The 10 Best Oceanside Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 16 places around Oceanside to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Oceanside suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Oceanside are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Oceanside for 2022:

  1. Del Mar
  2. Solana Beach
  3. Dana Point
  4. Encinitas
  5. San Clemente
  6. Carlsbad
  7. Poway
  8. San Juan Capistrano
  9. Temecula
  10. San Marcos

What's the best suburb of Oceanside? Del Mar ranks as the best suburb of Oceanside for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Del Mar, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Oceanside 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Oceanside Suburbs To Live For 2022

Del Mar is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Oceanside area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Del Mar."

Everyone here is rich; families average $161,705 a year, which is the highest in the Oceanside region. And only 2.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

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Population: 4,331
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $161,705
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Del Mar: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Del Mar, CA

Solana Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Oceanside for 2022.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 5.76% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

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Population: 13,301
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,904
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Solana Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Solana Beach, CA

Here in Dana Point, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Oceanside metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Dana Point.

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Population: 33,782
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,250
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Dana Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dana Point, CA

Encinitas ranks as the 4th best suburb of Oceanside for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Encinitas and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 62,967
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $120,488
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Encinitas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Encinitas, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is San Clemente.

San Clemente gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Oceanside area, where houses sell for an average of $931,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 64,929
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $108,183
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on San Clemente: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Clemente, CA

Carlsbad is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.76% which is 10th best in the area.

According to online reports, Carlsbad is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Oceanside area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 114,411
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $112,933
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Carlsbad, CA

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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Poway.

Poway schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 23.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 49,780
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,332
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Poway, CA

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San Juan Capistrano is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.88% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

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Population: 35,976
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,922
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on San Juan Capistrano: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Is 'Everything Better In Temecula?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 113,117
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,631
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Temecula: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Temecula, CA

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And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is San Marcos.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

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Population: 96,219
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,408
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on San Marcos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marcos, CA

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Oceanside for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Oceanside was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Oceanside.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Oceanside.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Oceanside." We're lookin' at you, Del Mar. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Oceanside 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Oceanside, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Oceanside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Del Mar, CA 4,331 $161,705
2 Solana Beach, CA 13,301 $106,904
3 Dana Point, CA 33,782 $105,250
4 Encinitas, CA 62,967 $120,488
5 San Clemente, CA 64,929 $108,183
6 Carlsbad, CA 114,411 $112,933
7 Poway, CA 49,780 $115,332
8 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,976 $103,922
9 Temecula, CA 113,117 $98,631
10 San Marcos, CA 96,219 $86,408
11 San Diego, CA 1,414,545 $83,454
12 Murrieta, CA 114,066 $91,654
13 Vista, CA 100,659 $73,163
14 Escondido, CA 150,396 $65,326
15 Wildomar, CA 36,091 $76,791
16 Lakeland, CA 110,335 $50,136

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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