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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Encinitas is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 62,595. Encinitas is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Encinitas offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Encinitas there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Encinitas and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Encinitas are highly rated.
About Encinitas...
Population
62,595

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$862,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,837
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Encinitas Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    227.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    890.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    130.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Encinitas

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$103,842
National
$55,322
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Encinitas Reviews

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I love Encinitas! I've lived here for 8 years and it is an awesome spot. Not too far from the beach, however if you go inland just a little, you'll find people riding horses! The weather is fantastic, and it is a very safe place. There are some awesome hole in the wall restaurants like Rosanna's Pasta and Kaito Sushi. Down in Encinitas 101, there are tons of little unique shops and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. Honestly, it's just a really nice, laid back area of North County San Diego, and there isn't really much I would change about it!
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I’m very fortunate to work and live in Encinitas and have been doing so for the last 6 years and absolutely love it here! The schools are amazing, everyone I’ve met is friendly. There’s a community feel and a laid back vibe. I can go hiking, biking, go to yoga or the beach within a few minutes from my house. Most grocery stores and retailers are in walking distance. The farmers market is awesome too. I couldn’t ask for a better life than living here!
Although a relatively small town, Encinitas has so much to offer. Populated with some of the world's nicest and most laid-back people, Encinitas also has the best schools, most beautiful beaches, spectacular weather, and amazing food (if you're into the healthy vegan stuff). I would give the transportation a solid 5/5 for conveniency and efficiency (time-wise). Personally, I think the town's nightlife a bit dull, but families may actually benefit from the extra safety and security that comes with this issue. Also, I would like to see more diversity within Encinitas, and I think that real estate affordability remains a heavy obstacle. However, the one percent multi-milliners who can afford the Encinitas lifestyle, should consider themselves extremely lucky and blessed.