Stretching across an expansive area in the "Inland Empire", Poway is
a controlled-growth bedroom community 20 miles north of San Diego, where tract
homes and strip malls sprout from its western edge along Interstate 15 to its
eastern border along State Route 67. Poway is also near Rancho Bernardo and
Rancho Penasquitos, where electronics assembly plants Sony,
Hewlett-Packard and NCR provide jobs and partnerships with the Poway Unified
Cost of Housing
Poway housing costs range from the middle to high $300,000s for two- and some
three-bedroom condos. Single-family homes with three to four bedrooms are
priced from the high $400,000s to mid 500,000s, but there is also an ample
supply of large-acreage estate homes priced with seven figures.
Rent for a two-bedroom apartment, condo or small house is $1,200 or more a
In the growing city of about 50,000, Poway Unified School District lists 24
elementary, six middle schools and five high schools. The school district
consistently wins national blue-ribbon awards from the American Council on
Education and the National Education Association for quality of education.
Located only 10 miles north of Poway is the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Sixty
miles of hiking and equestrian trails wind through the city. The Poway Center
for the Performing Arts Foundation includes an 800-seat venue for concerts,
plays and musicals for both adults and kids. North County Fair shopping center
with anchor department stores and specialty shops on Interstate 15.
The rush-hour commute can take an hour for those going 20 miles south to San
Diego on Interstate 15. Some residents, however, commute in the opposite
direction 15 to 20 minutes to jobs in nearby Rancho Bernardo.
Poway is served by the San Diego Transit with connections to North County
Transit District buses via the stop at North County Fair shopping center.