Unincorporated: Lakeside

The Community of Lakeside is located in the western foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains on the San Diego River about 21 miles east of Downtown San Diego. Six thousand six-hundred (6,600) acres of the Rancho El Cajon land grant were purchased by the El Cajon Valley Land Company in 1886. The company mapped the area as a townsite, naming it Lakeside after Lindo Lake which is located near the Town Center.

Lakeside was essentially a rural community until the 1950s, when growth began to surge. Lakeside's rural atmosphere was very attractive to those seeking escape from the more densely settled areas of central San Diego; and, with the completion of Interstate 8, convenient access was provided to the employment centers to the west. The resulting suburbanization of Lakeside became a prime concern of the residents and in 1970 the Board of Supervisors approved creation of the Lakeside Community Planning Group.

The desire to maintain a rural type of lifestyle has affected the way in which Lakeside has developed. A considerable amount of small-scale farming still exists in the community and many homes in the residential areas of Lakeside have small horse corrals evidencing a relatively high degree of horse ownership. Maintaining and enhancing the rural imagery of the area would be an important consideration for those wishing to

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Indicatorssort ascending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics -2.1 101 Bottom
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 76.5% 71 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 13.2 113 Bottom
Vacancy Rates Housing 8.7% 96 Middle
Tree Cover Natural Areas 0.5% 110 Bottom
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 26.5 89 Middle
Transit Accessibility Transportation 12 108 Bottom
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 1.1% 83 Middle
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards -% - Data N/A
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 5.6% 59 Middle
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 89.0% 33 Top
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 61.4% 79 Middle
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 15.4% 119 Bottom
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 51.6% 84 Middle
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 54.1 113 Bottom
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 6.5 59 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.8 82 Middle
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.1% 44 Top
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 6.6% 102 Bottom
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 57.4% 51 Middle
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 22.5% 108 Bottom
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 69.2% 62 Middle
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics 10.0% 7 Top
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 34.4% 39 Top
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 56.9% 73 Middle
Commute Mode Share Transportation 11.0% 119 Bottom
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health 1.1% 71 Middle
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Age of Housing Housing 61.2% 95 Middle
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 89.0% 87 Middle
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 0.2 130 Bottom
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 19.6% 84 Middle