Introduction to Poway, California

Poway, California, in San Diego county, is 9 miles NW of Santee, California (center to center) and 18 miles NE of San Diego, California. The vast Poway Business Park is home to a large number of companies and includes the headquarters of Geico Direct Insurance, Toppan Optical Products and Sysco Foods. Light industrial, manufacturing and distribution are some of the primary industries for employment. The town is regarded as a suburb for San Diego.

Poway is known as "The City in the Country" and includes a large amount of dedicated open space. It's regarded as an upper-middle class community. 

Poway History

The Diegueno and Luiseno Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1859 the first non-native settler, Philip Crosthwaite, constructed an adobe home and established a ranch. During the 1880s the population grew significantly. The valley was filled with prosperous farms, orchards, dairies and vineyards. The area was known for producing excellent peaches.

Poway experienced substantial population growth beginning in the late 1950s. Lake Poway was constructed in 1971 to provide the farmers with a source of dependable water. However, the reliable water source attracted a large number people and the city became a residential area with numerous businesses and shopping centers. Farming was no longer a major factor for the municipality. In 1980 the city was incorporated.

Poway Attractions

  • Train Song Festival.
  • Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Goodan Ranch.
  • Kumeyaay-lpai Interpretive Center.
  • Old Poway Park.
  • Poway Historical Society Museum.

Poway Activities

The Blue Sky Nature Preserve is a notable location. Lake Poway is popular for a variety of outdoor activities and features trails for hiking, bicycle riding and horseback riding. The city includes numerous trails and a large number of parks for recreational activities.

Poway has a large number of annual community events. Residents enjoy the entertainment and professional sports teams in nearby San Diego. Ramona, Sumac, Fisherman's and Warren Canyon trails are enjoyed by hikers. The Clyde E. Rexrode Wilderness Area is a popular destination.

Poway Transportation

The city is served by the nearby San Diego International Airport. The Metropolitan Transit System offers transportation.

Poway Higher Education

The city is served by the nearby Palomar Community College.


Total Population 49,484
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 23,446
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 58.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46%
Median Earnings25+ $49,284
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,560
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,015


Median Family Income $109,805
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 14.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,447
Median House Value $545,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 10.1%
Irish 12.2%

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

Poway Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NW of Santee, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles NE of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 92064
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92074
Phone Area Codes 858
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.962
Longitude -117.035

Poway Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 67 F
Apr Temp 43 to 73 F
Jul Temp 56 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 81 F
Annual Precip 16.4 inches
Distance 8.8 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
Station EL CAJON
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches

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Location Population Median Family Income

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

Poway Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(858) 485-6511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Poway High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

Serves 3,121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

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Serves 291 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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