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Unincorporated town is a book character, on the National Registry of Historic Places
Some people say this census-designated place is named after a fictional character in Helen Hunt Jackson’s best-selling novel. Others say Ramona, California got its name after a project by the Santa Maria Land and Water Company. The company acquired 2,300 acres and called the townsite, Ramona. Though no one real knows when the town started being called Ramona, the Ramona Town Hall was on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1994.
Ramona is unincorporated, so there are no city limits to measure its square mileage, but the Ramona Community Planning Area is more than 130 square miles in San Diego County. With its microclimate, this location near the foothills of the Laguna Mountainsis, and the fact this unincorporated community is near two state highways, State Route 67 and State Route 78. With its population of 36,405, longitude of 33’29 and latitude of 116’52’14.
An area that offers plenty to new and experienced homebuyers and Renters
Many people may not realize Ramona’s Town Hall is a small part of history in the area and has been instrumental in becoming some many things to so many people. It served as the first library and the first bank in the area. It also is where many a boxing match was held in the 1960s.
It may be unincorporated, but Ramona still has plenty to offer couples and families in the area. Its warm Mediterranean climate is a draw for many who do not want to live in an extreme hot climate. The average temperature in the area is between 67 and 91 degrees annually and it receives as little as 15 inches a year. There are 528 people living in one square mile and 78 percent of the households in the area are white. Thirty-six percent are Hispanic and less than 2 percent are Asian, African American, Native American, or Pacific Islander. The average family size is 3.36 people and almost 40 percent of households had a child under 18 in the house. Fifty-eight percent of the households were couples married to the opposite sex, 11 percent were single females, and six percent were single males. The median age is 36 years old and sixty-one percent own their own home. Thirty-eight percent rent in Ramona. The average house costs $384,000 and housing has appreciated more than 18 percent. The average condominium costs around $395,000 in 2002.
Ramona has an airport and is a good area to live for those who want to take advantage of its warm and nice summer climate year around. For those families who have children, all but one of Ramona’s public schools isoperated by the Ramona United School District, with a five-member board. There are also nearby schools, in San Pasqual Valley. Class sizes are small for those attending schools in Ramona. There are 25 students per a teacher.
Little known facts and best reasons to live in Ramona
You may not know that Ramona has been ranked the No. 2 playful city in the country. It also is not a well-known fact that this census-populated place was once the “Turkey Capital of the World,” in the 1930s. By 1959, turkey farmers had disappeared, though they started declining after World War II. Chicken farmers also called Ramona home because it was a good place for egg production in the 1920s through the 1970s. In 1970, there were 50 egg ranches in Ramona and in 2003, only four remained. Increasing population and inflated land values have killed the chicken industry and egg production.
It was also home a California racehorse, which earned more than $5 million in purse money. Best Pal was a second place finisher in the Kentucky Derby and lived at the Golden Eagle Eye Farm in Ballena Valley. Upon his death, Best Pal was buried on farm grounds.
Ramona is growing area and there are plenty of Jobs
In the 92065 zip code, jobs are plentiful. Jobs have increased a little over 1 percent and the unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 6.30 percent. For those who work outside the area, the commute is a short one of on average, 32 minutes. This quiet area also offers limited fast food, limited services, such as dry cleaning, etc. There are plenty of places for residents to ride their horses, bicycling paths, walking paths, parks, and golf carts in the area. Parents can safely rear children in this coastal city because there are many areas with 24-hour surveillance and guard patrols.
However, there is only one grocery store in the area and families may have to drive more than 30 minutes to find a library or a gym. There is also no mall in the area unless families want to go to San Diego, a 120-mile trip. There is no official fire department in Ramona, though the San Diego Rural Fire Department services the area.
Attractions and best restaurants to frequent in this woodlands
There are a number of restaurants to choose from in this small community. From Thai food to Mexican cuisine, this little town offers a good selection of cultural dishes. Those who love warm sushi should try the Bruce Lee at Da Tuna Shack. Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday, this eatery offers reasonable prices. Dishes are between $11 and $30, depending on the dish’s ingredients.
For those who want to enjoy a glass of vino before dinner, there are a number of wineries and vineyards in the area. Grants Farms is one of the wineries that offers the best Reds in an area where there are a large number of wineries and vineyards to visit and sample their goods. In light of all these rosy red factors, Ramona remains a great census designated place to live. Jobs are plenty and it boosts of reasonable housing costs for this area and some of the best attractions. Who also does not want to live in what has been ranked the No. 2 “playful city in the country?”