Located comfortably in San Diego’s North County area, the city of Escondido is tucked away just north of the city of San Diego. In English, the city’s name is translated as “hidden.” It is hypothesized that the name came from the city’s location in a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills. Founded in 1888, Escondido is one of the oldest cities in the county and in the state. Over 130,000 people call Escondido home. A study completed in 2005 ranked Escondido as the eleventh most conservative city in America which is quite unusual considering how liberal the rest of the state, especially Southern California, is.
The Escondido Union School District, the Escondido Union High School District, and the San Pasqual Unified School District operate nineteen elementary schools, five middle schools, and seven high schools in the city. The high schools include Escondido, Orange Glen, San Pasqual, Classical Academy, Escondido Charter, Center City, and Valley High. Despite the relative diversity of Escondido relative to many other districts, more than six elementary schools scored above the 80th percentile of all schools in the state. This is tied to the exceptional system that is offered to the students of Escondido.
A number of engaging points of interest grab the attention of residents and tourists alike. Grand Avenue and Downtown Escondido has experienced a significant renovation since the city’s inception and today is home to a contemporary and modern set of restaurants, cafes, stores, and galleries. The Downtown Business Association hosts a “Cruisin’ Grand” gala where the public can show off their cars to the community in conjunction with a variety of different showcases to display the different offerings of businesses and stores in the area.
Escondido is also home to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, part of the world renown San Diego Zoo. The Wild Animal Park allows guests to view global animals in an open habitat where they are not encaged but rather roam, graze, and fly as they would in the wilderness. Three large lakes have become one of Escondido’s cornerstones. Dixon Lake, known for its fishing and boating, Lake Wohlford, also known for its fishing and boating, and Lake Hodges, popular for water sports, are all located in the city and are just a few of the city’s many recreational venues.