Introduction to Encinitas, California

The California coastal city of Encinitas is located in northern San Diego County, about 26 miles north of San Diego and about 95 miles south of Los Angeles. Interstate I-5 services the city and connects it to all points north and south. Coastal Highway 101, which goes through the city, is an older and more interesting north-south route. Encinitas is situated along six miles of Pacific coastline characterized by cliffs, coastal beaches, flat-topped coastal areas, rolling hills and steep mesa bluffs. It is embraced by two lagoons: the Batiquitos Lagoon to the north and the San Elijo Lagoon to the south.

Founded over 100 years ago, Encinitas originally consisted of five separate communities which were joined together at the time of the city's incorporation in 1986. Although now one city, Encinitas retains the personalities of these communities, which are now five distinct city districts: "Historic Encinitas" is a small beach side area with a variety of businesses and housing styles; "New Encinitas" is a more recently developed district which features upscale homes, a golf course and a shopping center; "Cardiff-by-the-Sea" is an oceanfront community made up of quaint single-family homes dotting the hillsides; "Leucadia" has an older downtown area and is famous for its giant eucalyptus trees; and "Olivenhain" (translated as "olive grove" in German) is a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas with acres of open horse country and pastures. The largest single industry in Encinitas today is the growing of ornamental flowers, in particular poinsettias.

Encinitas Points of Interest

Home to a significant flower growing industry, Encinitas boasts attractions which highlight its main industry. Quail Botanical Gardens, the only one of its kind in the county, features over 35 acres of exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, a subtropical fruit garden and the West Coast's first interactive children's garden, the Seeds of Wonder. The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County, is a haven for more than 300 species of plants and over 295 species of birds. The reserve also offers over 5 miles of hiking trails open to the public. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the new Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, a championship 18 hole par 72 course with panoramic ocean views. Lovers of the performing arts will appreciate La Paloma Theatre. Built in 1928, the theatre was one of the first to show "talkies" (talking pictures) and has become a big part of Encinitas, hosting many community and city functions as well as music concerts, theatrical performances and movies.


Total Population 61,682
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 30,596
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 54.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.4%
Median Earnings25+ $52,310
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,180
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,232


Median Family Income $114,496
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 14.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 25.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,752
Median House Value $755,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 13.1%
Irish 13.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Encinitas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles N of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 92024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92023
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.036
Longitude -117.291

Encinitas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 69 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 81 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 64 F
Apr Temp 51 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 72 F
Oct Temp 56 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 70 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Encinitas, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Leucadia (92024)

Olivenhain (92024)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlsbad 110,830 $107,278
Del Mar 4,269 $126,542
Oceanside 173,050 $68,352
San Marcos 89,578 $65,746
Solana Beach 13,253 $116,069
Vista 97,564 $55,646

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Encinitas Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(760) 753-6501
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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