Unincorporated: North Mountain

The North Mountain subregion is characterized by vast open expanses of land and scattered rural residential development. Much of the land is held as private ownership including Agricultural Preserves, Indian lands, and public domain. Rural communities include Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs, Palomar Mountain, Mesa Grande, Sunshine Summit, Ranchita and Oak Grove. Each community is distinct, but common to all is the pursuit of a rural lifestyle.

The community of Palomar Mountain is located in the mountains in the northwest portion of the subregion. Dense forests of coniferous and deciduous trees provide the mountain ambience which defines the community character of Palomar Mountain. The residential areas first experienced significant development in the early 1900s and some of the older cabins and other structures still survive. Today, the mountain supports both full and part-time residents, resulting in a mixture of types and sizes of residences, as well as the internationally renowned Palomar Mountain Observatory.

Indicator Details

Indicators Primary Domainsort descending Indicator Value Rank Tier
Business Retention Economic Health 1.0% 75 Middle
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 18.1% 74 Middle
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 62.1% 24 Top
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 89.2% 85 Middle
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 92.2% 26 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 76.3% 16 Top
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 41.7% 115 Bottom
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards -% - Data N/A
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 23.2% 135 Bottom
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 34.2% 145 Bottom
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 7.1% 115 Bottom
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 29.8 129 Bottom
Age of Housing Housing 49.0% 75 Middle
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 33.5% 37 Top
Vacancy Rates Housing 49.6% 148 Bottom
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 7.9 70 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 9.3% 143 Bottom
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.6 67 Middle
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Tree Cover Natural Areas 2.5% 33 Top
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 0 140 Bottom
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics -3.6 134 Bottom
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 22.5 139 Bottom
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics 100.0% 27 Top
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 91.1% 11 Top
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 81.4% 33 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 0.6 143 Bottom
Commute Mode Share Transportation 23.0% 21 Top
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 25.2% 143 Bottom
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 1 150 Bottom