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San Diego County, California

92025, 92026, 92027, 92029, 92030, 92033, 92046

The Hidden City, Hidden Valley

Page Contents for Escondido, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Escondido is approximately 147,514 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 45,050 (2010).
The amount of land area in Escondido is 92.306 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Escondido is 36.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.5 sq kilometers.
The distance from Escondido to Washington DC is 2370 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 449 miles. (as the crow flies)
Escondido is positioned 33.13 degrees north of the equator and 117.07 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Escondido elevation is 684 feet above sea level.
Escondido per capita income is $ 21,743 (2009).
Escondido median income is $ 48,922 (2009).
The Escondido median home price is $ 321,100 (2009).
Escondido average annual precipitation is 15.1 inches peryear.
The average low temperature is 52 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 77.7 degrees F.


on Interstate 15, 30 miles northeast of San Diego, about 18 miles inland, and 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Escondido is located in what is known as Inland North San Diego County which has, in recent years (late 1990's) become a center for new industry and development. Other nearby communities include: San Marcos, Lake San Marcos, Hidden Meadows, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista, Fairbanks Ranch and Poway. See this location page for Escondido.
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mild with most precipitation occurring during the winter. Summers are fairly warm. The area has many avocado and orange groves which thrive in the mild climate.
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History & History Related Items

Escondido means hidden in Spanish. The Luiseno tribe lived in the area and named it "Mehel-om-pom-pavo. Another local tribe was the Kumeyaay. Spain gained control of the land from the late 1700's to the early 1800's. This was the time of the missions in California and the influence here was strong. Mexico became independent from Spain and this area was divided into large ranchos which were deeded out to various families. During the mid-1800's, there was a proposal to divide California into two parts - the existing state of California and the new territory of Colorado. A local judge felt the capitol of the the new territory would be Rancho San Bernardo, which was one of the large ranchos in the Escondido area. Judge Witherby owned much land in the area and had great plans for the new territory once it was created. Though the proposal passed in the California legistature, it did not make it through Congress. In 1861, congress organized the territory of Colorado in the area that the state of Colorado is now located. Judge Witherby's plans would not be happening, so he re-grouped and started mining instead.

By the 1880's, many new settlers had come into the Escondido area, especially with the Southern California Land boom that happened around that time. The large ranchos continued to be sold and divided over the years. Also during this time, the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroad came through the area, and Escondido was incorporated in 1888. The area was mainly agricultural for many years. Grapes were one of the first main crops. Later, as more water became available through the creation of Lake Wohlford, citrus groves were planted as well as olive and walnuts trees. Gradually, avocado groves took over as the prevalent crop.

Here is a history page for Escondido.
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The incorporation of Escondido

8 October 1888


Welk Resort Theatre
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 749-3448 FAX (760) 749-6182 USA (800) 932-9355
330 seat theater presents live, professional Broadway musicals and original musical variety shows in matinee and evening performances. Buffet in restaurant precedes each show.
For show reservations, call (619) 749-3448 or 1-800-932-9355.
For group sales, call (619) 749-8501 or 1-800-932

Deer Park Buddhist Monastery
located on 400 acres just north of Escondido. The monastery often hosts retreats and other events at their facility.-9355

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park)

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Economy & Industry

Escondido has a varied economy with no sector being predominant. The top two employers in 2009 were the Palomar Medical Center and the Escondido Union School District.
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Escondido City Government

City of Escondido
201 North Broadway
Escondido, California 92025
Phone: 760-839-4880

Escondido has a mayor-council form of government. There is a Mayor and four city council members who are elected at large to four year terms.

Escondido Chamber

Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N. Broadway
Escondido, Ca 92025
Phone: 760-745-2125

Escondido Organizations

Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N. Broadway
Escondido, Ca 92025
Phone: 760-745-2125

Escondido Libraries

Escondido Public Library
239 S. Kalmia St.
Escondido, Ca 92025
Phone: 760-839-4684

Escondido Schools

Escondido Union School District
2310 Aldergrove Avenue
Escondido, Ca 92029
Phone: 760-432-2400
Escondido Union High School District
302 North Midway Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: 760-291-3200
San Pasqual Union School District
15305 Rockwood Road
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: 760-745-4931
See this list for a list of links for charter schools, private schools and preschools in the area. Escondido


The population of Escondido was:
1890 - 541
1900 - 755
1910 - 1,334
1920 - 1,789
1930 - 3,421
1940 - 4,560
1950 - 6,544
1960 - 16,377
1970 - 36,792
1980 - 64,355
1990 - 108,635
1998 - 122,000
2000 - 133,559
2008 - 144,568
2010 - 147,514

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 42,040
1992 - 42,893
1996 - 43,837
2000 - 45,050
2008 - 47,288
2010 - 47,682

Median age:
2004 - 31.9 years2010 - 32.7 years

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 42,567
2009 - $ 48,922

Per Capita Income:
2000 -
2009 - $ 21,743

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 178,000
2009 - $ 321,100

Escondido is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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