Originally founded in 1888, Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. With a population estimated at nearly 150,000 it's one of the largest cities in the San Diego Area. It is located about 30 miles north of the downtown San Diego area and is a popular suburban spot for those looking to get a bit farther out from the city.
The city's top employers by number include the Palomar Medical Center, the Escondido Union School District, the city of Escondido, Escondido Union High School District, and the North County Transit District, all of which have almost 500 employees or more. The community is served by the Escondido Union School District, the Escondido Union High School District and the San Pasqual Union School Districts, with 19 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 7 high schools.
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