Originally an unincorporated community in San Diego County, Poway officially became a city in December 1980. Located along the east side of Interstate 15, generally between Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo, Poway’s rural roots gave rise to its slogan “The City in the Country.”
Poway experienced substantial population growth beginning in the late 1950’s. Lake Poway, originally constructed in 1971 to provide the farmers with a source of dependable water, is now a popular fishing lake, passive park and recreation facility.
Considered an upper middle class city, the vast majority of homes (over 80%) in Poway are single-family, detached residences, although several condominium complexes do exist. True to their rural history, Poway offers areas many areas zoned for horses. Residential development ranges higher density to rural, and housing from the relatively affordable to multi-million dollar homes can be found.
In the heart of old Poway is located Old Poway Park which offers weekend train rides, a farmers’ market, old-fashioned shops, and a museum. The Poway business park comprises approximately 700 acres. Poway is home to over 4,700 acres of open space, 82 miles of trails, 25 parks.
Children attend schools in the Poway Unified School District. Residents are subject to Proposition BB, which assesses each homeowner annually ($17.75 per $100,000 of assessed value) for the Palomar Pomerado health care system, and Proposition U benefiting the schools ($55 per $100,000 of assessed value annually).