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In the "Big Box Valley" of  former Spanish land grant Rancho El Cajon, Downtown El Cajon grew up at the corners of what are now Main Street  and Magnolia Avenue.

Overland travelers between San Diego and the East, as well as wagon teams supplying the 1870's gold mining operations in the mountains of Julian stopped here for food, rest and entertainment.

After years of decline, Downtown El Cajon is again offering shopping & dining to travelers and locals, adding concerts, theatre and festivals as well.

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El Cajon is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 94,869 at the 2000 census.

El Cajon is located at 32 47′54″N, 116 57′36″W (32.798300, -116.960055)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.7 km (14.6 mi), all land.

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 94,869 people, 34,199 households, and 23,152 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,514.0/km� (6,510.6/mi). There were 35,190 housing units at an average density of 932.5/km (2,415.0/mi). The racial makeup of the city was 74.00% White, 5.37% African American, 0.99% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 10.49% from other races, and 5.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.47% of the population.

There were 34,199 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,566, and the median income for a family was $40,045. Males had a median income of $32,498 versus $25,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,698. About 13.5% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Current estimates
According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of El Cajon in 2005 was $47,885 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $38,884.

High schools
Chaparral High School
Christian High School
El Cajon Valley High School
Granite Hills High School
Grossmont High School
Valhalla High School
Steele Canyon High School
Monte Vista High School
Grossmont Community College
Cuyamaca College
Kumeyaay Community College
San Diego Christian College
Southern California Seminary

Places of interest

Taylor Guitars
Gillespie Field

Famous Residents
Jimmie Johnson, NEXTEL Cup Champion and NASCAR Driver Brandon Whitt
Morris Skip Strode, former tennis player, reached 2 ATP finals
Brian Giles and Marcus Giles, Major League baseball players
Bret Boone, former American baseball player
Katie Wilkins, Team USA volleyball player
Lester Bangs, deceased rock critic

Cajon Classic Cruise
Every Wednesday Night

Cajon Classic Cruise, the largest weekly classic car show in Southern California, hits Main Street Downtown El Cajon for its 7th successful season. Stroll through El Cajon's historic district while enjoying the cars, the action, street vendors, food and live entertainment presented amidst a vibrant small town atmosphere.

88,000 people (10,000 alone on Thunder on Main Street Sponsored by Barona 1/8 Mile Drag Strip)

5,000 cars

1,000 bikes

In October, the Cajon Classic Cruise show also celebrated the holidays by hosting the first Trunk or Treat car show, where cars were invited to decorate their cars and hand out candy from the trunk of their car to local trunk-or-treaters. This Halloween car show attracted 4,000 people and 250 cars. In December, Santa led a classic car caravan down Main Street for the Parade of Lights. It was a great night of holiday cheer in Downtown El Cajon.

The El Cajon CDC is currently planning for an exciting 2007 season which will begin Wednesday, April 11 and will run through August 29.

The 6th Annual A Toast to Music
Saturday, June 30, 2007
5:00 - 8:00 pm
East County Performing Arts Center Plaza
A Toast to Music provides a sophisticated evening of food and wine tasting at the East County Performing Arts Center Plaza. With fine music in the background, the attendees can stop by more than 45 tasting stations.

Sold Out Crowd for the 5th Annual A Toast to Music
Hundreds of people gathered and moved eagerly around the courtyard of the East County Performing Arts Center, enjoying a beautiful evening out in Downtown El Cajon. On Saturday, August 12, 2006, a sold out crowd of 400 people supported the 5th annual A Toast to Music event, which raised $30,000 to support the El Cajon Community Development Corporation and the revitalization of Downtown El Cajon.

“I am very proud of this event, the CDC staff, the El Cajon Community and the $30,000 raised for the revitalization of Downtown El Cajon,” said Claire Carpenter, President and CEO. “The support for this event grows each year and I am amazed how many people attended. We could not do what we do without their support.”

Guests sampled 21 wineries from around the world, six San Diego breweries and 13 local restaurants. San Diego personality Russ T. Nailz, local Emmy winner, comedian and television personality, emceed the event by greeting guests and keeping the silent auction energy high. Guests were amazed at the number and variety of silent auction baskets, provided by over 100 donors and arranged by Katalac Gifts & Baskets, resulting in numerous bidding wars.

VIP guests and sponsors arrived an hour early to participate in a private premier wine tasting. They sipped a mix of red and white Italian wines of Arnaldo-Caprai, the 2005 award winning “Winery of the Year” by Gamberro Rosso Magazine. The VIP wine tasting was provided by wine educators Wing Tam of KIP’S Caf� and Peter Dapper of Amore Cheesecake and samples of fabulous food were provided by The Brigantine Restaurant.

Other high profile guests included Council Member Dick Ramos, Retired Police Chief Jim Davis, City Manager Kathi Henry, North Island Credit Union’s Chief Operating Officer Geri Dillingham, Cajon Valley Union School Board Member Jane Alfano, and Director of Housing and Redevelopment and Board Member David Cooksy. Other Board Members attending the event included Kirk Gentry, JoAnne Bushby, Debra Turner-Emerson, Victor Mosso, Stuart Wells, Theresa Favro, Claudia Goertz, Todd Keegan, Bobbi Pearson, and Jim Renner.

The event was nicely summarized by Chief Operating Officer Geri Dillingham of North Island Credit Union who said “I just wanted to congratulate you on the wonderful event. You made sure North Island was represented favorably and prominently, and it is clear that you are an asset to the East County community

The El Cajon CDC is excited to announce the premiere of our First Friday Concerts! For the first time this season, we are showing our support to local music by sharing our stage with some of San Diego’s talented young musicians every First Friday of our concert season. Accustomed to playing at venues such as House of Blues, Canes, and The Belly Up, we are fortunate to be a part of these musicians’ resumes. Ranging from solo acoustic musicians to full rock bands, Downtown El Cajon will be this summer’s hot spot for San Diego’s local talent. If you don’t believe us, check out their links listed below.

Concerts on the Green will be bringing song and dance to the Prescott Promenade every Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

El Cajon Community Development Corporation
Established in 1996, the El Cajon Community Development Corporation is a property based business improvement district funded, in part, by the City of El Cajon, the County of San Diego and the property owners of Downtown El Cajon.

El Cajon Recreation Department Online Registration
The El Cajon Recreations Department now offers the convenience of online registration for all of its classes! Click on the link above, or use the "e-Rec" icon on the Recreation home page to start your registration today.

East County Performing Arts Center
Referred to as ECPAC and known as the "Best Concert Hall" in the area, this prominent facility is located adjacent to the El Cajon City Hall building at 210 E. Main Street. Art Beat Management under contract with the City of El Cajon oversees the operation of ECPAC.

Grossmont Union High School District
Learn about many of the communities throughout East County. Information about the local shopping and theater events, health care, education, transportation and much more.

East County Career Center
The East County Career Center is a public non-profit agency located in the East County Regional Education Center with the California Employment Development Department.

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
Information from the East County Chamber of Commerce, for El Cajon and La Mesa.

City of El Cajon Municipal Code
Online version of the El Cajon Municipal Code.

Miss El Cajon Scholorship Association
Miss El Cajon and Miss El Cajon Teen are widely respected goodwill ambassadors for El Cajon. The goal of the Miss El Cajon Scholorship Association is to provide personal growth workshops and scholorships, and to help young women open up new frontiers so they can reach their academic and career goals while learning life skills.

Helix Water District
Helix Water District is a progressive industry leader, providing high quality water, through an efficient and reliable system.

Waste Management
Waste Management, Inc. is the franchised waste hauler for the City of El Cajon. Waste Management is dedicated to providing quality service to their customers, an effective recycling program and a commitment to safety. For all of your trash and recycling needs, please contact them directly.

COX Communications
With one of the highest-capacity and most reliable broadband delivery networks in the world, Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc. is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies, serving 6 million customers in more than 20 states.

Padre Dam Municipal Water District
The mission of Padre Dam Municipal Water District is to provide quality water, recycled water, park and recreational facilities, and wastewater management services for our customers.

Mother Goose Parade Association
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest, single-day event in San Diego County and one of the biggest parades of its kind in the United States. Each year, the parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon, California.

El Cajon Valley Lions Club
As part of the world's largest and most active service club organization, the El Cajon Valley Lions Club has been partnering with the El Cajon Community since 1947. One main focus of the Club is providing eye exams and glasses for underprivileged children in the East County and assistance for the vision impaired.

El Cajon Rotary Club
An association of some 30,000 autonomous clubs in more than 160 countries, Rotary International is one of the world's largest service organizations. The goal for a club's membership is an up-to-date and progressive representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests.

SBC Communications
SBC provides a full range of voice and data services to businesses and consumers.

Metro JPA
The Metropolitan Wastewater Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is a forward-looking colition of municipalities and special districts that share in the use of the City of San Diego's regional wastewater facilities.

Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP)
"Citizens helping Citizens in Crisis". TIP volunteers are called out by police, fire and hospitals to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of tragedy, and their families, in the first few hours after the crisis event.