City of Spring Valley
Population : 28,085 (2007)
Median Income: $ 60,745 (2009)
Elevation : 390 ft (119 m)
Land: 7.23 Square Miles
Water: 0.2 Square Miles
Area Code: 619
Zip Code: 91976, 91977, 91978, 91979
Highest: 74-64 *F
Lowest: 55-44 *F
John Wayne Airport: 94.1 Mi.
LAX Airport : 132 Mi.
Ontario Airport : 118 Mi.
Spring Valley is an unincorporated community in San Diego
County, California. The community includes the neighborhood of La Presa and part
of the neighborhood of Casa de Oro (which extends into La Mesa). The United
States Census Bureau has divided Spring Valley into two census-designated places
(CDPs), Spring Valley and La Presa. The population of Spring Valley was 59,384
at the 2000 census. This figure combines the population of the Spring Valley CDP
(26,633) and the La Presa CDP (32,721). There are claims that the Greater Spring
Valley area has over 100,000 residents although this claims large areas that are
actually unincorporated parts of La Mesa and El Cajon.
Spring Valley is named for the natural spring located there.
It was long the home of the Kumeyaay tribe, who called it Neti or Meti. Spanish
conquerors drove off the natives and used the area for cattle, calling it El
aguaje de San Jorge (St. George's Spring). In 1863 Judge Augustus S. Ensworth of
San Diego filed a claim for a 160 acre (647,000 m²) ranch that included the
spring. The ranch, and the small adobe house he built there, were sold to Rufus
King Porter and later to historian Hubert Howe Bancroft. The adobe is now a
National Historic Landmark.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) places Spring
Valley at 32°44′41″N 116°59′56″W / 32.74472°N 116.99889°W / 32.74472;
-116.99889 (32.7447740, -116.9989160). This is near the intersection of Kenwood
Drive and Helix Street. Most maps place Spring Valley at this location.
The United States Census Bureau places Spring Valley at
32°44′4″N 116°58′53″W / 32.73444°N 116.98139°W / 32.73444; -116.98139
(32.734318, -116.981372), which is approximately two miles southeast of where
the USGS places it. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a
total area of 19.3 km² (7.4 mi²). 18.7 km² (7.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km²
(0.2 mi²) of it (2.82%) is water.