Encinitas

Known for its strong surf culture, reflected in the casual and friendly atmosphere that pervades the town.

Welcome to Encinitas

A Coastal Retreat with Artistic Flair and Rural Charm
 
Encinitas, a coastal paradise in Southern California, is a unique blend of a laid-back beach vibe and artistic expression, extending from the vibrant coastlines to serene rural areas. The neighborhood is divided into distinct areas –– the coastal section, known as Leucadia, and the more pastoral Olivenhain inland. This diversity offers residents a choice between the funky charm of the downtown coastal area, with its artsy feel and excellent surf, and the tranquility of the countryside, with more acreage and a peaceful setting.
 
The heart of Encinitas is its walkable downtown, teeming with great restaurants, bars, and local shops. The area is known for its strong surf culture, reflected in the casual and friendly atmosphere that pervades the town. From the bustling streets to the quiet beachfront, Encinitas offers an inviting environment for all who seek a blend of coastal fun and rural serenity.
 

What to Love

  • Beach Lifestyle: Renowned for its great surf and beautiful beaches like Moonlight Beach and Beacon's Beach.
  • Walkable Town: Easy access to local amenities, enhancing the sense of community.
  • Artsy Downtown: A hub for creativity, with unique shops and vibrant cultural scenes.
  • Rural Tranquility: Olivenhain offers a peaceful countryside escape.
  • Community Events: Enjoy local parades, farmers' markets, and cultural festivals.

Local Lifestyle

Encinitas embodies a lifestyle that is both relaxed and vibrant. Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from surfing on the famous beaches to exploring the biking and walking paths. The community is known for its inclusiveness and friendly vibe, making it easy for newcomers to feel at home. The blend of beach culture and rural charm provides a unique living experience, where you can enjoy the energetic coastal scene or retreat to the quiet, pastoral landscapes of Olivenhain for a more serene lifestyle.
 

Dining and Entertainment

Encinitas offers a diverse dining scene. Union Kitchen & Tap and Beer Garden Encinitas are popular spots for their lively ambiance and delicious cuisine. Herb and Sea presents a refined dining experience with a focus on fresh, locally sourced seafood. For those seeking a combination of great food, live entertainment, and a vibrant bar scene, The Roxy Encinitas is the place to be. Additionally, 101 Diner provides a classic American diner experience, perfect for a casual meal.
 
Cultural entertainment is abundant in Encinitas. La Paloma Theater is a historic venue offering a mix of modern and classic films, adding to the town’s artistic character. The neighborhood is also known for hosting a variety of events, from beachside concerts to local parades that bring the community together.
 

Things to Do

Encinitas is not just about surf and sand but also offers a range of activities for everyone. The Botanical Gardens and San Elijo Lagoons provide a perfect setting for nature enthusiasts, offering beautiful landscapes and trails for hiking and bird-watching. The Self Realization Fellowship Meditation offers a peaceful retreat for those seeking spiritual rejuvenation.
 
The town’s beaches, like Grandview Surf Beach and Encinitas Beach County Park, are ideal for beachgoers and surfers alike, offering some of the best waves in the region. Stone Steps Beach provides a quieter beach experience, perfect for a relaxing day by the sea.
 

Schools

Education in Encinitas is highly regarded, with several notable schools providing excellent educational opportunities. Encinitas Country Day, Rhoades School, and Paul Ecke Central Elementary offer strong academic programs. The Grauer School and Pacific Academy are known for their innovative teaching approaches, while Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary offers a community-focused educational experience.

Overview for Encinitas, CA

80,606 people live in Encinitas, where the median age is 44.3 and the average individual income is $67,609.41. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

80,606

Total Population

44.3 years

Median Age

High

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

$67,609.41

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.

84
Very Walkable
Walking Score
45
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Jenns Cake Couture, USSD Encinitas, and Progressive Surf Academy San Diego.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.02 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.24 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.77 miles 47 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.63 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.03 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.27 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Encinitas, CA

Encinitas has 29,950 households, with an average household size of 3. 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. 80,606 people call Encinitas home. The population density is 2,019.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

80,606

Total Population

High

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

44.3

Median Age

49.15 / 50.85%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
29,950

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$67,609.41

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
Village Gate Children's Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Childrens House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ada W. Harris Elementary
PUBLIC
3rd - 6th
4/5
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Flora Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
San Dieguito High School Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Rancho Encinitas Academy
PRIVATE
2nd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ocean Knoll Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Sunset High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PRIVATE
3rd - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 2nd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Park Dale Lane Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
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