North Central San Diego

The North Central Region of San Diego County is in the middle of San Diego, but north of Mission Valley/I-8 (Interstate 8), the Pacific Ocean to the west. This region has a population of over 618,000 residents and is comprised of coastal towns, university communities, suburban areas, and military facilities. The northern edge is Del Mar and state route 56.  North Central Region is one of the most diverse regions in the county of San Diego because of long stretches of Pacific coastline, steep canyons, valleys, and mountainous terrains. In all, it consists of 24 smaller communities including Linda Vista, Mission Valley, Clairemont and La Jolla.

Along the west coast are the beach communities of La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach. La Jolla is the premium area among the beach communities because of its beautiful ocean cliffs, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The campus of University of California San Diego (UCSD) also calls La Jolla home. To the south is Pacific Beach and this community is mostly known for it’s nightlife of bar and eateries as well as having miles of sandy beaches for its residents. The iconic Mission Beach is south of Pacific Beach and it is the main tourist area of the beach communities. Across the Mission Bay outlet is Ocean Beach. It is an area that is popular among the locals of San Diego because of it’s physical separation from the tourists.

The Linda Vista, San Carlos, Kearny Mesa, and Tierrasanta communities are highly sought after areas because they are centrally located for northern and southern San Diego, with respect to distance & commute time.

Also to note, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar) and the National Guard is technically in this region, just north of Clairemont Mesa.