|San Jacinto, California|
|Riverside County and the state of California|
|- City||25.3 sq mi (65.5 km²)|
|- Land||24.9 sq mi (64.5 km²)|
|- Water||0.4 sq mi (1 km²)|
|- Density||939.9/sq mi (363/km²)|
San Jacinto is located at GR1.(33.787119, -116.966672)
The City of San Jacinto is seeing a mass move to the San Jacinto Valley (see Hemet and Valle Vista). As of the 2003-2004 Annual Report, released Fall 2004, the population has grown to 26,041. There is an expected population growth of 35,000 by 2008.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 23,779 people, 8,314 households, and 5,836 families residing in the city. The population density was 368.6/km² (954.6/mi²). There were 9,476 housing units at an average density of 146.9/km² (380.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.34% White, 2.65% African American, 2.34% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 19.52% from other races, and 4.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.30% of the population.
There were 8,314 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.41.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males. San Jacinto has a large senior citizen (over age of 55) community, includes the Soboba Country Club east of town.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,627, and the median income for a family was $34,717. Males had a median income of $31,764 versus $25,392 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,265. About 15.2% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.6% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over, may include the casino-enriched Soboba Indian Reservation.
The city of San Jacinto was founded in 1870, and was incorporated on April 9th, 1888, making it one of the oldest cities in Riverside County(actually predating the County itself, which was created by the division of northern San Diego County and part of what is now San Bernardino County in May 1893) . The city was struck by two large earthquakes, one on Christmas day, 1899, and the other on April 21, 1918.
In 1937, San Jacinto was the end point for the longest uninterrupted airplane flight to that point: Mikhail Mikhailovich Gromov's 6262 mile polar flight from Moscow USSR in an Antonov ANT-25 on July 15th. This flight was part of the Soviets push to improve morale in the USSR by earning milestones in flight records.There is a stone marker commemorating this event erected in the early 1950's by the fraternal group E Clampus Vitus and the Riverside County Department of Transportation located on Cottonwood Avenue just west of Sanderson Road in west-central San Jacinto.
The San Jacinto Police Department was disbanded in June 2004 over the objections of residents, who claimed that losing local control of certain city services(regardless of cost) is tantamount to disincorporation, a claim that city officials deny;the City now has a 5-year contract with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.A similar event occurred a year earlier when the city's Fire Department was disbanded in favor of a money-saving contract with Cal-Fire(acting as the Riverside County Fire Department).
The City is rapidly expanding its shopping choices for its residents, with the opening of the largest Wal-Mart Supercenter in the state (on San Jacinto Ave, aka State Highway 79) in May 2007.
The City also opened a new Stater Bros. near the corner of Ramona Expressway and State Street.