Del Mar is an affluent beach city in San Diego County, California. The Del Mar Horse Races are hosted on the Del Mar racetrack every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea”, because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres (1.37 km2) from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous. The United States Navy operated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps at Del Mar during World War II. Del Mar is also one of few locations in which the Torrey Pine tree grows. The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine in the United States and only two populations of this endangered species exist. The Soledad Valley at the south of Del Mar severs two colony segments of the Pinus torreyana.
Del Mar racetrack, held live during the summer and now the fall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds also hosts the satellite wagering facility Surfside Race Place throughout the year when races aren’t live. Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the most exclusive and challenging courses in the world. Torrey Pines High School, ranked as one of the 100 Best High Schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine—known for both its upscale campus and academic/athletic prowess. Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned in Time magazine’s “100 Greatest Beaches in the World”. Fifteenth Street Beach ranked in the top 10, ranking at 4, and although “Dog Beach” did not make it into the Top 100, it did receive an honorable mention.
The median income for a household in the city was $120,001, and the median income for a family was $130,270. Males had a median income of $81,250 versus $70,069 for females. The per capita income for the city was $92,425. About 7.8% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
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