orange County. The city typically has a Mediterranean climate with very little change in temperature throughout the year. The coastal location causes warmer winter temperatures and cooler summer temperatures than inland cities. Temperatures average 70 degrees and rarely climb above 75 and below 65 degrees throughout the year.

San Clemente Weather


Crime: The overall crime rate in San Clemente is 72% lower than the national average, and safer than approximately 87% of the cities in California. Safety has become a matter of discussion in the city, however, as the number of crimes has increased by 12% from the previous year.

81% White (19.3% Hispanic)
3.4% Asian
1% African American
8.7% Other

Incorporated Date: February 28, 1928

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