Covering 13.5 square miles, Spring Valley is the largest unincorporated community in San Diego County. Its prime location in East County makes Spring Valley apartments for rent a popular choice for people looking for quiet, family-oriented neighborhoods just 11 miles east of the city of San Diego. Spring Valley is bordered by the eastern San Diego suburbs of La Mesa, El Cajon, Jamul and Lemon Grove. Smaller communities have developed within the boundaries of Spring Valley, and the area is home to more than 100,000 residents.
Spring Valley residents can easily take advantage of the outdoor recreation found in San Diego's East County wilderness. The region features mountains, lakes and canyons, and is home to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Cleveland National Forest. Mission Trails Regional Park is a popular place for mountain biking, and El Capitan Reservoir is a top fishing destination. Rock climbing and camping opportunities are plentiful in Spring Valley.
East County also offers plenty of arts and cultural activities. Native American casinos and luxurious resorts are nestled in the mountains, and challenging golf courses are built around natural obstacles. It's easy for Spring Valley residents to take advantage of the San Diego coast by driving just a half hour west to popular beaches such as Mission Beach or Coronado Island.
Spring Valley's convenient location in San Diego County makes it easy for residents to take advantage of one of the nation's fastest-growing job markets. The occupations with the fastest growth in San Diego county are in the fields of information security, web development and computer networking. The healthcare industry is also experiencing significant job growth. The top employers in San Diego County are the 32nd St. Naval Station, Barona Casino, Barona Resort, General Dynamics NASSCO and Goodrich Aerostructures Group.
Spring Valley students are served by the Grossmont Union High School District, which consists of nine comprehensive high schools and three charter schools, along with numerous facilities for alternative and adult education. East County is home to two community colleges, Grossmont College and Cuyamaca Community College. Other highly-ranked colleges and universities in San Diego near Spring Valley apartments include Point Loma Nazarene University, University of San Diego and San Diego State University.
Residents in Spring Valley can save money by taking advantage of the Green Buildings Program offered by San Diego that helps lower utility costs. San Diego County also offers financial assistance for energy-efficient improvements. The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego operates multiple housing programs to assist low-income families including Section 8 Rental Assistance Programs, Public Housing and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing.
East County residents enjoy a lower cost of living than residents living in downtown San Diego, and Spring Valley is more affordable than the coastal cities in San Diego County. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent for rentals in Spring Valley was $1,322 in 2009.
East County is home to three busy casinos, operated by the Barona, Sycuan and Viejas Band of Native Americans. They provide Las Vegas action mixed with fine dining, popular concerts and luxurious spa amenities. The Viejas Casino features an outlet center made up of 57 top designer stores, and has more than 2,000 slot machines.
The annual Julian Apple Harvest attracts thousands of people to East County during the two-day celebration. The harvest and festival includes gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, music and dancing, and plenty of apple pie.
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