These Are The 10 Best Oceanside Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 16 places around Oceanside to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Oceanside suburbs.

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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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside for 2019:

  1. Solana Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Del Mar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Encinitas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Carlsbad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. San Clemente (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Dana Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Poway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Temecula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. San Marcos (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. San Diego (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 Oceanside ‘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 Oceanside for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Oceanside 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 (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

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

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Oceanside.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 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 Oceanside.” 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.

Solana Beach, CA

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Population: 13,362
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,864
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Solana Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Oceanside area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Solana Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,864 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Oceanside region. And only 380.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,103,900 each.

Del Mar, CA

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Population: 4,338
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $122,563
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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Del Mar is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Oceanside for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 8.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Encinitas, CA

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Population: 62,595
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $103,842
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Encinitas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Carlsbad, CA

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Population: 113,147
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $102,722
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Carlsbad ranks as the 4th best suburb of Oceanside for 2019.

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

San Clemente, CA

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Population: 65,226
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $101,843
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is San Clemente.

San Clemente gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Oceanside area, where houses sell for an average of $849,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Dana Point, CA

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Population: 34,028
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,310
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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Dana Point 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 590.0% which is 9th best in the area.

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

Poway, CA

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Population: 49,874
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $102,338
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Poway.

Poway 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 23.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Temecula, CA

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Population: 110,722
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,115
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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Temecula 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 8.2% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

San Marcos, CA

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Population: 93,493
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
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Is ‘Everything Better In San Marcos?’


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.

San Diego, CA

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Population: 1,390,966
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,535
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Poverty Rate: 14.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is San Diego.

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 Oceanside ‘Burbs of 2019

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 Oceanside, 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 Oceanside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Solana Beach 13,362 $103,864
2 Del Mar 4,338 $122,563
3 Encinitas 62,595 $103,842
4 Carlsbad 113,147 $102,722
5 San Clemente 65,226 $101,843
6 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310
7 Poway 49,874 $102,338
8 Temecula 110,722 $87,115
9 San Marcos 93,493 $70,417
10 San Diego 1,390,966 $71,535
11 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730
12 Vista 99,496 $59,833
13 Murrieta 110,043 $80,373
14 Escondido 150,783 $58,834
15 Wildomar 35,492 $67,510
16 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033

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