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

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