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Fallbrook, California
—  CDP  —
Location in San Diego County and the state of California
Coordinates: 33°22′18″N 117°14′10″W / 33.37167°N 117.23611°W / 33.37167; -117.23611
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
Area
 - Total 17.6 sq mi (45.4 km2)
 - Land 17.5 sq mi (45.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 682 ft (208 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 29,100
 - Density 1,653.4/sq mi (641/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92028, 92088
Area code(s) 760,442
FIPS code 06-23462
GNIS feature ID 1652708

Fallbrook is an unincorporated community in northern San Diego County, California. The Fallbrook census-designated place (CDP) population was 29,100 at the 2000 census.

Fallbrook's downtown is not on any major highway route. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Interstate 15 or 5 miles (8.0 km) north of State Route 76. Fallbrook is situated immediately east of the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton. It once housed a stagecoach stop for the stage that ran from Temecula to San Diego.

Fallbrook is known for its avocado groves and claims the title "Avocado Capital of the World". The Avocado Festival is held in the downtown strip annually and frequently draws large crowds.

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History

The community of Fallbrook began in the area known today as Live Oak County Park. The first permanent recorded settlement was in 1869, when the Vital Reche family settled here. They named the new community Fall Brook after their former homestead in Pennsylvania.

The present town site was plotted in 1885. The original Fallbrook School, though closed as a school in 1939, still serves the community as the Reche Clubhouse. One of the community’s churches was constructed in 1890 and is still in use today.

Oak trees were the original primary trees in Fallbrook. Olives became a major crop by the 1920s and continued through World War II, but were eventually phased out in favor of the present avocado and floral industry. There are over sixty wholesale and retail nurseries in the community.

Climate

Fallbrook has an average year-round temperature of 61 degrees. Due to the prevailing ocean breezes, the humidity is relatively low and constant.

The average daytime high in Fallbrook is 76 degrees, with the warmest summer temperatures seldom exceeding 90 degrees. Most of the area is frost-free; during the coldest periods the average nighttime temperature is about 42 degrees.

Annual rainfall is roughly 16 inches (41 cm) and comes mostly between November and April. The area is ideal for avocados, strawberries, tomatoes and many other sub-tropical fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Geography

Fallbrook stands at elevations between 500 and 1500 feet, with an average around 685 feet.

Fallbrook is located at 33°22′18″N 117°14′10″W / 33.37167°N 117.23611°W / 33.37167; -117.23611 (33.371691, -117.236125).[1]

The Fallbrook Community Planning Area is approximately 44 square miles or 28,160 acres. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 45.5 km² (17.5 mi²). 45.3 km² (17.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.28%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,100 people, 9,367 households, and 7,343 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 642.0/km² (1,663.3/mi²). There were 9,612 housing units at an average density of 212.1/km² (549.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.78% White, 1.43% African American, 0.90% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 20.16% from other races, and 3.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.30% of the population.

There were 9,367 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 16.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,778, and the median income for a family was $48,157. Males had a median income of $31,615 versus $27,116 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,152. About 10.7% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

In the state legislature Fallbrook is located in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Dennis Hollingsworth, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kevin Jeffries. Federally, Fallbrook is located in California's 49th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10[3] and is represented by Republican Darrell Issa.

Impact of 2007 Wildfires

On October 21, 2007, wildfires broke out across San Diego county and other parts of Southern California. By October 23, the Rice Canyon Fire had crossed Interstate 15 and spread into the east area of Fallbrook along Reche Road, prompting a mandatory evacuation order for all residents. As of October 23, at least one hundred structures had burned including over one hundred homes in the Valley Oaks Trailer Park and Pala Mesa Village condos.[4]

Schools

  • Fallbrook Union High School
  • James E. Potter Junior Highschool
  • Fallbrook Street Elementary
  • Maie Ellis Elementary
  • La Paloma Elementary
  • Live Oak Elementary (Watson)
  • William H. Frazier Elementary
  • St. Peters Catholic School K-8
  • Iowa Street School
  • Zion Lutheran School Preschool-8
  • Oasis High School

Notable residents

Fallbrook is a center for the arts with longtime residents fostering a creative atmosphere and newcomers bringing additional talents to the area. In the 1940s and 1950s it was the home of film director Frank Capra who raised olives on his Red Mountain Ranch. He served on the Board of the local water district and produced a short subject film about a water rights controversy with the federal government titled "The Fallbrook Story". In the mid-2000s Fallbrook gained popularity among Hollywood celebrities. Among those with primary or secondary residences in Fallbrook:

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