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Overview

Introduction to Vista, California

Incorporated in 1963, the city of Vista, California is located in the northern portion of San Diego County. Together with the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, Vista is the third leg in what is known as the "Tri-City Area" of North San Diego County. It is situated about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego, and about 70 miles south of Anaheim. Vista is served by several neighborhood shopping centers as well as a regional shopping center located within seven miles. In addition, Vista boasts six times the national average of parks located within its borders, largely due to the abundance of open land, especially in the northern part of the city. Two of the most well-known are Guajome County Park and Brengle Terrace Park.

Vista is served by two city-supported theaters: the Avo Playhouse and the Moonlight Amphitheatre. There are four principal highways linking the city and surrounding areas: Interstate Routes 5 and 15, and state highways 76 and 78. For air travel, San Diego International Airport is 37 miles to the south, John Wayne Airport (Irvine) is 45 miles to the north, and Los Angeles International Airport is 93 miles north.

Activities and Attractions in and near Vista

Rancho Guajome Adobe and Rancho Buena Vista, both built in the mid-nineteenth century, offer tours to students and visitors. Another popular Vista attraction is the Wave Waterpark, located near the downtown area and open during spring, summer and early fall. Vista is also home to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which features a variety of agricultural equipment from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Vista's ideal geographic location makes it easily accessible to the large number of world-class attractions located in the San Diego and Anaheim areas. Among these are the following:

  • LEGOland (Carlsbad, about 8 miles west).
  • Sea World (San Diego).
  • San Diego Zoo.
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park.
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum.
  • Balboa Park.
  • San Diego Museum of Art.
  • Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Park (Anaheim).
  • Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City (Buena Park).

Sports fans can see the following professional sports teams which reside within easy driving distance of Vista:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • San Diego Padres.
    • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • Minor League Baseball (MiLB):
    • San Diego SurfDawgs (a team in the Golden Baseball League not affiliated with a MLB franchise).
  • National Football League (NFL):
    • San Diego Chargers.
  • National Hockey League (NHL):
    • Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

People

Total Population 97,564
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 43,351
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,088
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,060
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,854

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,646
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,264
Median House Value $360,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 6.4%

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

Vista Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 34 miles N of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 92081, 92083, 92084
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92085
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.211
Longitude -117.241

Vista Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station VISTA 2 NNE
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.6 inches
Station CAMP PENDLETON MCAS
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 69 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station SAN PASQUAL ANIMAL PK
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 70 F
Apr Temp 46 to 76 F
Jul Temp 58 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 83 F
Annual Precip 14 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlsbad 110,830 $107,278
Encinitas 61,682 $114,496
Escondido 149,079 $55,825
Oceanside 173,050 $68,352
San Marcos 89,578 $65,746
Solana Beach 13,253 $116,069

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

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Vista High Schools

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VISTA HIGH
400 E. BOBIER DR.
760-726-5611
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

RANCHO BUENA VISTA HIGH
1601 LONEHORN DRIVE
760-727-7284
Serves 3,212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

GUAJOME PARK ACADEMY CHARTER
2000 NORTH SANTA FE AVE.
760-631-7482
A Charter School.
Serves 2,125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

EAGLES PEAK CHARTER
981 VALE TERRACE DRIVE
760-630-3200
A Charter School.
Serves 1,459 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

ALTA VISTA HIGH (CONT.)
1575 BONAIR DR.
760-724-3775
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

PALOMAR HIGH (INDEP. STUDY)
1575 BONAIR ROAD
760-724-4785
A Non-traditional School
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SIERRA VISTA HIGH (SPECIAL EDU
325 E. BOBIER DR.
760-758-3400
A Special Education School
Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

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