Encinitas, a coastal community in southern California is well situated for access to San Diego, a mere 25 miles to the south. It is a solid middle-class beach town with a population of about 60,000 and a median family income of around $75,000. It enjoys a wonderfully mild climate with an average daily high temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. With only ten inches of rain a year blue skies prevail.
There are five separate neighborhoods: Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Olivehain, Leucadi and Cardiff-by-the-Sea sitting on 20 square miles. The small town charm is maintained by having no large industries but instead is supported by horticulture.
The downtown area has an old world charm with a range of festivals and events that reflects its artistic flavor. The shopping district is over one hundred years old with quaint historic buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants. It also boasts a small theater, a museum, and a botanical garden.
The public schools are generally good. There are also private middle and charter schools and a community college.
The areas is blessed with a golf course, beaches, cliffs, bluffs and rolling hills. Surfing is good and was mentioned in the Beach Boy's song "Surfin USA."
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