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. For a long period of time, Poway has been recognized for having the lowest overall crime rate of all the cities located in San Diego county. It's regarded as an upper-middle class community. Poway was ranked as the sixth best city in the state to establish a business, by Outlook Magazine.
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 1880's 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 1950's. 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.
- Train Song Festival
- Poway Center for the Performing Arts
- Goodan Ranch
- Kumeyaay-lpai Interpretive Center
- Old Poway Park
- Poway Historical Society Museum
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.
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.