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Vista is a city in north San Diego County. Vista was incorporated January 28, 1963. Located just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, the City of Vista has a Mediterranean climate.
Different elementary schools in Vista specialize in math & science and visual & performing arts. The local Vista high school boasts a band that had elite privilege to march and play in the 2003 Rose Parade, a distinct honor. A bond passed in 2001 for $140 million towards building and renovating schools. Construction will continue over the next several years to introduce new schools into the city system.
Commute from Vista to San Diego is over 45 miles, making Orange County a more practical commute, with more jobs to offer. Alternatively to driving, the Coaster commuter rail travels from Downtown San Diego into Orange, stopping in Carlsbad and Oceanside. For a shorter commute, two local business parks encompass 1,200 acres and Camp Pendleton is also a wealth of jobs.
Softball reigns as the most popular community sport among adults in Vista. A community center, Boys and Girls Club, Little League also share the city’s interest. Vista attractions include a gas and steam engine museum and lovely orchid gardens on an herb farm. Kids can enjoy the city’s skate park or swim center with water slides and a wave pool. Alternatively, the beach is six miles close with boating, surfing, fishing, and beautiful beaches. Plazas are plentiful for shopping desires. A women’s health center and community clinic were opened in 1997. Plans continue to revive Vista's downtown with new sidewalks, upscale shopping and eating, a movie complex and new office buildings.
As of the census of 2000, there were 89,857 people, 28,877 households, and 20,791 families residing in Vista. There were 29,814 housing units. The racial makeup of Vista was 64.27% White, 4.24% African American, 1.00% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.68% Pacific Islander, 21.33% from other races, and 4.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 38.94% of the population.
There were 28,877 households in Vista out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 20.5% of all Vista households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.48. The FBI crime index for 2005 was 32.9 for every 1000 residents.
In Vista the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in Vista was $42,594, and the median income for a family was $45,649. Males had a median income of $32,936 versus $25,812 for females. The per capita income for Vista was $18,027. About 10.0% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
The Vista Unified School District serves Vista. Vista has eighteen elementary schools, six middle schools, and six high schools, including Rancho Buena Vista High School and Vista High School. Guajome Park Academy is a charter school with joint middle and high schools that receives part of its funding from the Vista Unified School District. Alta Vista Continuation High School is another option for teens who cannot attend regular school.
Biola University has a branch campus in Vista.
Vista is home to two city-supported theaters: the recently updated Moonlight Amphitheatre and the Avo Playhouse. The Moonlight Amphitheatre is an open-air theater that specializes in musical productions, performing several during the course of the summer, including one youth production per season, and a winter season at the Avo Playhouse.
Vista houses one movie theater, a Krikorian Cinema which opened in fall 2003.
Two of the best-known parks in the city are Brengle Terrace Park and Guajome County Park. Brengle Terrace Park houses the Moonlight Amphitheatre, Alta Vista Gardens (a city-owned botanical garden), a baseball field, a senior center, a playground, and the city community center, where the main offices of the city's day camps are held. Guajome County Park has 557 acres of land, which is shared between Vista and nearby Oceanside. It features campsites, horse
trails, and the Rancho Guajome Adobe, a National Historic Landmark.
The Rancho Guajome Adobe and Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, are two historic rancho buildings in Vista, built in the mid-nineteenth century, both available for touring and special occasions.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department runs the Wave Waterpark, a small but well-equipped waterpark near the downtown area open from mid-spring to early fall. Another attraction is the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum an open-air museum demonstrating agricultural equipment from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Vista is home of a Japanese-American Cultural Center and Buddhist Temple, one of only two in California, and over 75 other churches and temples of various denominations.
Location of Vista within San Diego County