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Living in Poway, California

History on Poway

Poway is full of history. Did you know that Poway wasn’t officially a city until December 1980? American settlers came to Poway after the Civil War when the area was originally known as “Paguay”.  But there are archaeological findings proving there were inhabitants around as far back as the 16th century.

Facts About Poway:

  • There were about 800 people living and farming in Poway in 1887 but history records were not started until 1894.
  • The first newspaper, the Poway Progress, was published in 1894. 
  • In 1923 the first Poway school was built.
  • In 2004, the City of Poway adopted the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based out of nearby Camp Pendleton. 

Neighborhood & Real Estate Costs

The city of Poway has a population of 49,675 people and is known as the “City in the Country” as it boasts large homes, great neighborhoods, scenic trails, things to do for everyone in the family, great schools, and is only about 20 miles from the city of San Diego which has endless things to do!

Poway Neighborhoods

The average cost to buy a home in Poway, CA is $835,000. The housing market is very competitive in Poway with most homes not staying on the market long and selling near listing price. In addition to the neighborhoods below there are plenty more! 

  1. Silver Saddle Ranch
  2. Green Valley
  3. Glen Circle 
  4. Highland Ranch
  5. Country Squire 

Places to Grocery Shop

In Poway you have a lot of different options when it comes to buying groceries whether that be Walmart, supermarket or farmers market. Just a couple options in Poway are:

  1. Stater Bros Market
  2. Sprouts Farmers Market
  3. Grocery Outlet
  4. Smart and Final
  5. ALDI
  6. Walmart Supercenter


No matter what your religion is, Poway has churches for everyone to feel welcome at. Below are just a few churches in Poway:

  1. St. Gabriel Catholic Church
  2. Community Church of Poway
  3. Temple Adat Shalom
  4. Incarnation Lutheran Church in Poway
  5. Cornerstone Church
  6. Pomerado Christian Church
  7. Trinity San Diego
  8. St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

Health & Safety

Important Information

Crime Rates

The crime rate in Poway is low and rates as an A+. The total crime is 56% below the national average with violent crime rating 73% below the national average. Poway’s crime rate compared to the California average is 92% lower so living in Poway is safe.

Chances of Being Victim to Crime in Poway: 

  • 1 in 976 chance of being a victim of violent crime.
  • 1 in 102 chance of being a victim of property crime.
  • 1 in 93 chance of being a victim of crime.

Sex Offenders in Poway

The sex offender list for Poway is low compared to California’s average. The ratio compared to normal living civilians is 1 to 2,111 people in Poway. The California ratio is 1 to 720 people, so much lower. If you would like to view the sex offenders that could possibly or potentially live next to you view here.

Do You Have Children? 

Poway is a great place to raise kids! It is safe, they have great schools and you can raise them in the country where you will be able to enjoy nature and the outdoors while being a short drive from the city of San Diego. 

Schools in Poway


The public schools in Poway are some of the best in the state! Some of the academic analytics for the Poway public school district are:

  • 70% of Poway Public School students score proficient on Math compared to 30% average for California Public Schools.
  • 76% of Poway Public School students score proficient on English compared to 51% average for California Public Schools.
  • 81% of Poway Public School students are showing academic progress compared to 33% for California Public Schools.

Here’s to name a few Public Schools in Poway:

  1. Garden Road Elementary School
  2. Poway High School
  3. Twin Peaks Middle School
  4. Abraxas High School
  5. Tierra Bonita Elementary School
  6. Chaparral Elementary School
  7. Midland Elementary School
  8. Meadowbrook Middle School
  9. Valley Elementary School
  10. Garden Road Elementary School
  11. Painted Rock Elementary School


The private schools in Poway rate exceptionally high also! There are 11 private schools that serve the area. To view reviews, ratings and more to compare the private schools in Poway click here

Home School

If you have children that are getting their education at home there is still plenty of resources for you! Below are the top 3 home school groups in Poway but you can view more here

  1. Christian Family School of Poway
  2. Poway Unified School District
  3. HLSDA

Things to Do in Poway


With the great weather in Poway there is always something to do! The weather is a consistent 80’s in the summer and the 60’s in the winter so family time outdoors is always a great time. 

Things to Do Outdoors in Poway:

  1. Potato Chip Rock
  2. Iron Mountain
  3. Old Poway Park
  4. Blue Sky Reserve
  5. Mount Woodson Trail
  6. Poway-Midland Railroad
  7. Twin Peaks Trail
  8. Lake Poway

Health & Fitness

Is health & fitness a priority for you? Regardless of the route you take to achieve great health there are plenty of places in Poway to ensure you have a healthy mind and body.

Health & Fitness in Poway:

  1. Yauvana Yoga & Soak
  2. Orangetheory Fitness
  3. Studio Sweat 
  4. FWRD Barre + Fitness
  5. CrossFit Unsung
  6. The Boxing Club
  7. Burn Boot Camp
  8. Poway Pilates


Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in Poway. There is a lot you can do in Poway from a day at the golf course to a night at the brewery. 

Things to Do for Adults in Poway:

  1. Maderas Golf Club
  2. Lightning Brewery
  3. La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks


Poway is a great place to raise children due to the safe area and the great schools, but also because there are a lot of places you can take your kids to both inside and outside, some just for fun and others that are both fun and educational.

Things to Do with Children in Poway:

  1. Poway Equestrian Center
  2. Pump it Up
  3. Color Me Mine


There are a lot of different kinds of restaurants you can eat out in Poway from all different ethnicities, some family friendly and some not, so there is a restaurant for every type of occasion from birthdays to anniversaries to celebrations.

Restaurants in Poway:

  1. Sushi Lounge
  2. Green Eats – Clean Eats & Sips
  3. Cully’s Restaurant
  4. Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar
  5. Hamburger Factory Family Restaurant
  6. Brigantine Seafood Restaurant
  7. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto Poway
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