The San Diego County city of El Cajon, nicknamed “The Big Box,” is so-named because of it being nestled in a valley and surrounded by mountains. While the community only covers 14.6 square miles, its population has grown steadily since its incorporation in 1912 and has quickly exceeded 95,000 people. A place of successful business and happy living, El Cajon has realized a delicate balance between work life and home life within the same community. Taylor Guitars and Solid Gold are both businesses based in El Cajon and some of the area’s largest employers. While many El Cajon residents choose to work locally, many who choose to work in San Diego itself only face a ten mile commute daily.
Gillespie Field is a public-use airport situated in El Cajon and ten miles northeast of the city of San Diego’s central business district. The facility not only serves as a convenient airfield for general aviators but also hosts the San Diego Air and Space Museum’s restoration facility. The museum is one of the most extensive in the nation and includes many vintage and modern aircraft, including a replica of the Sprit of St. Louis and a F-102A Delta Dagger.
Education is an important part of the El Cajon lifestyle. Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, and San Diego Christian College are all located locally and provide an excellent opportunity for residents looking to return to school or recent high school graduates looking to pursue higher education without leaving home. The local school district operates over two dozen elementary schools, a dozen middle schools, and five high schools in El Cajon. This large number of campuses ensures the personalized attention and tailored curriculum that students and their families have come to expect.
Local shopping is quite easy to come by at the Parkway-Westfield Plaza. The complex includes a number of national brand retailers, local boutiques, entertainment venues, and a spacious food court. Most of El Cajon’s residents find the mall easy to navigate and can meet most of their immediate needs without leaving the city. Recreational opportunities in El Cajon are quite abundant. A number of city parks address the community’s needs quite well. Cuyamaca Park, Renette Park, Red Cross Park, El Cajon Valley Park, Wells Park, John F. knnedy Park, Bostonia Park, Van Zanten Park, and Hillside Park are some of the more frequented facilities.
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