Campo, California

Campo is an unincorporated community in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 2,684 at the 2010 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Campo as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name.

Location of Campo in San Diego County, California.
Location of Campo in San Diego County, California.
Campo is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 32°36′23″N 116°28′5″W / 32.60639°N 116.46806°W / 32.60639; -116.46806Coordinates: 32°36′23″N 116°28′5″W / 32.60639°N 116.46806°W / 32.60639; -116.46806
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
 • Total23.487 sq mi (60.829 km2)
 • Land23.480 sq mi (60.812 km2)
 • Water0.007 sq mi (0.017 km2)  0.03%
Elevation2,802 ft (854 m)
 • Total2,684
 • Density110/sq mi (44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)619
FIPS code06-10508
GNIS feature ID2582962
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Campo, California

The Campo area consists of three clusters of development. Campo, Lake Morena and Cameron Corners. The community of Cameron Corners is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south. The village of Lake Moreno is the northern part of Campo. These communities use postal addresses in Campo with the ZIP Code of 91906.


Campo was a military town in the 1940s and home to the Buffalo Soldiers. During World War II, it was known as Camp Lockett and had a veterans convalescent hospital. Camp Lockett housed a 300-bed Italian Prisoner-of-war camp in Cameron Corners. The Army’s all African American Cavalry unit patrolled the border on horseback until 1944.[3]

The United States Military continues to maintain activities nearby at La Posta Mountain Warfare Training Facility.


Nearby towns include Boulevard, Potrero, Tecate, Dulzura, Jacumba, Pine Valley, Mount Laguna, Descanso, and Jamul.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 23.5 square miles (60.7 km²), 99.97% of it land, and 0.03% of it water.

It is 50 miles (80 km) southeast of San Diego.[3]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Campo has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[4]


Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Campo had a population of 2,684. The population density was 114.3 people per square mile (44.1/km²). The racial makeup of Campo was 2,083 (77.6%) White, 794 (29.6%) Latino, 114 (4.2%) African American, 90 (3.4%) Native American, 31 (1.2%) Asian, 6 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 248 (9.2%) from other races, and 112 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 794 persons (29.6%).

The Census reported that 2,499 people (93.1% of the population) lived in households, 50 (1.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 135 (5.0%) were institutionalized.

There were 901 households, out of which 334 (37.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 491 (54.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 80 (8.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 58 (6.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 67 (7.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 199 households (22.1%) were made up of individuals and 80 (8.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77. There were 629 families (69.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.27.

The population was spread out with 811 people (30.2%) under the age of 18, 182 people (6.8%) aged 18 to 24, 676 people (25.2%) aged 25 to 44, 727 people (27.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 288 people (10.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.0 males.

There were 1,105 housing units at an average density of 47.0 per square mile (18.2/km²), of which 675 (74.9%) were owner-occupied, and 226 (25.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 13.4%. 1,806 people (67.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 693 people (25.8%) lived in rental housing units.


Campo is home to three museums: The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, the Motor Transport Museum and the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store.

A CDF fire station is located at 31577 State Route 94. The 1998 Cameron Corners, California 7.5-minute quadrangle plots the station near Dewey Place and SR 94.[7] A Southern California Automobile Association map, believed to be c. 1910-1930, shows a business named "Dewey Store" in Cameron Corners. The business is plotted on the north side of SR 94 just east of County Road S1. This may be a variant name of Dewey Place.[8]

There is a county road maintenance station on Forrest Gate Road and a county fire station at Jeb Stewart Road and Parker Road.

Large employers in the area include US Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol[3] and the San Diego County, California Probation, Juvenile Ranch Facility, (population 250).

According to a September 9, 2004 San Diego Union Tribune article, foster care activist Father Joe Carroll proposed building a foster camp for children here. The proposed name was, "Promiseland Ranch," and the proposed facility would encompass about 600 acres (2.4 km2). Although the project was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2008,[9] it has since been abandoned for lack of funds.

Campo is near the official southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail, a recreational hiking and equestrian trail extending 2,650 miles (4,260 km) north to the Canada–US border.


An unnamed private air strip is 4.2 miles (6.76 km) at 332 degrees off true north at 32°39′35″N 116°30′08″W / 32.65972°N 116.50222°W / 32.65972; -116.50222.[10] The name of the field is not listed in the National Geographic Names Data Base or U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Location Identifiers (7350.7U) dated 09/01/2005 (2005-09-01). On the topographic map, it measures about 0.6 miles (966 m) in length and runs almost due north-south at the intersection of Lake Morena Drive and Hauser Creek Road.

The town is along the line of the former Southern Pacific (originally San Diego and Arizona Railway. Freight operations are currently embargoed (not offered) by the Carrizo Gorge Railway, currently the Pacific Imperial Railroad), while passenger operations are operated by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. The Railroad Museum shows an address of 750 Depot Street and is located near (NAD83) 32°36′50″N 116°28′19″W / 32.61389°N 116.47194°W / 32.61389; -116.47194.[11]

Tribal areasEdit

There are at least two tribal areas included in the nearby Campo Indian Reservation. One is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) due north of Campo and adjoining Cameron Corners. A point inside the reservation is (NAD83) 32°38′28″N 116°28′16″W / 32.64111°N 116.47111°W / 32.64111; -116.47111) and the area is roughly 1-mile (1.6 km) on each side. The reservation government is the Campo Band of Mission Indians. Another tribal area is about seven miles (11 km) east along State Route 94 in the Campo Valley. It extends nine miles (14 km) to the north and beyond Interstate 8. The eastern portion of the reservation is about 4.75 miles (7.64 km) in an east-west dimension and includes the community of Live Oak Springs. The tribal government has been reported in the news media to provide wireless Internet service to members over a cooperative tribal government microwave backbone from Pala.[12][13][14][15]


31360 State Route 94: federal records report three schools in Campo. The schools are:

  • Rancho Del Campo High School - Juvenile Ranch (Detention) Facility (9-12)
  • Campo Elementary School (K-8)
  • Campo Continuation (at the old Campo Elementary School)
  • Hillside Alternative Junior/Senior High (7-12)
  • Cottonwood Community Day (7-12)
  • Mountain Empire Junior/Senior High (7-12)

About 1.3 miles (2.1 km) north in Cameron Corners, Campo Elementary (K-6) is located at 1654 Buckman Springs Rd. This is considered in Campo for postal addresses.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-07-14 at WebCite
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Campo, California
  3. ^ a b c Guerrero, Susana (2019-10-17). "You can buy this entire town near San Diego for a mere $6 million". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  4. ^ "Campo, California Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Campo CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Cameron Corners, California 7.5-minute quadrangle, U.S. Geological Survey, 1998.
  8. ^ Date on SCAA map is illegible. S1 may also be called Bankhead Springs Road.
  9. ^ " > News > Metro -- Supervisors OK Father Joe's plan for kids camp near Campo". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  10. ^ Morena Reservoir, California 7.5-minute quadrangle, U.S. Geological Survey, 1997.
  11. ^ Campo, California 7.5-minute quadrangle, U.S. Geological Survey, 1997.
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Data Base.
  13. ^ Tierra Del Sol, California 7.5-minute quadrangle, U.S. Geological Survey, 1997.
  14. ^ List of California tribal governments on Senator Barbara Boxer's web site.
  15. ^ Live Oak Springs, California 7.5-minute quadrangle, U.S. Geological Survey, 1997.
  16. ^ US Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, 2005.

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