|— census-designated place —|
|San Diego County and the state of California|
|• Total||13.569 sq mi (35.143 km2)|
|• Land||13.395 sq mi (34.693 km2)|
|• Water||0.174 sq mi (0.450 km2) 1.28%|
|Elevation||180 ft (55 m)|
|• Density||290/sq mi ( 110/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1660358|
The area known as Bonsall was originally called Mount Fairview, had a post office by that name from December 28, 1871 to December 28, 1880. It received a post office in 1881 under the name Osgood after California Southern Railroad chief engineer Joseph O. Osgood; the renaming was supposedly an unsuccessful attempt to convince Osgood to build the railroad through the San Luis Rey River valley (the rail line eventually followed the Santa Margarita River instead). Following a contest, the town was renamed Bonsall in 1890 after local minister James A. Bonsall.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35 km2). 13.4 square miles (35 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.28%) is water.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Bonsall had a population of 3,982. The population density was 293.5 people per square mile (113.3/km²). The racial makeup of Bonsall was 3,194 (80.2%) White, 67 (1.7%) African American, 28 (0.7%) Native American, 138 (3.5%) Asian, 10 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 376 (9.4%) from other races, and 169 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 893 persons (22.4%).
The Census reported that 3,967 people (99.6% of the population) lived in households, 15 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 1,542 households, out of which 451 (29.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 873 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 150 (9.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 62 (4.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 93 (6.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 12 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 337 households (21.9%) were made up of individuals and 109 (7.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57. There were 1,085 families (70.4% of all households); the average family size was 2.99.
The population was spread out with 844 people (21.2%) under the age of 18, 278 people (7.0%) aged 18 to 24, 913 people (22.9%) aged 25 to 44, 1,262 people (31.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 685 people (17.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.1 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.
There were 1,683 housing units at an average density of 124.0 per square mile (47.9/km²), of which 1,112 (72.1%) were owner-occupied, and 430 (27.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.2%. 2,815 people (70.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,152 people (28.9%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,401 people, 1,285 households, and 947 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 252.4 inhabitants per square mile (97.5/km²). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 100.7 per square mile (38.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.00% White, 0.85% African American, 0.38% Native American, 2.76% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 9.73% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.43% of the population.
There were 1,285 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,625, and the median income for a family was $61,761. Males had a median income of $43,250 versus $29,688 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,942. About 6.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
Bonsall is served by the Bonsall Union School District consisting of three elementary schools and one middle school.
In the state legislature Bonsall is located in the 38th Senate District, represented by Republican Mark Wyland, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kevin Jeffries. Federally, Bonsall is located in California's 49th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10 and is represented by Republican Darrell Issa.
In June 1988, Bonsall-area voters defeated a ballot initiative to create a Community Services District ("CSD") after opponents argued that the boundaries included too many county taxpayers who more closely associated with neighboring cities Vista and Fallbrook rather than the unincorporated Bonsall community.
- U.S. Census
- Frickstad, Walter N., A Century of California Post Offices 1848-1954, Philatelic Research Society, Oakland, CA. 1955, pp. 147-158.
- Fetzer, James. San Diego County Place Names A to Z. San Diego: Sunbelt, 2005.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bonsal Union School District
- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- See June 1988 editions of Vista Press or Oceanside Blade-Tribune in local libraries; Internet links not available.