Solana Beach, California

Solana Beach, California

Solana Beach, California
City of Solana Beach
Fletcher Cove Community Park Beach Access, California in June 2013
Fletcher Cove Community Park Beach Access, California in June 2013
Official seal of Solana Beach, California
Location of Solana Beach within San Diego County, California.
Location of Solana Beach within San Diego County, California.
Solana Beach, California is located in USA
Solana Beach, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County San Diego
Incorporated July 1, 1986[1]
 • Mayor Lesa Heebner[2]
 • City 3.624 sq mi (9.386 km2)
 • Land 3.520 sq mi (9.115 km2)
 • Water 0.104 sq mi (0.270 km2)  2.88%
Elevation[4] 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 12,867
 • Density 3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)
 • Metro SD-TJ: 5,105,768
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92075
Area code(s) 858
FIPS code 06-72506
GNIS feature IDs 1656633, 2411923

Solana Beach is an affluent city in San Diego County, California. The population was 12,867 at the 2010 census.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
    • Eden Gardens 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
    • Current estimates 3.3
  • Politics and government 4
  • Economy 5
  • Education 6
    • High schools 6.1
    • Middle school 6.2
    • Elementary schools 6.3
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Solana Beach is located at (32.992937,-117.271135).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2). 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.88%) is water.

Over 12,000 residents call this small beach community their home. The Pacific Ocean is to the west; the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea to the north, and the City of Del Mar to the south. The unincorporated village of Rancho Santa Fe is located on the east side.


The area was first settled by the Lake Hodges Dam. The beach was opened with great fanfare including horse races on the beach on July 4, 1925.[6]

The community grew slowly, but steadily throughout the rest of the century, with particular booms occurring in the decade after World War II and a real estate boom in the last quarter of the 20th century. In 1986 the community officially incorporated as the city of Solana Beach. That year, the city hosted the final funeral services for Desi Arnaz, who had died in Del Mar. Arnaz's funeral was held at St. James Roman Catholic Church, the only Catholic church in the city and part of the Diocese of San Diego.

While still a relatively tranquil coastal town, the city received national news in 2003 upon becoming the first city in the Continental United States to enact a smoking ban on its public beaches, a trend which has continued as many other coastal Californian towns have followed suit in banning smoking on their beaches. Solana Beach was the last coastal community in North San Diego County to ban alcohol on the beach, doing so for at least a year in an action unanimously approved by the City Council.

Solana Beach returned to the national spotlight on April 25, 2008 when retired veterinarian and 38-year resident Dr. David Martin, 66 years old, suffered a fatal injury from an extremely rare great white shark bite while swimming with a group approximately 150 yards (140 m) off shore near Solana Beach's Fletcher Cove.[7] The group of swimmers reportedly began their swim at Tide Beach Park to the north. Surfers in the area of Fletcher Cover noted harbor seals in the water and a wounded seal on the beach at Fletcher Cove just before the attack, the latter being a typical sign of sharks feeding in the area. Recent increases in the seal population along the Southern California coast — and the seals' tendency to swim in close proximity to human swimmers — is suspected to be contributing factors in the attack.[8]

Eden Gardens

The neighborhood of Eden Gardens (also known as La Colonia), one of the oldest residential areas of Solana Beach, was a community formed in the 1920s by Mexican farmers who were hired by the owners of large ranches in Rancho Santa Fe. These farmers wanted their families nearby, hence the formation of La Colonia (the colony). The name Eden Gardens came later from a land developer who thought it would be a good marketing tool. Many residents still refer to the area as La Colonia. Famous residents include Chicano rapper Lil Rob and comedian Rene Sandoval who were born and raised in the community.



The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Solana Beach had a population of 12,867. The population density was 3,550.7 people per square mile (1,370.9/km²). The racial makeup of Solana Beach was 11,039 (85.8%) White, 60 (0.5%) African American, 62 (0.5%) Native American, 513 (4.0%) Asian, 19 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 738 (5.7%) from other races, and 436 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,048 persons (15.9%).

The Census reported that 12,867 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 5,650 households, out of which 1,323 (23.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,730 (48.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 360 (6.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 193 (3.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 325 (5.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 42 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,745 households (30.9%) were made up of individuals and 647 (11.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28. There were 3,283 families (58.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.85.

The population was spread out with 2,378 people (18.5%) under the age of 18, 738 people (5.7%) aged 18 to 24, 3,518 people (27.3%) aged 25 to 44, 3,829 people (29.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,404 people (18.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.7 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

There were 6,540 housing units at an average density of 1,804.7 per square mile (696.8/km²), of which 3,401 (60.2%) were owner-occupied, and 2,249 (39.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.3%. 7,919 people (61.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,948 people (38.5%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 12,979 people, 5,754 households, and 3,279 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,678.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,419.6/km²). There were 6,456 housing units at an average density of 1,829.9 per square mile (706.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.01% White, 0.50% African American, 0.42% Native American, 3.46% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 5.59% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.81% of the population.

There were 5,754 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female head of household, and 43.0% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $71,774, and the median income for a family was $96,652. Males had a median income of $72,028 versus $41,186 for females. The per capita income for the city was $48,547. About 3.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Current estimates

According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of Solana Beach in 2005 was $101,122 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $82,114.

Politics and government

Solana Beach is a General law city operated by a Council/Manager form of government. The City Council serves as a legislative body and consists of five Council members, one of whom is chosen to act as Mayor for a one-year term on a rotating basis.[13]

In the state legislature, Solana Beach is located in the 39th Senate District, represented by Democrat Marty Block, and in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Republican Martin Garrick.

In the United States House of Representatives, Solana Beach is in California's 49th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R+4 and is represented by Republican Darrell Issa.[14]


The Cedros Design District is located in Solana Beach, and consists of more than 85 art galleries, import and antique stores, boutiques and cafes.[15]


Solana Beach is served by the Solana Beach School District and the San Dieguito Union High School District.

High schools

Public high schools serving the area are Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Academy, and Torrey Pines High School. Santa Fe Christian Schools is a private school serving ages K-12.

Middle school

  • Earl Warren Middle School

Elementary schools

  • Skyline Elementary School
  • Solana Vista Elementary School

Notable people


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  2. ^ "City Council". City of Solana Beach, California. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California".  
  4. ^ "Solana Beach".  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "The History of Solana Beach". Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  7. ^ Dolmetsch, Chris (April 25, 2008). "Great White Shark Attack Kills Triathlete off California Coast".  
  8. ^ Nott, Laura; H.G. Reza; Molly Hennessy-Fiske (April 26, 2008). "A strike from beneath, and a triathlete is gone".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Solana Beach city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ Avants, Maggie (April 29, 2015). "Solana Beach announces new city manager". Seaside Courier. 
  14. ^ "California's 49th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 
  15. ^ "Cedros Avenue Design District". Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 

External links

  • Official site