The rural north county community of Escondido’s name is Spanish for “hidden.”
Escondido was incorporated as a city in 1888 and is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. With a population of 141,940, Escondido is still small enough to feel like a community rather than a full blown city, even though it encompasses almost 37 square miles. Escondido is also home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park).
Housing in Escondido varies from tiny bungalows to Victorian houses, and also includes comfortable mid-sized family houses, and large estates. It is typical to see mature, lush landscaping featuring the use of boulders, towering palm trees, and lots of bright flowers. Escondido is known for its citrus and avocado groves. Median home price in Escondido for a 3 bedroom home as of March 2011 was a very modest $279,000; however, like most cities Escondido does have its own share of big luxury homes as well.
The median household income in Escondido is $42,567 with 57.59% of homes including married couples and 36.5% including children under 18. The average commute time for Escondido residents is 28.37 minutes.
The community of Escondido boasts plenty of schools to educate your children. The city has 19 elementary, five middle, and seven high schools.
If you are in need of health care in Escondido, then you’re in luck. Escondido is home to Palomar Medical Center, the only trauma center in North San Diego County, and a second hospital, Palomar West is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2012.
Escondido serves its residents with many churches and religious facilities. Founded in 1889, Trinity Episcopal Church in Escondido, California is one of the oldest churches in the San Diego Episcopal Diocese. It is the second oldest church in Escondido. A quick visit to Google will reveal a place to worship for people of all faiths.
Transportation systems in Escondido include the Sprinter which runs along the 78 Corridor, and North county transit.
Major corporations offering employment in the Escondido area include ARS National Services, Nordstrom and The Home Depot.
Residents of Escondido enjoy a strong sense of community, an abundance of recreational activities and parks, and gorgeous mountain views.
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