The City of Poway incorporated in December 1980 as a full-service, general law city and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Poway, with a population of approximately 48,382 residents, is a unique community in San Diego County.

Located in northeast San Diego County, Poway is known as “The City in the Country” and prides itself on the fact that over half of the city’s 39.4 square-mile area is preserved as dedicated open space. The community offers a diverse range of housing options, an outstanding school district, a thriving business park with over 19,000 jobs, a broad range of dining and shopping opportunities, beautiful parks, over 55 miles of trails, 50 community events each year, and more. Poway is a great place to live, work, and play!

- Poway is strategically located in the center of San Diego County.

- Convenient freeway access to Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, as well as Mexico.

- Lowest overall crime rates of the cities in San Diego


Poway is located 3 miles east of Interstate 15, and just west of Highway 67. The San Diego International Airport is located 24 miles south of the city. Public transportation service is provided by the Metropolitan Transit System, including an intra-city route and several commuter routes. Learn more on the transit webpage.


Poway is served by the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). Encompassing 100 square miles, PUSD operates 22 elementary schools (K-5), 6 middle schools (6-8), 4 comprehensive high schools (9-12), and 1 continuation high school.

Eleven schools are located in the City of Poway, including 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, and 7 elementary schools. PUSD serves approximately 33,000 students and is the 3rd largest school district in the county. PUSD also offers other educational programs, such as adult schools, preschools, and before and after-school programs.

North Inland San Diego County area is served by Palomar Community College, as well as numerous universities and colleges throughout the region.


Poway has a high standard of living and is characterized as an upper middle class community with a median family income of $105,099.

Housing Units

Within the city limits are 16,476 housing units. The city’s vacancy rate is approximately less than 2%. There is a broad continuum of housing options available, ranging from multi-family apartments to single-family homes on large rural parcels. 80% of the city’s housing units are single-family dwellings. The median sales price (for all recorded sales) in calendar year 2012 for a re-sale home in Poway was $540,000 according to DQ News. There are 7 beautifully maintained, award-winning workforce housing complexes in Poway. See the affordable housing webpage.


- Average high = 79º

- Average low = 49º

- Average annual rainfall = 9.6 inches

Getting Away

Poway offers residents proximity to the major metropolitan amenities offered by its neighbor San Diego, such as museums, theater, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and professional sporting events. Additionally, San Diego County is one of the most diverse counties in the country, with beaches, deserts, mountains, and more.


Poway is ranked the 6th best city in California to locate a business according to Outlook Magazine. Poway maintains its business excellence with a state-of-the-art Poway Business Park, a 700-acre complex, which encompasses the city's main commercial area. As part of the South Poway Planned Community, the Business Park offers tenants high-quality infrastructure, numerous amenities, and plenty of open space in keeping with the city's rural surroundings.

The project was specifically designed to meet the needs of light industrial and manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and research and development businesses. Currently, over 462 businesses with more than 19,000 employees are located in the Business Park. There is a total of 7,798,651 square feet of buildings, with a low vacancy rate of 4.3%. Additional office space is currently under construction, including the 835,000 square foot Parkway Business Center Development, which is ideal for a master planned office/corporate headquarter location. The Poway Business Park is a mix of commercial and retail space and is headquarters to Geico Direct Insurance, Sysco Foods, First American Credco Corporation, and Toppan Optical Products, Incorporated.

The City of Poway’s Economic Development Department also works with the Poway Chamber of Commerce to attract and assist local businesses.


In-depth census and demographic information on Poway can be found by visiting the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder website. Information provided includes census definitions and thematic maps.

Demographic estimates and projections can also be found on the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG) website.

The California Department of Finance also produces estimates and projections on population.

Latitude / Longitude / Altitude

Poway City Hall: 32° North / 117° West / 486 feet above sea level

Elevationn450 feet to 2,700 feet

Quality of Life

The City of Poway is committed to the preservation of natural open spaces, which reflect our “City in the Country” motto. Poway is home to over 4,700 acres of open space, 55 miles of trails, 25 parks. Throughout the year, the City also provides numerous family-oriented events such as the Old Fashioned 4th of July, Train Song Festival, Christmas in the Park, and the Youth Fishing Derby. Well-known recreational amenities include:

- Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

- Community Park

- Goodan Ranch

- Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

- Lake Poway

- Old Poway Park

- Poway Center for the Performing Arts

- Poway Community Library


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