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Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego
Pacific Highlands Ranch
Pacific Highlands Ranch and surrounding communities
Pacific Highlands Ranch and surrounding communities
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego is located in Northeastern San Diego
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego
Location in Northeastern San Diego
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego is located in San Diego County, California
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego
Pacific Highlands Ranch, San Diego
Location in San Diego County, California
Country  United States of America
State  California
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Pacific Highlands Ranch (often referred to as and considered a part of Carmel Valley, a community to its west) is a primarily residential community of approximately 2,652 acres (1,073 ha) in northern San Diego, California. As part of San Diego City Council District 1, it is represented by Joe LaCava, elected in 2020, and as part of District 3 of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, it is represented by Terra Lawson-Remer, also elected in 2020. Both had not been elected to those positions before.

Geography

The community is bordered to the north by Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe, to the south by Del Mar Mesa, to the east by Torrey Highlands, and to the west by Carmel Valley. State Route 56 (Ted Williams Freeway) passes through this community.

1,300 acres (49 percent) of this community is preserved as natural habitat.

Demographics

According to January 2010 estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), there were 4,224 people and 1,655 households residing in the neighborhood. The estimated racial makeup was 68.5% White, 17.4% Asian & Pacific Islander, 11.7% Hispanic, 1.6% from other races, 0.4% African American, and 0.2% American Indian. The median age was 40.9 with 22.7% under the age of 18 and 13.2% over the age of 65. The estimated median household income was $269,757 (current dollars); 47% of the community made more than $200,000; 52% made between $60,000 and $199,999; and 1% made less than $60,000.

However, the January 1, 2019 SANDAG estimates indicated a total population of 10,422 made up of 3,211 households. The estimated racial & ethnic makeup was 43.1% White, 37.2% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 10.4% Hispanic, 5% 2 Or More, 2.5% Black, 1% American Indian, and 0.4% Other. The median age was 32.5 with 23.7% under the age of 18 and 11.9% over the age of 65. The estimated median household income was $163,136 in 2010 dollars ($194,434 in the then-current 2018 dollars); in 2010 dollars, 38% of households made $200,000 or more; 47% made between $60,000 and $199,999; and 16% made less than $60,000.

Education

Public schools in this community include Sycamore Ridge Elementary School (Del Mar Union School District), Solana Ranch Elementary School (Solana Beach School District), and Pacific Trails Middle School and Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District). There are also a number of residents who attend public school outside of Pacific Highlands Ranch, most notably Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley (San Dieguito Union High School District). The only private school in this community is Cathedral Catholic High School (Roman Catholic); however, San Diego Jewish Academy, located in Carmel Valley, is within close proximity of the western border of Pacific Highlands Ranch.

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