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  • Oceanside has a Livability Score of 67/100, which is considered average
  • Oceanside crime rates are 15% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Oceanside is 1% lower than the California average
  • Oceanside real estate prices are 6% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Oceanside are 12% higher than the California average

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      Oceanside, CA

      Oceanside is a classic California beach town that is home to over 175,000 residents. The city is a great place to enjoy a cool summer breeze off of the Pacific Ocean, and it offers its citizens a very high quality of life. One of the most iconic attractions in the city is the pier which juts far out into the beautiful Southern California waters. While home prices in Oceanside are high for most, the price that you pay to live here can be considered a solid return on your investment.

      As mentioned, the Oceanside Fishing Pier is the top attraction in the area, and it is a place where locals and tourists come to shop, dine, and enjoy evenings watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. This is also one of the city's top surf spots where you can catch a wave in the warm waters of the ocean. For those who rather stay on land and learn more about surfing, Oceanside is home to the California Surf Museum. This surf mecca provides tales about the men and women who have made the sport what it is today. It also has a collection of classic surfboards that have surfed some of the gnarliest waves in the world. Mission San Luis Rey is an old California mission that is a functional church today. Taking a tour of the church lets you reconnect with a higher power, and it is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

      Camp Pendleton is a large United States Marine Corps installation that offers a lot of employment opportunities to those who live in Oceanside. The public schools are also one of the best places to find a job. One of the nice things about Oceanside in comparison to other California cities is that it does not have the same type of traffic jams as LA or San Francisco. Oceanside has public transit options as well that can help people leave their cars at home. Biking and walking are also popular ways to get around Oceanside thanks to the amazing weather that the city experiences on a regular basis.

      Oceanside has a number of famous restaurants that are going to leave you impressed. Beach Break Cafe and Felix's BBQ with Soul are both good choices where you can get a good meal. Those looking for the perfect neighborhood to buy or rent a home in Oceanside should check out the Tri City, Mira Costa, and Crystal Sands areas. Each of these offer a number of housing options, access to great schools, and a part of the California lifestyle. Oceanside is a wonderful community that is welcoming you to come and join the family.

      Top Rated Schools in Oceanside

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Mission Elementary SchoolKG - 5520n/a
      Santa Margarita Elementary SchoolKG - 8608n/a
      Ocean Shores High (Continuation)9 - 12140n/a
      Roosevelt Middle6 - 81,069n/a
      Libby Elementary SchoolKG - 5535n/a
      Jefferson Middle6 - 8611n/a
      Scholarship Prep - OceansideKG - 8236n/a
      Madison Middle6 - 81,077n/a
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      Oceanside, CA - Perfect Climate and Great Beaches!

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      Oceanside, California is a wonderful city in Southern California that is located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Oceanside has a perfect climate and 3.5 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. Surfers and vacationers come from all over the globe to enjoy Oceanside's natural beauty. The longest all-wood pier on the west coast is the Oceanside Municipal Pier. Located in San Diego County, Oceanside has a populaion of only around 200,000 people. The bar and club scene is definitely much less active than other cities in Southern California. Although Oceanside is a small city, it has many great restaurants that serve delicious steak and seafood as well as a handful of interesting attractions to visit.

      With its relaxing coastal atmosphere, Oceanside is the type of city where someone can go and let the rest of the world disappear. When in Oceanside, people should stop by 333 Pacific, which offers 180 degree views of the oceanfront. Steaks, chops, crabs, lobster, sushi rolls, fish, and sashimi are all on the menu. The wine list has over 200 selections. All of which will add to your interesting Oceanside adventure!
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      Source: The Oceanside, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).