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City of Oceanside

  •   State: 
    San Diego County
      County FIPS: 
    33°12′42″N 117°19′33″W
      Area total: 
    42.16 sq mi (109.19 km²)
      Area land: 
    41.26 sq mi (106.85 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.90 sq mi (2.33 km²)
    66 ft (20 m)
    1769; Incorporated July 3, 1888
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Oceanside, San Diego County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,259.79 residents per square mile of area (1,644.73/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Oceanside is a city on the South Coast of California, located in San Diego County. The city is a popular tourist destination, owing to its historic landmarks, beaches, and architecture. Oceanside's origins date to 1798, when the Spanish founded the village of San Luis Rey. The first European explorers arrived in 1769, when Spanish missionaries under Father Junípero Serra founded MissionSan Luis Rey de Francia. In the early 19th century, the introduction of farming and grazing changed the landscape of what would become Oceansid. The town post office contains an oil-on-canvas mural, Air Mail, painted in 1937 by Elsie Seeds. Since the establishment of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 1942, O oceanside has been home to U.S. armed forces personnel, and the wartime industry of WWII. After 1970, the main focus of OceansIDE was as a vacation home, and several mid-rise and high-rise housing and lodging projects were completed in the 2010s. In 2021, two large Hyatt resorts were completed, bringing more tourists to the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41 square miles (2.2 square km), which is 09 square kilometers (107 km) and 09 miles (1.3 square miles) wide. It is located at 33°1933W (211566,11742N) and 117°1242N (33°1966, 117°).


Oceanside is the primary city name, but also Camp Pendleton, Cmp Pendleton are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Oceanside. Oceanside was first settled by the Luiseño peoples, or the Payomkawichum. Spanish missionaries under Father Junípero Serra founded Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in 1769. The city was incorporated on July 3, 1888. The town post office contains an oil-on-canvas mural, Air Mail, painted in 1937 by Elsie Seeds. Since the establishment of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 1942, Oceanside has been home to U.S. armed forces personnel. In the 2010s, several mid-rise and high-rise housing and lodging projects were completed in the downtown area, with more to come. In 2021, two large Hyatt resorts were completed, bringing more tourists to the city. The first European explorers arrived in 17th century. The introduction of farming and grazing changed the landscape of what would become Oceansides in the early 19th century, and the city was founded in 1883 by the federal government. After 1970, the main focus of Oceansiders was suburban development, and it continues to be known as a vacation home market in the 21st century. It was a beach town devoted to activities on a 6-mile (10 km) stretch of beaches in the 20th century; it is still a popular destination for surfers, surfers and other water enthusiasts. It is located on the banks of the San Luis Rio River, near the town of Guajome, in San Diego County.


Oceanside is at 33°1242N 117°1933W (33.211566, -117.325701). It is roughly the same distance from Aliso Viejo as it is to downtown San Diego. Oceanside experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh) that is significantly tempered by maritime winds and the cool currents off the shoreline. The average high temperatures range from 64 to 77 °F (18 to 25 °C), while the average low temperatures range to 45 to 64 °F. The city has a total area of 42.2 square miles (109 km²), of which 41.2square miles (107 km²) is land and 0.9square miles(2.3km²) (2.23%) is water.Together with Carlsbad and Vista, it forms a tri-city area. It is the last city before Orange County. As the crow flies, it is about the samedistance from Alisal Viejo to downtownSan Diego as it was from San Diego to San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s. It has a population of 2.2 million (3.1 million in 2013). The city is located in the San Diego County region of San Diego and Imperial County, California, and is on the eastern edge of the San Luis Obispo County border. It was the site of the first U.S. Navy base in the 19th century.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Oceanside had a population of 167,086. The racial makeup of the city was 66.4% White, 6.3% African American, 5.5% Asian, 1.2% Pacific Islander, and 9,697 (5.8%) from two or more races. In 2000, there were 161,029 people, 56,488 households, and 39,259 families residing in the city. There were 64,435 housing units at an average density of 1,527.8 per square mile (589.9/km²), of which 34,986 (59.1%) were owner-occupied, and 24,252 (40.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.2%. Of the population 97,645 people (58.4%) lived in owner- occupied housing units and 68,505 people (41.0%) living in rental housing units. The average family size was 3.32. The median age was 35.2 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 95.0 males. The population was spread out, with 39,817 people under the age of 18, 19,028 people aged 18 to 24, 45,797 people aged 25 to 44, 40,943 people (24.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 21,501 people (12.9) who were 65 years of age or older.


According to the city's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: The city's top employers are: KPMG, KPMT, United States Bank, and Wells Fargo. The city is also home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is ranked No. 1 in the state in terms of its business school enrollment. The top employers for the city in 2017 were KPMC, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and North Carolina State University, which ranks No. 2 and 3, respectively.

Arts and culture

The Oceanside Pier, first built in 1888, is one of the longest wooden piers on the western United States coastline, at 1,942 feet (592 m) The historic district of Mount Ecclesia, home to the Rosicrucian Fellowship, is noted for its singular architecture and the preservation of nature grounds and gardens. The famous house in the film Top Gun, where Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise shot a romantic scene, will become a free-standing attraction as part of a $180 million beachfront hotel project scheduled to open in Spring 2021. The TV series Animal Kingdom, based on the 2010 film of the same name, is set in Oceansid. The O'Side Turkey Trot hosts approximately 9,000 runners and walkers from 46 states and 8 countries. The California Surf Museum is located in downtown Oceansite. The city has hosted the World's Largest Women's Surf Competition, the Supergirl Pro Jam event, which has been held yearly since 2007. It is also the official start of the annual 3,000-mile (4,800 km) bicycle race, Race Across America, which is usually held during the second week of June. The town is home to a harbor which contains a lighthouse, several shops and restaurants, the O oceanside Sign, and hundreds of boats. It also hosts the annual O'side International Film Festival which is the largest on the west coast and takes place the third weekend in May. It's considered to be the toughest competition of its kind in the United States.


The City of Oceanside is a full-service city. It provides its own police and fire safety, library, water and sewer services. It also has a municipal airport, a small craft harbor, one of the longest wooden piers in the west, golf courses, swimming pools, numerous parks, community centers, and extensive palm-lined beaches. The city operates under the council-manager form of government. The current council is composed of: Esther Sanchez (mayor), Ryan Keim (deputy mayor), Peter Weiss, Kori Jensen, and Christopher Rodriguez. It is in the California State Legislature, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen. In the U.S. House of Representatives, it is in California's 49th congressional district,represented by Democrat Mike Levin. It has a mayor elected at large, as well as a city clerk and treasurer. The city council consists of four members elected from districts and one mayorelected at large. It is also in the 76th Assembly District, represented in the state legislature by Democrat Tasha Boerner Horvath, and in the 36th Senate District by Democrat Janet Nguyen, both of whom are also Republicans. The current city treasurer is Victor Roy, and the current city clerk is Zeb Navarro. The mayor is Esther Sanchez, who was elected in 2008. The council is made up of four men and one woman, with the mayor being the only female member. It operates under a council- manager form ofGovernment.


Oceanside Unified School District has 24 schools plus three charter schools. Two brand new schools, Louise Foussat Elementary School and Cesar Chavez Middle School, opened in the Fall of 2007. A free, independent public charter school, Scholarship Prep, is a new TK-8th grade school which was authorized to open in August 2017 and is sited at the historic San Luis Rey Mission. High school students are also served by Ocean Shores Continuation High School and Clair Burgener Academy. Oceanside has two comprehensive high schools, El Camino High School off Rancho Del Oro and O oceanside High school off Mission Avenue. The district also offers instrumental music programs in grades 4-12. The school district is made up of five districts: Vista, Bonsall, Carlsbad, Fallbrook, and Fallbrook Union Elementary School Districts, and one high school district called Vista Union High School District. Residents of Vista may attend schools in the Vista Unified School district, or the CarlsBad Union School District, depending on their address.


The Oceanside Transit Center is a major railway interchange for long distance and commuter rail services. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner provides service to San Luis Obispo via Los Angeles and San Diego. The nearest international airport is San Diego International Airport, connected to Oceansid via Amtrak and Coaster rail. The Sprinter light rail service connects Oceansite to Escondido. Oceansine Municipal Airport (OCN) is mainly used a general aviation field. Interstate 5 (I-5) travels through the city, connecting to California State Route 76 (SR 76) and State Route 78 (SR 78) within the city. The city is home to the San Diego County Museum of Art, which is located in the city's downtown area. The museum is open to the public on weekdays, with a free museum admission policy in place for members of the public. It is also open on the weekend, when the museum is closed for special events and events. The Museum is open from 9am to 5pm, with the exception of Sunday, when it will be closed for the day. It also has a museum of art on the second floor, which houses a large collection of historical photographs. It was built in the early 1900s by the city council of the same name. It has a collection of historic buildings from the early 20th century, including the original San Diego City Hall and the first San Diego Municipal Airport. The current city hall is located on the third floor of the Municipal Airport building.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Oceanside, San Diego County, California = 5.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 75. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 71. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Oceanside = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 174,068 individuals with a median age of 34.1 age the population grows by 7.59% in Oceanside, San Diego County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,259.79 residents per square mile of area (1,644.73/km²). There are average 2.87 people per household in the 59,802 households with an average household income of $62,187 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.41% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.18%. The number of physicians in Oceanside per 100,000 population = 243.9.


The annual rainfall in Oceanside = 10.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 35. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 266. 72 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 44.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Oceanside, San Diego County, California which are owned by the occupant = 58.92%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 26 years with median home cost = $262,450 and home appreciation of -11.53%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.35 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,975 per student. There are 21.3 students for each teacher in the school, 8430 students for each Librarian and 795 students for each Counselor. 8.24% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 14.75% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.25% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Oceanside's population in San Diego County, California of 8,439 residents in 1900 has increased 20,63-fold to 174,068 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.48% female residents and 49.52% male residents live in Oceanside, San Diego County, California.

    As of 2020 in Oceanside, San Diego County, California are married and the remaining 41.16% are single population.

  • 31.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Oceanside require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    73.34% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 16.06% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.63% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.75% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Oceanside, San Diego County, California, 58.92% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.48% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.59% are vacant.

  • The 42.69% of the population in Oceanside, San Diego County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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