Santee has the 499th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 8.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Santee is part of the San Diego metro area. Unemployment in the San Diego area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. San Diego has the 17th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Santee is above average at $54,210, and the median cost of a home in Santee is $336,300, which is above the national average. 24% of workers in Santee hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 91% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Santee. 76% of Santee workers drive to work alone, 3% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 11% walk. People in Santee spend an average of 25 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.