Santee is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The city is named after Milton Santee, second husband of Jennie Blodgett, whose first husband was George A. Cowles, a ranching pioneer in the San Diego area. As of 2006, Santee had a population of 54,709.
As of the census of 2000, there were 52,975 people, 18,470 households, and 14,018 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,273.6/km² (3,298.7/mi²). There were 18,833 housing units at an average density of 452.8/km² (1,172.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.70% White, 1.48% African American, 0.81% Native American, 2.55% Asian, 0.41% Pacific Islander, 4.03% from other races, and 4.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.36% of the population.
There were 18,470 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the city, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $53,624, and the median income for a family was $57,874. Males had a median income of $41,347 versus $30,187 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,311. About 3.8% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Santee is located in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Dennis Hollingsworth, and in the 77th Assembly District, represented by Republican Joel Anderson. Federally, Santee is located in California's 52nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +9 and is represented by Republican Duncan Hunter.
Santee has one major regional park, Santee Lakes. Santee Lakes consists of seven public lakes and has a campground and other amenities on site. Santee is also home to a popular Southern California rock climbing area.
Big Rock Park — Mast Park — Santee Mini-Park — Shadow Hill Park — Town Center Community Park — West Hills Park — Woodglen Vista Park & Skate Pocket
Santee has two school districts: Santee School District and Grossmont Union High School District. Unlike traditional school districts that operate with elementary schools (k-5) and middle schools (6-8), all schools in the Santee School District are kindergarten through eighth grade, but separate their campuses into "Elementary" (k-6) and "Junior High" (7-8), also having different schedules. West Hills High School was rated the best high school among the Grossmont Union High School District.
There are three highs schools in Santee. All are part of the Grossmont High School District.