Located just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, the City of Vista has a perfect mild Mediterranean climate with over 101,638 residents. Vista’s sphere of influence also includes portions of unincorporated San Diego County to the north and east, with a county island in the central west. A flag is displayed at the Vista Civic Center. The flag design is the seal of Vista on a blue background.
Originally the lands of Rancho Buena Vista and Rancho Guajome, Vista was founded on October 9, 1882, with the establishment of a post office. It was incorporated on January 28, 1963, and became a charter city on June 13, 2007.
Vista is known for its abundant microbreweries, restaurants, shopping attractions, and theaters. Some of the state’s most scenic beaches are just a few minutes away from the city. It has more than 25 educational institutions for youth, and a business park home to over 800 companies. In a 2015 review, Vista was ranked as the 173rd-best place in California (out of 240) for families, based on factors such as family life, recreational opportunities, education, health, safety, and affordability.