Located in the heart of North County, Escondido is located inland about 30 miles north of Downtown San Diego. The word Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish, and the city lies in a shallow valley surrounded by rocky terrain, about 18 miles from the coast.

The city has a total area of 37.0 square miles (96 km2) and is central to all San Diego area attractions.

Escondido is also a gateway to the wide array of area landscapes – high desert, low desert, mountains, coastal, and downtown are all within an hour or so drive.

Escondido still has a Mediterranean climate where avocados and citrus fruits can thrive.

Being farther inland, the summer time is usually much warmer than the coastal cities. High temperatures average from 68° F to 89° F, but winters are always cool and comfortable. Overall, the average temperatures vary from 56° F in December to an average of 76° F in August, with annual average rainfall of 15.2 inches and 263 sunny days per year.

Escondido is one of the larger cities in the area. According to the 2010 US Census, the population was 143,911 (estimated at 150,243 as of 2014). The population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.7% aged 18 to 24, 28.5% aged 25 to 44, 22.6% aged 45 to 64, and 10.5% of the people who were 65 years or older. The median age was 32.5 years.

The median family income is $48,456, slightly lower than the CA state average of $53,025. There are 23 public schools across 2 school districts and over 20 private or catholic schools serving the area.

In Escondido You’ll Find Plenty to do, See and Taste!

With a rich history, this town is loaded with parks and recreation centers, 6 golf courses, 4 outdoor markets, and plenty of live music and events. It is also home to the upscale Westfield North County Mall, a huge 3-level shopping center.

From wildlife, to wineries and craft breweries, there are multiple and diverse arts and culinary experiences.

Some of the great attractions here include the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a unique performing arts complex, museum, and conference center; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park; Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens; Queen Califia’s Magical Circle (an amazing sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park created by the late world-acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle), Cruisin’ Grand Escondido (a pre-1975, classic car event), the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; and Daley Ranch, a wilderness preserve with extensive hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

The charming downtown has a historic feel with eclectic shops, boutiques, museums, theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars, all right next to quaint neighborhoods of small bungalow and ranch-style houses.

John Paul the Great Catholic University is located here in Escondido and both Palomar College and Cal State University are located in the neighboring city of San Marcos.

18 hospitals are located within 25 miles of Escondido. Most notably, the massive Palomar Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Escondido, CA, with 531 doctors.

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Where to retire in Escondido, CA?

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$360,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,009
SQFT
903 Camellia St
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,868
SQFT
10283 Hidden Meadows Road
Escondido, CA 92026
Not Applicable - 1007242 Subdivision
$960,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,140
SQFT
9704 Canyon Country Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$1,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,840
SQFT
28460 Sage Glen Trl
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$824,089
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,924
SQFT
1121 Palomar Circle
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
$20,000
Co-Op For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
800
SQFT
10101 Fairway Hill Circle
Escondido, CA 92026
 
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
3090 Cordrey Dr.
Escondido, CA 92029
Elfin Forest Subdivision
$749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,266
SQFT
10631 Pinion Trl
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,459
SQFT
3310 Jasmine Pl
Escondido, CA 92025
Southeast Escondido Subdivision
$497,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,104
SQFT
843 W 11th Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
East San Diego Subdivision
$248,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
899
SQFT
520 Sandalwood Place #5
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,230
SQFT
3060 Mountain View
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
$39,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
2250 N Broadway #Space Rent $1,295/mo
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
Short Sale
$780,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,715
SQFT
2163 Gamble Pl
Escondido, CA 92029
North Escondido Subdivision
$625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,108
SQFT
1127 Rees Rd
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$454,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,310
SQFT
2119 Royal Lytham Glen
Escondido, CA 92026
 
$839,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,850
SQFT
312 Montecito Gln
Escondido, CA 92025
South Escondido Subdivision
$1,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,205
SQFT
965 Deodar Rd
Escondido, CA 92026
East Escondido Subdivision
$998,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,733
SQFT
1743 Continental Lane
Escondido, CA 92029
Southwest Escondido Subdivision
$454,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,213
SQFT
1524 Grace Way
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision

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