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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population98,560
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+45,810
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married45.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,472
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,328
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,378

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,731
% Above Poverty Level83%
% Below Poverty Level17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone20.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,331
Median House Value$392,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.1%
English10.3%
German9%
Irish6.6%
Italian3.3%
French Except Basque2.2%
Polish1.6%
Scottish1.4%
Norwegian1.3%
Swedish1.1%
Russian0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Greek0.6%
Welsh0.5%
African0.5%
Arab0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
South African0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
US/American0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Vista Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes92081, 92083, 92084
P.O. Box Zip Codes92085
Phone Area Codes442,760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.18
Approximate Longitude-117.24

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)

StationVISTA 2 NNE
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp45 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 72 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.6 inches
StationCAMP PENDLETON MCAS
Distance8.8 miles
Jan Temp42 to 69 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationSAN PASQUAL ANIMAL PK
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp39 to 70 F
Apr Temp46 to 76 F
Jul Temp58 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 83 F
Annual Precip14 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carlsbad112,008$115,255
Encinitas62,160$124,732
Escondido149,912$59,940
Oceanside173,829$68,880
San Marcos91,479$74,512
Solana Beach13,312$119,444

Vista Public Schools

Rancho Buena Vista High
1601 Longhorn Dr.
ZIP: 92081
High
Total Enrollment 2532
Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary
653 Poinsettia Ave.
ZIP: 92081
Primary
Total Enrollment 811
National University Academy
2030 University Dr.
ZIP: 92083
Other
Total Enrollment 762
California Avenue Elementary
215 W. California Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 17
Bobier Elementary
220 W. Bobier Dr.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 671
North County Trade Tech High
1126 N. Melrose Dr., Ste. 301
ZIP: 92083
High
Total Enrollment 152
Hannalei Elementary
120 Hannalei Dr.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Grapevine Elementary
630 Grapevine Rd.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Breeze Hill Elementary
1111 Melrose Way
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 842
Vista Innovation And Design Academy
740 Olive Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Middle
Total Enrollment 680
National University Academy, Armona
2030 University Dr.
ZIP: 92083
Other
Total Enrollment 77
Major General Raymond Murray High
215 N. Melrose Dr.
ZIP: 92083
High
Total Enrollment 192
Olive Elementary
836 Olive Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Bella Mente Montessori Academy
1737 W. Vista Way
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Casita Center For Science/math/technology
260 Cedar Dr.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 577
Vista Academy Of Visual And Performing Arts
600 N. Santa Fe Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Guajome Learning Center
2000 N. Santa Fe Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Other
Total Enrollment 93
Guajome Park Academy Charter
2000 N. Santa Fe Ave.
ZIP: 92083
Other
Total Enrollment 1275
Foothill Oak Elementary
1370 Oak Dr.
ZIP: 92084
Primary
Total Enrollment 748
Rancho Minerva Middle
2245 Foothill Dr.
ZIP: 92084
Middle
Total Enrollment 835
Vista High
1 Panther Dr.
ZIP: 92084
High
Total Enrollment 2567
Maryland Elementary
700 N. Ave.
ZIP: 92084
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Beaumont Elementary
550 Beaumont Dr.
ZIP: 92084
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Alta Vista High (continuation)
1575 Bonair Dr.
ZIP: 92084
High
Total Enrollment 180
Monte Vista Elementary
1720 Monte Vista Rd.
ZIP: 92084
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Vista Visions Academy
305 E. Bobier
ZIP: 92084
Other
Total Enrollment 95
Vista Adult Transition Center
325 E. Bobier Dr.
ZIP: 92084
Other
Total Enrollment 94
Vista Magnet Middle School Of Technology, Science, And Math
151 Civic Center Dr.
ZIP: 92084
Middle
Total Enrollment 791

Vista Private Schools

West Coast Baptist School
1525 Buena Vista Dr
ZIP: 92081
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 45
Halstrom High School
380 S Melrose Dr Ste 416
ZIP: 92081
Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
New Haven Yfs
216 W Los Angeles Dr
ZIP: 92083
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 71
Vista Christian School
290 N Melrose Dr
ZIP: 92083
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
Tri-city Christian Schools
302 N Emerald Dr
ZIP: 92083
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 622
St Francis Of Assisi Catholic School
525 W Vista Way
ZIP: 92083
Elementary
Total Enrollment 229
Faith Lutheran School
700 E Bobier Dr
ZIP: 92084
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
All Saints Preschool/kindergarten
651 Eucalyptus Ave
ZIP: 92084
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Calvary Christian School
885 E Vista Way
ZIP: 92084
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 234
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