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Encinitas, California

Encinitas is a coastal city located in northern San Diego County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,014. It is located about 40 km (25 mi) north of San Diego, and about 150 km (95 mi) south of Los Angeles.

The city was incorporated in 1986 from the towns of Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. These communities retain their identities, and their distinctive flavors.

The climate is very mild. Average daily high temperature is 72 degF. Temperatures below 40 degF and above 85 degF are rare. Average rainfall is about 25cm (10 in.) per year.

The largest single industry is the growing of ornamental flowers.


Encinitas is located at 33°2'40" North, 117°16'18" West (33.044442, -117.271694)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.1 km² (20.1 mi²). 49.5 km² (19.1 mi²) of it is land and 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.07% water.

The city has an elevation of about 28 meters above sea level.


As of the census of 2000, there are 58,014 people, 22,830 households, and 14,291 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,172.1/km² (3,035.6/mi²). There are 23,843 housing units at an average density of 481.7/km² (1,247.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.60% White, 0.59% African American, 0.46% Native American, 3.10% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 6.28% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. 14.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 22,830 households out of which 31.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% are married couples living together, 8.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% are non-families. 25.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.06.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $63,954, and the median income for a family is $78,104. Males have a median income of $51,132 versus $38,606 for females. The per capita income for the city is $34,336. 7.3% of the population and 3.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.9% are under the age of 18 and 5.7% are 65 or older.

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