The region of San Diego known as North County Inland is indicative of a number of communities positioned north of the downtown area of San Diego, but a few miles or more inland from the Southern California coast. Most of these neighborhoods are smaller or midsized, though there are several larger, standalone cities too. Overall, the area refers to communities like Poway, 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Mira Mesa, San Marcos, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Ramon, and a few others.
The overall borders for the region are the I-5 and State Route 78, including the communities positioned on those main roads. The area is deemed more socially conservative than other parts of the county and has characteristically been called the most expensive area of the county.
The inland vicinity north of the county is less populated compared to the coastal region. This is because of the stunning shores that adorn the county’s western shoreline opposite the Pacific Ocean, and the rather dry flatlands that makeup the inland area.
Considered the perfect family destination, the northern region is a lovely place to live and a much loved tourist attraction as well, especially for the amount of exciting amusement parks in the vicinity. Legoland, the Wild Animal Park, Birch Aquarium, and Wave Waterpark, are a few of the area’s best attractions scattered throughout the county.
A copious amount of natural wonders fill the area with lakes, mountains, canyons, and parks such as Dixon Lake, Miramar Lake, and Lake Hodges in Escondido. The ocean is just a quick drive west and Buddhist temples in Vista are home to the only two temples in the entire state of California.
Moreover, there are a myriad of top-rated golf courses for golf lovers to choose from. The sunny, temperate climate and flat terrain grants golfers the opportunity to play virtually the entire year. In fact, golfing is one of the northern area’s main attractions. Similar to golfing in the coastal region, the inland courses are similarly attractive and comparatively affordable.
Higher education institutions in or around the area include the University of California, Point Loma Nazarene University, Palomar Community College in Porway, Alliant International University in Mira Mesa, University of St. Augustine for Health Science in San Marcos, and many more. Public grade schools are supervised by a number of school districts, some are local and others are allied with the greater city of San Diego. In addition, there are a variety of private schools of various sizes and denominations placed throughout the region.
The chief hospitals in the district include Pomerado Health Foundation in Carmel Mountain, Aurora Hospital, and Pomerado Hospital in Rancho Bernardo. Economies between the district’s communities vary; however, a few industries are key employers such as retail, restaurant and service positions, technology, education, and construction.
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