Oceanside

Oceanside

A thriving culinary scene and nightlife allow its residents to enjoy themselves long after the sun has gone down.

Welcome to Oceanside

Fondly referred to as the Gateway to San Diego, Oceanside is the quintessential California beach town. Steeped in Mexican history and rich in surfer culture, the playful yet elegant city of Oceanside is revered for its historical pier and neighborhoods teeming with charming bungalows. O’Side, as locals call it, also boasts a bounty of historic landmarks. While the city has been wonderfully revitalized, it maintains its quaint, inviting ambiance. 

The beaches that line this enclave are relished by residents and visitors alike, who have many fun things to do at their fingertips, with surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, and fishing chief among them. The uniqueness of Oceanside’s individual neighborhoods amplifies its overall dynamism. A thriving culinary scene and nightlife allow its residents to enjoy themselves long after the sun has gone down. 

What to Love

  • Ideally situated between Los Angeles and downtown San Diego
  • An abundance of enthralling museums
  • Perennially beautiful weather
  • A lively and lovely waterfront
  • A panoply of celebrated restaurants and unique boutiques
  • Exceptionally walkable 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Oceanside isn’t just a surfer’s paradise. It’s also an optimal spot for self-professed foodies. 333 Pacific is a testament to this. The Art Deco jewel features fabulous views of the shoreline and a menu brimming with delectable dishes. Start with oysters with chili miso butter and charred scallions, share a plate of dry-aged New York strip with Maldon sea salt, and top it off with a cheesecake slice crowned with a bourbon cherry glaze.

O’Side pays tribute to Top Gun — an iconic film shot in Oceanside — at the Victorian Top Gun House, which has recently been transformed into a retro pie shop, complete with an aviator theme and movie ephemera. Located a block from the beach, this darling spot is the perfect place to pick up a handheld apple pie before strolling across the sand. 

The Rooftop Bar always guarantees a good time with its curated range of tantalizing cocktails. At the same time, Piper is ideal for a weekend breakfast — think caramelized French toast with date syrup, irresistible omelets, and avocado toast with pickled Fresno chiles — while 101 Cafe has held onto its fame as one of the top roadside diners in the state with its patty melts, BLTs, and chili cheese fries. Oceanside residents don’t need to go far to enjoy a romantic date night. Local Tap House’s sleek setting and enticing mood render it the optimal spot to savor a craft beer or inventive artisan cocktail. Their Vida Loca, made with smoky mezcal, fresh lime, mango, and salt, impresses even the most discerning customer. 

Things to Do

Oceanside’s spectacular year-round climate encourages its residents to spend their spare time under the sun in one capacity or another. The outdoor plaza of Oceanside Harbor Village is always alive with residents and visitors who derive great pleasure in perusing the charming historical boutiques found on the waterfront. Here, you can launch off on ocean adventures like whale watches and fishing excursions.

For live music, locals head to Oceanside Broiler. The Oceanside Morning Farmers Market features an explosion of high-quality vendors selling everything from hyper-fresh seafood to made-from-scratch baked goods. To check out the latest fashions, accessories, and artworks, O’Siders also flock to MainStreet Oceanside

What would Oceanside be without its glorious beaches? We couldn’t imagine it. Locals get their vitamin “sea” on the strand of sand that fronts the Junior Seau Beach Community Center.

Schools

Children in Oceanside are educated under the Oceanside Unified School District, while adults have access to:


Overview for Oceanside, CA

207,943 people live in Oceanside, where the median age is 36.8 and the average individual income is $35,178.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

207,943

Total Population

36.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$35,178.12

Average individual Income

Around Oceanside, CA

There's plenty to do around Oceanside, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

25
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
16
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
29
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Feraco's The Only Cannoli, Goblin Shark Emporium, and CommuniTea Yoga & Meditation.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.62 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.56 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.62 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.17 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.12 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.94 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Oceanside, CA

Oceanside has 72,443 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Oceanside do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 207,943 people call Oceanside home. The population density is 3,787.2 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

207,943

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

36.8

Median Age

49.26 / 50.74%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
72,443

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$35,178.12

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Oceanside, CA

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Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Oceanside. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
T.H.E Leadership Academy
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Oceanside Adventist Elementary
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Scholarship Prep - Oceanside
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Palmquist Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Montessori School Of Oceanside # 2
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Childtime Children's Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
South Oceanside Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Christa McAuliffe Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Oceanside Unified School District Adult Transition Program
PUBLIC
12th - 12th
No rating available
Mission Meadows Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Montessori School Of Oceanside
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Bonsall West Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Classical Academy Vista
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
San Luis Rey Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Louise Foussat Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Alamosa Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Teri Learning Academy
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
St Mary Star Of The Sea School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
Coastal Academy Charter
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
Martin Luther King Junior Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Surfside High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available

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