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Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley

Gorgeous suburban area in San Diego.

Welcome to Carmel Valley

Located among the rolling hills of breathtaking San Diego, Carmel Valley is a suburban planned community that is known for its top schools. The charming area is home to marvelous sprawling homes, challenging golf courses, a buzzing commercial hub, and diverse recreational options. There’s a lot to do, from hiking through the hills to seeing a show at the theater or eating at fantastic restaurants. One of the newer neighborhoods in San Diego, built in 1975, there's a strong sense of community that allows you to live a laid-back — yet exciting —  lifestyle.

What to Love

  • Abundance of extracurricular activities
  • Excellent schools
  • Stunning views of Southern California
  • Amazing golf courses and recreation

People & Lifestyle

Everyone who lives in this sunny community loves both getting outdoors to take advantage of all that the trails, canyons, and parks have to offer, as well as hitting the town by day and night for entertainment. Many are drawn to the area for its large homes and excellent schools. Most residents own their homes and enjoy visiting the local coffee shops, restaurants, and businesses.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Carmel Valley offers unique and familiar food galore. International Smoke serves mouthwatering dishes, like woodfired steak, cedar-smoked salmon, and ribs. Head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, for their classic sizzling, butter-topped steak. For superb French fare in an elegant dining room, make reservations for dinner at Addison, where you can choose between five- and ten-course menus and wine pairings. North Italia is perfect when you’re craving modern Italian foods in a cozy setting. Looking for something a bit more casual? URBN One PaseoSpices Thai Cafe, and Marketplace Grille offer everything from Thai dishes to Mediterranean eats. Nearby Del Mar Highlands Town Center has even more dining options, with its newly opened Sky Deck featuring ten new restaurants atop an elevated deck with a view. Not to mention its great shopping options and Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Del Mar movie theater, for entertainment along before or after a meal.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

One Paseo

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Things to Do

  1. Spend a day swimming or lying by the pool, playing tennis, or taking fitness classes at the Bay Club. Treat yourself to a golf retreat (or spa day!) at The Grand Golf ClubThe Carmel Valley Recreation Center has open play for the kiddos and tons of classes to keep the family busy. Ashley Falls Park is a fun way to get outside and play, and so are all of the other four Carmel Valley parks. Want some nature time? Put on your hiking boots and head over to nearby open space Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.


Carmel Valley has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:

  • Ashley Falls School, Public, K-6
  • Ocean Air School, Public, K-6
  • Sage Canyon School, Public, K-6
  • Carmel Valley Middle School, Public, 7-8
  • Torrey Pines High School, Public, 9-12
  • Cathedral Catholic High School, Private, 9-12
  • Canyon Crest Academy, Public, 9-12

Overview for Carmel Valley, CA

48,576 people live in Carmel Valley, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $79,634. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41 years

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Around Carmel Valley, CA

There's plenty to do around Carmel Valley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walking Score
Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Satori Designs, Clothe+Arrow, and Pree Fit.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 4.79 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.71 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.75 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.23 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.52 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.23 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Carmel Valley, CA

Carmel Valley has 17,764 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carmel Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 48,576 people call Carmel Valley home. The population density is 6,806.232 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

48.91 / 51.09%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
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  • Bachelor Degree
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Commute Time

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Schools in Carmel Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Carmel Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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