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Bay Terraces, San Diego

North Bay Terrace, South Bay Terrace
Bay Terraces
Bay Terraces, as seen from Division Street
Bay Terraces, as seen from Division Street
"P.H.", "Skyline Park" (geographically inaccurate but widely used due to proximity with bordering Paradise Hills and Skyline, the latter attributed to long-held territorial relations with the Skyline East Side Pirus)
Bay Terraces is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
Bay Terraces is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
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Coordinates: 32°41′26″N 117°02′25″W / 32.690425°N 117.040358°W / 32.690425; -117.040358
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego
 • Total 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
 • Total 29,419
 • Density 3,786/km2 (9,806/sq mi)
ZIP Code
92114 and 92139

Bay Terraces is a hilly urban neighborhood in the southeastern part of San Diego, California, United States. A composite of North Bay Terrace and South Bay Terrace, it is bordered by Skyline to the north, Paradise Hills to the southwest, Alta Vista, South Encanto and National City to the west. The southern end of the neighborhood is bordered by State Route 54 and Bonita. The neighborhood generally includes the ZIP Codes 92114 and 92139 and as such, parts of the area has often been incorrectly referred to as either "Paradise Hills" (adjacent to South Bay Terrace) or "Skyline Hills" (adjacent to North Bay Terrace) due to its proximity and overlapping ZIP Codes. Nevertheless, Bay Terraces is the largest neighborhood in the Skyline-Paradise Hills Community Planning Area.


Bay Terraces has a diverse population spread across its 31,896 residents. The population density was 9,806 per square mile (3,786/km2). The racial makeup of Bay Terraces was 2,883 (9.1%) non-Hispanic White, 3,902 (12.4%) African American, 14,000 (44.3%) Asian (the overwhelming majority of which are of Filipino descent), 1,434 (4.5%) from two or more races and 485 (1.5%) from other races. Hispanic or Latino excluding black and Asian Hispanics was 8,846 persons (28.1%). It ranked 101 out of 125 San Diego neighborhoods in terms of lowest percentage of non-Hispanic whites, and 24 out of 125 San Diego neighborhoods in terms of total population that is non-White (roughly 90%).


Bay Terraces is served primarily by the San Diego Unified School District along with some charter and private schools. Schools that serve Bay Terraces students include Morse High School in neighboring Skyline, O'Farrell Community School, an independent charter school located in nearby O'Farrell Park, and Bell Middle School in South Bay Terrace.

Much like the rest of Southeast San Diego, many students in Bay Terraces have taken advantage of San Diego Unified School District's Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP), and have opted to be bused to high schools in San Diego's more affluent northern suburban neighborhoods,. Depending on their VEEP Allied School Pattern, a high school student may be voluntarily bused to Mira Mesa High School, Mission Bay High School, Scripps Ranch High School, Serra High School, and University City High School.

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