Living in Poway California

Located north of the city of San Diego and south of Escondido, Poway is a peaceful place to live and raise a family. Want to learn more about one of San Diego County’s best communities? Keep reading!

History of Poway

The name Poway comes from the Diegueno and Luiseno Indians who originally lived in the area. Though the exact meaning is unclear, the generally accepted translation is “the meeting of little valleys” or “end of the valley.” In the 1850s, the first settlers moved to the Poway area. More and more settlers moved in, and by 1887, there were 800 people living in the Poway area, planting orchards and vineyards, raising grain, establishing dairy farms, and beekeeping. However, after droughts, and recession, Poway’s population growth slowed. The first subdivision failed, leaving the only street named after a number (9th street) as the only sign it had existed. The town didn’t start growing again until 1954, when Poway formed the Poway Municipal Water District, and Poway Valley Hopes opened a formal subdivision. Since then, Poway has grown to become a thriving city!

Demographics of Poway

Poway is a diverse neighborhood, with a population of about 49,000. According to the US Census, Poway is approximately 76.1% White, 13.1% Asian, 1.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 6.2% other, and 5.3% mixed race. 18.3% of the population are Hispanic or Latino people of any race. Approximately 60% of Poway’s population is between the ages of 18 and 65, with about 15% of the population over 65 years of age. The median household income in Poway is $102,228. Common industries in Poway include scientific industries, manufacturing, and health care, as well as retail trade.

Poway Schools

Poway Unified School District is the third largest school district in San Diego County, with thirty-eight schools and approximately 35,500 students. It has an outstanding reputation for academics. Named a California Exemplary School District in 2019, many teachers and administrators have been nominated for prestigious awards. Some prestigious schools within the district include Painted Rock Elementary, Adobe Bluffs ElementaryWestview High School, Design39Campus,  Park Village ElementaryPoway High School, and Del Norte High School. For more information about PUSD, check out our post here.

Poway Real Estate

Poway has a variety of homes available at all price points. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or looking to move up, Poway has a home for you! There are mobile homes, condos, townhomes, single family homes, and even luxury estates. Some properties even come with considerable acreage and allow you to keep horses. Check out available listings in Poway on our website right here.

What to Do in Poway

With sunny warm weather all year around, there’s plenty to do in Poway. Take a stroll around Old Poway Park, or check out a performance at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re an equestrian, read more on our blog about the Poway Valley Riders Association, which has fourteen acres of arenas and riding areas. Or, if you prefer to stay on your own two feet, then there are also tons of hiking trails in the area like Iron Mountain, Mt. Woodson, and the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Lake Poway offers boating, fishing, and even activities such as archery! Or, check out one of the top-rated golf courses in San Diego, Maderas Golf Club. There’s no shortage of things to do in Poway.

Living in Poway

Called “the City in the Country,” Poway is a peaceful city that offers a quieter, slower pace of life while still being close to everything San Diego has to offer. Not to mention, Poway is considered one of the 50 safest cities in California! With great schools and plenty of activities, Poway is a great place to move to.


Interested in living in Poway? Call The Roby Company at (858) 748-8002 or email us at to start your search for a home in Poway!


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Living in Poway California

Stacy Roby

My goal as a Realtor is to provide professional, individualized service to my clients with the most current market information. I eagerly accept the challenge of addressing each client’s situation and assist them with finding the right solution. My lifelong pursuit of knowledge is the driving force to further my education about real estate market trends and technology. The topics learned will be shared with my clients to assist them in making the decisions that are correct for them.