Founded in 1888, Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County, occupying a shallow valley hugged by rocky hills in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Escondido, which means "hidden" in Spanish, lies about 18 miles inland, 100 miles south of Los Angeles, and 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Surrounded by avocado and citrus groves, Escondido is a diverse, vibrant community with just the right mix of small town friendliness and big-city buzz.
Dubbed, the “City of Choice”, Escondido is one of the few remaining communities where people of all income levels can enjoy the Southern California lifestyle. Escondido Communities residents can enjoy two lakes, numerous parks, a sports center, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, Stone Brewing Company, shopping centers, comprehensive healthcare, and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Lake Hodges is located just south of the city and Valley View Casino is just to the north.
While Money Magazine named Escondido as the “Best Place in the West” to retire, it has also been called a kid-friendly city for its broad range of youth programs. Ladies Home Journal also ranked Escondido number eight among the Top Ten Cities for Government.
The city’s rich and well-established history brings charm, stability and a vibrant mix to the community – from the grand, historic homes of Old Escondido to upscale apartment communities.
Community residents can enjoy the thriving downtown area and the weekly “Cruisin’ Grand” where the public can show and view hot rods and historic cars.
Escondido tends to have a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool wet winters.
Nearly 90 percent of the population is under the age of 65 and, among that group, the population demographic is spread out consistently with a median age of 33 years.
Major employers in the city include Palomer Medical Center, Nordstrom and Palomer College.