Encinitas

Welcome to Encinitas 

Coastal city combines beach-style living and urban convenience 

Spanning across the Pacific coastline in San Diego County’s North County region, Encinitas is where  modern beach town meets urban living and comprises several distinctive neighborhoods. “Old  Encinitas” covers the coast on either side of the 101 Highway and is home to some of the region’s most  iconic surf breaks, family-friendly beaches, surf shops, eclectic restaurants and retailers, coffee and juice  bars and hip taverns. East of the I-5 freeway, “New Encinitas” offers family-oriented suburban  neighborhoods, excellent schools, and the renowned Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and master-planned  community. The main street is lined with big box retailers and grocery stores, chain and local  restaurants, health and medical centers, fitness clubs and much more. Encinitas also includes the communities of Cardiff and Leucadia.  

With a wide-ranging mix of Encinitas, CA real estate options to choose from, homes in the area can range from classic Cape Cod and American Craftsman styles in established neighborhoods to stunning luxury beachfront  mansions as well as spacious contemporary single-family homes and condominiums in newer tracts. 

What to Love 

  • Urban beach town with diverse communities 
  • Walkable, laid-back shopping and dining on 101 
  • Charming Encinitas, CA homes for sale and suburban neighborhoods 
  • Famous surf spots and golf course 
  • Train station serving Coaster and Amtrak routes 
  • Easy freeway access 

Local Lifestyle - Living in Encinitas, CA

Encinitas offers the ideal mix of beach and urban living. With beaches and small businesses just minutes  from the robust commercial district, residents enjoy surfing, swimming, walking, running and cycling  along the coast, golfing and hiking at Encinitas Ranch, yoga and Pilates studios, and pickleball and  tennis. The shops and restaurants along the 101 attract locals and tourists alike. The Encinitas train  station provides convenient access to Downtown San Diego and points north. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Encinitas, CA

The Encinitas stretch of the South Coast Highway 101 is lined with laid-back shops, restaurants, coffee  shops and craft beer spots. Union Kitchen & Tap pairs rotating craft beer taps and cocktails with a elevated American pub grub. Encinitas Fish Shop offers a boatload of fresh fish and seafood selections  in build-your-own taco, sandwich, salad or plate options in a causal, dog-friendly atmosphere. Trattoria i  Trulli serves authentic Italian cuisine in a bistro-style ambiance; top off dinner with housemade gelato at  Gelato 101. Multiple taco shops run the gamut from traditional Mexican street tacos to artisan creations.  Shops on 101 offer everything you need to enjoy Encinitas’ gorgeous beaches, bike lanes and  surf. Hansen Surfboards is renowned for producing some of the best handcrafted surfboards since it  was opened in Encinitas by legendary surfer Don Hansen in 1970. Stylish 101 shopping center The  Lumberyard offers lots more retailers and restaurants. 

Things to Do in Encinitas, CA

Encinitas is famed for its gorgeous coastal scenery, surf spots and holistic lifestyle. The Self-Realization  Fellowship Encinitas Temple’s Meditation Gardens provides a serene place to relax and unwind in the

heart of Encinitas. San Diego Botanic Gardens has four miles of trails running through an urban oasis of  beautiful colorful gardens covering 37 acres. The botanic gardens are divided into various habitat areas,  including a bamboo garden, bird and butterfly garden, California gardenscape, olive tree garden, and  tropical and temperate rainforest. At the southern end of Encinitas, Swami’s Beach is this famous surf  town’s most iconic surf spot. A park above the beach is a popular gathering place to see skilled surfers  riding the waves. Moonlight Beach takes its name from a century-old tradition of Encinitas residents  congregating on the beach to enjoy midnight picnics beneath the moonlight. This tradition continues  with fire pits along the beach that light up the evenings. Other popular activities at Moonlight Beach  include swimming, surfing, and fishing. Moonlight Beach also has beach volleyball courts and an  adjacent grassy park with tennis and pickleball courts. Close to Encinitas Station on South Coast  Highway 101, La Paloma Theatre has been a landmark of Encinitas since 1928. Built in a striking  Spanish Colonial Revival style, La Paloma Theatre now hosts specialty film screenings and concerts  from a variety of touring acts. 

Schools 

Encinitas is served by the award-winning Encinitas Union and San Dieguito Union High School

Overview for Encinitas, CA

62,140 people live in Encinitas, where the median age is 42.7 and the average individual income is $72,577. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,140

Total Population

42.7 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$72,577

Average individual Income

Around Encinitas, CA

There's plenty to do around Encinitas, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Connor’s Craft Cakes, Duck Foot Brewing Leucadia, and Swim Synergy.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.57 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.63 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.57 miles 30 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.02 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.57 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Encinitas, CA

Encinitas has 23,746 households, with an average household size of 2.6. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Encinitas do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,140 people call Encinitas home. The population density is 3,261 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,140

Total Population

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.7

Median Age

49.79 / 50.21%

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23,746

Total Households

2.6

Average Household Size

$72,577

Average individual Income

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Schools in Encinitas, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Encinitas. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Village Gate Children's Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Childrens House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Rancho Encinitas Academy
PRIVATE
2nd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
3rd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
Ada W. Harris Elementary
PUBLIC
3rd - 6th
4/5
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Flora Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Ocean Knoll Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
San Dieguito High School Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 2nd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Park Dale Lane Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Sunset High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

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