Encinitas is a coastal beach city in San Diego County, California. Located within Southern California, it is approximately 25 miles north of San Diego in North County and about 95 miles south of Los Angeles. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 59,518, up from 58,014 at the 2000 census. Encinitas is known for its mild climate and surf scene. The largest single industry in the city is the growing of ornamental flowers, particularly poinsettias.
The city was incorporated in 1986 from the communities of historic Encinitas, new Encinitas (Village Park, etc.), Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. These communities retain their identities and their distinctive flavors.
Encinitas lies of rugged coastal terrain. The city is bisected by a low lying coastal ridge that separates new and old Encinitas. In the north of the city the coast rises in elevation and the land is raised up in the form of many coastal bluffs. The city is surrounded by Batiquitos Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon to the north and south respectively.
Surfing is a popular activity in Encinitas, particularly at Swami’s, which is rated in the top 5 surf locations in the world.
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