Stretching from the wave-swept sands of the Oceanside and Carlsbad coastline to the pine-topped hills of the Palomar Range and beyond to the expanses of the Borrego Desert, San Diego County's Fifth Supervisorial District is rich in resources and natural beauty.
Covering nearly 1,800 square miles of North San Diego County, four cities and a combined population of nearly 619,992, the Fifth District is highly diverse. Within district boundaries there are vast areas of National Forest and State Park lands, the U. S. Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos which share communities of interest such as business, shopping, education centers and transportation corridors, as well as a number of smaller suburban, rural and agricultural communities and planning areas.
Major interstate highways such as I-5 and I-15 provide backbone transportation corridors through the District, while the network of rural roads, including the 76 and 78 state highways, provide scenic routes connecting population centers with North County’s backcountry.
Tourism and agriculture are major industries in the Fifth District, with many of the hills and valleys covered with forests of avocado and citrus trees. Decorative flowers grown commercially, annually paint the hills of Carlsbad with rainbow colors, while cattlemen tend their herds in the oak-studded, inland valleys and farmers plant and harvest their crops. In springtime, wildflowers often carpet the barren desert sands and if you keep a keen eye, you might spot the majestic Big Horn Sheep – one of the inhabitants of our rural deserts and mountains. Other industries, including the Bio-technology industry, have discovered this area as well, with Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos developing state-of-the-art business parks. All make for one of the fastest growing regions in San Diego County.