San Clemente Information and Facts

A Brief History of San Clemente

The area on which San Clemente sits today was not inhabited until approximately 1776 when the Mission at San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Serra. Both Indians and Spanish settlers began to build and inhabit villages in the locale. Though the property of this area exchanged hands on a number of occasions, not much building was done until after 1925. At this time, Ole Hanson, a previous mayor of Seattle, Washington, bought the property in the area. He felt it was just the spot for those who yearned for the “country”life and slower pace. He named the area San Clemente. He used the name of the nearby San Clemente Island. This island was named by its discoverer, Vizcaino. The namesake was Saint Clement, who was the patron saint of November 23. This, of course, was the day Vizcaino had arrived on the island.

He had all the buildings in the area use a classic Spanish style utilizing the red tile roof which was characteristic of the Spanish influence. He promoted the city, which he called “San Clemente by the Sea”, successfully to many others who purchased properties here. The City was incorporated on 27 February 1928. The city maintained its lifestyle and slower pace until an event occurred in 1969 that brought the area national attention. This was the year in which President Nixon purchased a mansion in town which he designated the “Western White House.” The growth and view by others of San Clemente was great after the 60?s, though the small town atmosphere for which it was known did not change. It continues to be a great place to live and raise a family. It is a stable, as well as balanced, community, which exhibits much local pride. The residents love to claim they have the “world’s finest climate.”


Current population: over 49,936
% of population aged 0-18: 24.1%
Median household income: $63,507
Total households: 19,395
Average household size: 2.56
Range of rental prices for apartments:   Start at $1,000 per month and up
Range of home values: from low $400,000 to more than $4,000,000
Average Temperature January: high – 67, low – 44
Average Temperature July: high – 79, low – 60
Average yearly temperature: 67
Average Rainfall: 13.56 inches

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