Encinitas

Encinitas is home to the best local surf locations in San Diego.

Welcome to Encinitas

Encinitas is home to the best local surf locations in San Diego. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more quintessential California surf town than Encinitas, a sun-drenched pocket of coastal North County San Diego where wetsuits hang like flags from bungalow porches and taco shops promise “No shirt, no shoes, no problem.” But when Morgan and Trevor Gates moved back to the area in 2018 after spending a year in Boulder, Colo., it wasn’t so much Encinitas’s beachy energy that convinced them to buy a home in the neighborhood of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, with its dramatic bluffs and cluster of oceanfront restaurants. It was its elementary schools, “We liked the vibe, the landscape, and the downtown that feels like a small town,” Ms. Gates said of Encinitas, a 20-square-mile city with about 60,000 residents. “But first and foremost, it was the school district.”
 
In Encinitas, you’ll find the cutest boutiques, the tastiest Baja California foods, the city's most popular microbreweries, quaint local coffee shops, and holistic centers like the Self-Realization Gardens right on Highway 101. For our surfers and paddle boarders, San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Pipes Beach are gems where you’ll only find the locals and find great, consistent waves to ride.
 

What We Love About Encinitas

  • Best nightlife for young adults in North County.
  • Famous surf locations.
  • Spectacular views of the Pacific coast.

Overview for Encinitas, CA

62,140 people live in Encinitas, where the median age is 42.7 and the average individual income is $72,577. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,140

Total Population

42.7 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$72,577

Average individual Income

Around Encinitas, CA

There's plenty to do around Encinitas, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

84
Very Walkable
Walking Score
45
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Golden Moth - Creative Lounge , Golden State Skateboarding, and Yoga 101.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 4.3 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.57 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.96 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.34 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.02 miles 100 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.99 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Encinitas, CA

Encinitas has 23,746 households, with an average household size of 2.6. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Encinitas do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,140 people call Encinitas home. The population density is 3,261 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,140

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.7

Median Age

49.79 / 50.21%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
23,746

Total Households

2.6

Average Household Size

$72,577

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Encinitas, CA

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Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Encinitas. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
Village Gate Children's Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Childrens House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ada W. Harris Elementary
PUBLIC
3rd - 6th
4/5
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Flora Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
San Dieguito High School Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Rancho Encinitas Academy
PRIVATE
2nd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ocean Knoll Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Sunset High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PRIVATE
3rd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 2nd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Park Dale Lane Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5

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