We have place information on 13 very cool categories, pick one or scroll down to see an overview.

Oceanside, California 14 Reviews | Leave a Comment


-Year-round climate
-Attractive suburbs


-Air quality
-Rapid cost increases
-Growth and sprawl

What Bert Has To Say About San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos Metro Area

San Diego’s endearing ocean-moderated Southern California climate is hard to beat and enables year-round enjoyment of the area’s many outdoor amenities and activities. The economy has typically been strong and the city is well endowed with arts and recreational amenities. This has drawn the crowds, including retirees, overseas and domestic migrants, and migrants from other parts of California. The cost of living, once a relative bargain for California coastal cities, is no longer low. Commute times have risen and air quality problems have worsened.

All this said, the San Diego area still has a lot to offer. Downtown is mix of modern and old Mission-style architecture, pleasant but nondescript with a nice waterfront area dominated by hospitality activities. Balboa Park just to the north is an urban treasure. San Diego Bay and Mission Bay offer excellent boating and water recreation, and Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are nationally famous.

Farther to the north along the coast, La Jolla is an attractive if expensive beach enclave. Residential areas have grown to the north along State Route 163 and I-15 in places like Poway and Rancho Bernardo. Still farther north along the coast lies the entertainment, shopping and retirement seaside town of Carlsbad, pleasant but expensive, and San Marcos lies inland near the more famous desert retirement enclave of Escondido. Most of these communities are very attractive but demand and geographic limitations have raised prices considerably.

A number of companies, particularly in high tech, have located facilities in these northern areas thus avoiding the need to commute downtown, or, worse, across the area’s mountain ranges. Areas to the south toward Mexico have a working-class character. Travel downtown and to the airport is easy at all but the worst times, and suburban roadways are generally well planned and devoid of major traffic bottlenecks.

San Diego itself is located on a narrow coastal plain giving way to desert foothills to the east and north. Local vegetation is sparse coastal bush and grasses, with desert scrub inland. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant year-round. The strong Pacific influence creates cool summers and warm winters in comparison with other places at the same latitude. The climate varies according to proximity to the coast. Temperatures below freezing are rare, while desert-influenced temperatures above 90 or even 100 do occur. Desert winds bring the highest temperatures during early fall. Most precipitation falls in winter, but there may be an occasional thunderstorm or tropical rain. Morning ocean-borne low clouds (called “fog” or “June gloom” locally) occur in summer but usually dissipate by afternoon. Humidity is low and sunshine is plentiful for a marine location.


Quick Facts About Oceanside

    The unemployment rate in Oceanside is 5.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Oceanside jobs have Increased by 1.04 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Oceanside's cost of living is 46.10% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Oceanside's population is 167,799 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.20 percent.
    Average Commute time is 28 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Oceanside is $378,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 18.30 percent.
    Oceanside public schools spend $11,158 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.3 students per teacher in Oceanside.

Best Places to Live in Oceanside, California

Oceanside Housing Market

It's a good time to buy in Oceanside. Home Appreciataion is up 18.3% in the last 12 months. Browse Oceanside Real Estate.
The median home price in Oceanside is $378,700. Browse Homes in this Range.
Learn More
Mortgage Calculator     Home Equity Calculator


DO NOT MOVE HERE!!!!!! First of all the cost of living here is ridiculous a half decent two bedroom apt here is about 1400 a month the transportation here sucks. The... (read more)
1 Year in O'side...like all places, plusses and mi
Background: I grew up/lived for over 30 years in the burbs 30 miles east of L.A.; lived the past 26 years in the burbs of SF East Bay. Relocated to O’side a year ago... (read more)
Beach City with the largest beaches in Southern Ca
Oceanside is a thriving beach community and is is home to various tributes to the Pacific Ocean like the Oceanside Municipal Pier (the longest all wood pier on the west... (read more)
To See All Comments for Oceanside Click Here

Side-by-Side Comparison

Compare Oceanside, California to any other place in the USA.