North San Diego County is a region in the northern area of San Diego County, California. With a combined population of almost 900,000, North San Diego County is a thriving segment of the 2nd largest city in California, San Diego.
North San DiegoCounty is considered wealthier and more socially conservative than other parts of the metropolitan area, with a total of forty golf courses, including Torrey Pines, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open.
In North San Diego County, white collar jobs outnumber blue collar jobs threefold. Twice as many residents have Bachelor of Arts degrees than Associate's degrees, and twice as many people are married than single. 19% of coastal North San Diego County residents make more than $100,000 per year, and 44% make less than $45,000, with the rest in the medium income range.
North San Diego County is home to several universities and colleges. California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), a four-year university in San Marcos, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs.
Palomar College is a community college based in San Marcos,
With six other education sites in North San Diego County, MiraCosta College is a community college based in Oceanside.
Important landmarks in North San Diego County include Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Lake San Marcos, Oceanside Pier and Harbor, the Carlsbad Flower Fields, Del Mar Race Track and Palomar Mountain, home of the Palomar Observatory.
North San Diego County is also known for its beaches and numerous equestrian centers, which experience a large tourist influx from June to November.
North San Diego County climate is one of the best in the nation, with low relative humidity, a fair amount of winter rain and mild temperatures throughout the year.
Damaging hail and tornadoes are unheard of, as are mosquitoes or other bugs. Winter days are mostly sunny and beautiful with green hills in the background and an abundance of flowers.
North San Diego County is comprised of both coastal and inland communities, making the region an excellent place to hike, surf, lounge beachside, sail, deep sea fish and participate in nearly every outdoor activity.
North San Diego County boasts several theme parks such as Legoland in Carlsbad and the popular Sea Life Aquarium next door. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers an up-close look at many exotic animals in open enclosures closely resembling their natural habitat. The Flower Fields in Carlsbad display stunning blooms during the months of March through early May. Lake Hodges features rolling hills, marshes and walking paths.
Venues in North San Diego County include he Belly Up Tavern where hundreds of music concerts are hosted each year. California Center for the Arts in Escondido, the North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach and the Moonlight Theater in Vista also put on several leading plays and musicals a year.
Many standout restaurants grace the region,and several notable and up-and-coming chefs have taken to North San Diego County to make their mark. That has resulted in dozens of truly unique dining experiences in the area.
North County is No. 3 on the Forbes best beer cities list, and boasts a plethora of craft breweries. From stouts to floral infused beers there’s a craft beer for every taste.