Get to know Vista, CA

The city of Vista lies in northwestern San Diego County.  Settler John Frazier came to the area and opened the first post office in 1882, choosing the name Vista.  The town grew slowly through the 1910’s because of a lack of water supply.  In 1923 the Vista Irrigation District was funded to construct a new water supply from Lake Henshaw.  The area grew as buildings popped up and agriculture started to flourish.  Tomatoes, celery, citrus fruits, and avocados were the main crops.  By 1948 Vista had become the world’s avocado capital.  Population and housing demands caused agriculture to decline following World War II.  Vista was incorporated in 1963.  The major employers in Vista are the Vista Unified School District and the San Diego Superior Court.  Popular attractions include the Rancho Guajome Adobe and the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum.

Quick Facts

Population: 97,564

Median Household Income: $50,601

Median Property Value: $360,700

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