Fast Facts of Rancho Santa Fe, California

Rancho Santa Fe is a census designated place (CDP) in San Diego County of California. It is located four miles inland from The Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County. This census designated place is a well maintained downtown area which is entirely residential comprised of expensive homes, boutique shops and restaurants.


  • Population statistics at the 2010 census was 3,117.
  • Dominant race in Rancho Santa Fe are Whites followed by Hispanics and Asians.
  • The most common language spoken is English. Some people also speak Spanish.


  • It has a total area of 6.8 square miles of which 6.7 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water.
  • Probability of natural disasters – the area is historically prone to earth quakes.
  • The Encinitas and Solana Beach are located to the east of Rancho Santa Fe, CA.


  • General climate of Rancho Santa Fe, CA is hot.
  • Best time to visit the place is in the month of December and January.

History & Culture

  • Rancho Santa Fe’s first settlers were Native American, who resided more than 10,000 years.
  • In 1833, Juan Osuana, secured a land grant that was a part of San Diego. Later this grant became Rancho Santa Fe.
  • In 1906, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, through its subsidiary Santa Fe Land Improvement Company, acquired the majority of the original Rancho San Dieguito land grant.
  • The actual planning of the community occurred in the early 1920’s.
  • In 1989 the community was dedicated as a State Historic Landmark.
  • It is an unincorporated bedroom community of San Diego County.


  • Approximate median household income in 2009 was over $189,065.
  • Cost of living index in Rancho Santa Fe: 140.9, which is very high than U.S. average.
  • Unemployment rate as of March 2012: 9.5%.
  • Most common industries are finance, insurance, manufacturing, real estate and technical services.
  • Most common occupation is management, top executives, physician and supervisors.

Famous for

  • Tourist places: Ranch Santa Fe Golf Course, Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, Rancho Santa Fe Community Center and Timmons Galleries.
  • Many celebrities, socialites and prominent political figures have a luxurious home in Rancho Santa Fe.
  • Rancho Santa Fe is home to some of the nation’s top golf courses and tennis courts in the country.

Quick facts you need to know when you are traveling to this city:

  • On an average the one-way commute in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, takes 26 minutes. 71% of commuters drive their own car alone, 9% carpool with others and 2% take public transpotation.
  • Zip codes: 92091 and 92067.
  • Nearest airport: McClellan-Palomar Airport is about 9 miles from the center of Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego International Airport is 20 miles from Rancho Santa Fe.
  • Amtrak railway stations are located at Solana beach that is about five miles from Rancho Santa Fe and Oceanside that is 16 miles from the center of Rancho Santa Fe.
  • Major cities around Rancho Santa Fe, CA are Encinitas, San Diego, Poway and Carlsbad.
  • Hotels and Motels: The Inn, Whispering Palms Country Club, Rancho Valencia Resort and Morgan Run Club and Resort.