It might be known to ‘80s movie fans as “home to the ‘Top Gun’ house,” but there is so much more to the third largest city in the county. Just south of Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the country, Oceanside is also home to the California Surf Museum and Mission San Luis Rey. The annual Harbor Days festival embodies the spirit of the city as it gets the whole community out to celebrate all things nautical while honoring local military.
Population: Approximately 183,000
Housing units: Approximately 64,750
Median income: $59,395