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6 Reasons to Move to Escondido, CA

1. Geography

The city of Escondido lies in a long valley in the coastal mountains of Southern California; 100 miles south of Los Angeles, and 30 miles northeast of San Diego.
The city has a total area of 37.0 square miles. 36.8 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.48%) of it is water.
The Escondido Creek runs through downtown and continue through the Harmony Grove area in the southwest, before emptying into the San Elijo Lagoon. The creek path, a long the city, features a concrete flood control channel and a Class I bicycle path that runs along the channel.
Downtown Escondido has an extension of approximately 460 acres and is bounded by Centre City Parkway on the west (with an additional narrow section extending west along Valley Parkway to Interstate 15); Hickory and Ivy Streets on the east, Washington Avenue on the north, and Fifth Avenue on the south.
The area of Old Escondido features single-family residential housing, and it is bounded by Fifth Avenue on the north, Escondido Boulevard on the west, Chestnut Street on the east, and Thirteenth Avenue on the south.
An excellent place to appreciate the variety of natural vegetation in the area (chaparral brushland, oak woodland, riparian (stream) woodland, and grassland), is the Daley Ranch Preserve, located north of the city.

1.a Climate

Escondido has a typical Mediterranean climate, summers are warm and cool, while winters are mostly wet. During summer, temperatures tent to be warmer in this area, than the coastal cities of San Diego, Carlsbad or Oceanside; and cooler in the winter.
The July high is around 87 degrees, while the January low is 42.
The city gets at about 15 inches of rain per year, but that amount varies from year to year, and it is higher in the hills to the north and east.
In most areas above 2,000 feet elevation, the average precipitation is 20-24 inches, and over 30 inches on Palomar Mountain, which is located 15 miles east of Escondido.
The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 44.
Most precipitation takes place from November through March. Winter and springtime thunderstorms drop some hail, occasionally.
On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in Escondido.

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2. Economy

Escondido, as part of the Inland North San Diego County, functions as a regional economic leader in job development and new industries. The city features a mix of successful businesses that supply diverse jobs and increases the high quality of life.
Manufacturing, education, health care, social services, retail trade, construction, professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services; arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services, are some of the residents’ main labors.
Realty Income and Stone Brewing Co have their headquarters in Escondido.
Top employers in the city are: Palomar Medical Center, Escondido Union School District, City of Escondido, Escondido Union High School District, North County Transit District, ARS National Services, Nordstrom, Ne-Mo’s Bakery, Palomar College, and The Home Depot.

3. Education

The Escondido Union School District and the San Pasqual Union School District, manage the public education facilities in the community.
Nineteen elementary, five middle, and seven high schools serve the city.
The demographic diversity of Escondido, can be measured by the wide range of API scores for the schools in the town.
Escondido Adult School (a WASC-accredited program, part of the Escondido Union High School District), offers academic and vocational courses since 1968. Approximately 10,000 students enroll in these classes each year.
The school has twenty-seven locations throughout the city.
Private Schools and High School in the community include: Calvin Christian High School, Escondido Adventist Academy, E
scondido Apostolic Christian Academy, and Escondido Christian School.

3.a Library

The Escondido Public Library, located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, circulates at about 930,000 items per year, and its collection contains 371,500 volumes.
The library system has three branches: a) the Main Branch (the Escondido Public Library), b) the Pioneer Room, located at 247 S. Kalmia Street, contains the Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. This history collection includes books, journals, photographs, and archival material. Family history genealogy can be found in reference books. C) The Literacy Learning Center where adults learn basic literacy skills (reading and writing) to improve the quality of life for them and their families.
The Escondido Public Library provides Free Wi-Fi (wireless) access for users with devices capable of receiving wireless signals.
Every month, from November through April, the main library hosts a musical concert with a variety of musical styles such as: jazz, zydeco, country, latin, folk, and more.

4. Government

A City Council, formed by five members who are elected to serve four years with staggered terms, governs Escondido.
The Mayor and the City Treasurer are elected at large for four years.
According to the official site of the City, Escondido has been divided into four (4) districts, which shall be used for all regular elections of Council members; for the recall of any Council member elected; for the appointment of any new Council member to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council; and for any special election to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council.

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5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

Route 78 and Interstate 15 serve Escondido. From the west, Route 78 enters as a freeway ending at Broadway. The highway follows surface streets (streets that are not freeways), and leaves the city towards the east into the San Pasqual Valley.
511 is a free phone and Web service that provides up-to-the-minute information on traffic conditions, incidents and driving times; as well as schedule, route and fare information for public transportation services; carpool and vanpool referrals; and bicycling information.
The program integrate the San Diego region’s transportation information into a one-stop resource. 511 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Breeze buses transport passengers in the north San Diego County area, stoping at the white NCTD bus stop signs (which are located every few blocks on city routes, but sometimes separated several miles apart in rural areas). The majority of Breeze bus routes connect with the Coaster and Sprinter trains.
All Breeze buses are designed to accommodate up to two bicycles and up to three wheelchairs. Nearly half of the fleet have “kneeling” buses.
The Escondido Transit Center serves as a transportation hub with connections to both, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and the Riverside Transit Agency.
The Sprinter light rail line, operated by NCTD, travels 22 miles along Highway 78 corridor, with short trips to 15 stations. The whole trip takes 53 minutes (traveling at a maximum speed of 55 mph).
This type of transportation (an European-style light rail vehicle) has a maximum capacity of 226 passengers.
At the Oceanside Transit Center, the Sprinter connects to the Coaster, Breeze, Amtrak, Metrolink, Greyhound.
Escondido will be a stop along the proposed high-speed rail system running from Southern to Northern California.
For taxi service, please visit yellowpages.com. The information include reviews, web sites, phone numbers, addresses, and business profiles.

5.b Utilities

San Diego Gas & Electric provides electricity to residents and bussinesses in Escondido.
The City of Escondido Water Utilities serves potable and recycled water to most customers within the city, while Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District serves the greater Escondido valley and some portions of the incorporated city.

Escondido Disposal (EDI) offers waste and recycling services to the town. Residential service consists of weekly collection of household trash, recyclables and green waste.
EDI implements cost effective waste collection and/or recycling programs to accommodate the specific needs of a company.

6. Point of Interest

Escondido offers a great variety of attractions, including: a sports center, several parks, two lakes, golf courses, art centers, restaurants, wineries, shopping, a sculpture garden, and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
When it comes to dining, the city has countless possibilities from many different cultures: Italian, Mexican, French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Continental American and Fusion.
Many restaurants and eateries prepare their dishes with locally grown, organic vegetables and free-range meats.
Escondido is the perfect place to shop thanks to its accessible location and large variety of retail choices (from eclectic boutiques in Downtown to major national chains).
California Center for the Arts, Escondido, offers world class entertainment to the area along with Queen Califia’s Magical Circle.
The community offers amazing outdoor recreational opportunities, including: camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, boating, and much more.
Lake Dixon, Lake Wohlford, Daley Ranch, and nine urban parks are just some of the outdoor
facilities in the area. Each facility contains a multitude of unique resources.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (“Wild Animal Park”) located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley in Escondido, shows animals in open habitats and many other attractions.

Conclusion

Escondido is a great community with all the services imaginable; a great destination for shopping, arts and entertainment. That’s why more and more people are moving to Escondido - “City of Choice.”
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