These Are The 10 Best Escondido Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 15 places around Escondido to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Escondido are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Escondido for 2018:

  1. Solana Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Del Mar (Photos | Homes)
  3. Encinitas (Photos | Homes)
  4. Poway (Photos | Homes)
  5. Carlsbad (Photos | Homes)
  6. Santee (Photos | Homes)
  7. Temecula (Photos | Homes)
  8. La Mesa (Photos | Homes)
  9. San Diego (Photos | Homes)
  10. Oceanside (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Solana Beach, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Escondido ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Escondido for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Escondido was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Escondido.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Escondido.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Escondido.” We’re lookin’ at you, Solana Beach.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Solana Beach

Solana Beach, California

Population: 13,312
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $1,045,900
Median Income: $100,352
More on Solana Beach: Real Estate | Data

Solana Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Escondido area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Solana Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $100,352 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Escondido region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,045,900 each.

2. Del Mar

Del Mar, California

Population: 4,312
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $108,556
More on Del Mar: Real Estate | Data

Del Mar is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Escondido for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 9.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

3. Encinitas

Encinitas, California

Population: 62,160
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $820,400
Median Income: $100,698
More on Encinitas: Real Estate | Data

Here in Encinitas, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Escondido metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Encinitas.

4. Poway

Poway, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 49,675
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $583,100
Median Income: $98,859
More on Poway: Real Estate | Data

Poway ranks as the 4th best suburb of Escondido for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Poway and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 112,008
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $674,400
Median Income: $97,145
More on Carlsbad: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Carlsbad.

Carlsbad gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Escondido area, where houses sell for an average of $674,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Santee

Santee, California

Population: 56,839
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $363,000
Median Income: $77,460
More on Santee: Real Estate | Data

Santee is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 7.3% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Santee is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Escondido area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Temecula

Temecula, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 108,965
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Median Home Price: $360,500
Median Income: $83,840
More on Temecula: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Temecula.

Temecula schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 25.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. La Mesa

La Mesa, California

Population: 59,125
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $421,200
Median Income: $56,693
More on La Mesa: Real Estate | Data

La Mesa is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 11.4% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

9. San Diego

San Diego, California

Population: 1,374,812
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Median Home Price: $488,600
Median Income: $68,117
More on San Diego: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In San Diego?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Oceanside

Oceanside, California

Population: 173,829
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $384,100
Median Income: $58,949
More on Oceanside: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Oceanside.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Escondido ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Escondido, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Escondido Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Solana Beach 13,312 3.3% $1,045,900 $100,352
2 Del Mar 4,312 5.3% $2,000,000 $108,556
3 Encinitas 62,160 6.0% $820,400 $100,698
4 Poway 49,675 5.4% $583,100 $98,859
5 Carlsbad 112,008 6.1% $674,400 $97,145
6 Santee 56,839 7.3% $363,000 $77,460
7 Temecula 108,965 8.2% $360,500 $83,840
8 La Mesa 59,125 8.1% $421,200 $56,693
9 San Diego 1,374,812 7.7% $488,600 $68,117
10 Oceanside 173,829 7.3% $384,100 $58,949
11 San Marcos 91,479 6.4% $418,200 $63,960
12 Vista 98,560 5.4% $392,700 $54,203
13 Lemon Grove 26,421 9.1% $346,400 $58,694
14 Spring Valley 5,365 8.6% $103,400 $43,636
15 El Cajon 102,894 12.5% $369,000 $46,374

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