The City of Escondido is a progressive and prominent agricultural, commercial hub and residential center of North San Diego County. Located a short 30-minute drive from the beach, the mountains or downtown San Diego, Escondido residents enjoy the pleasure of a rural lifestyle with all the benefits of suburban living.
Escondido is a general-law city with a Council/Manager form of government. The "Hidden Valley" covers a 37 square mile area, and our 150,000 residents enjoy a full range of services provided by over 1,000 City employees, including police and fire protection. We are proud of our rich agricultural heritage and the cultural diversity of our present-day community, and invite you to share our bright future.