November 18, 2015

PQ Community

The City of San Diego community of Rancho Peñasquitos (PQ) is located west of Interstate 15, north of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, south of the community of Rancho Bernardo, and east of the Torrey Highlands Community. Interstate Route 56 traverses east-west through the central portion of the community. Rancho Peñasquitos encompasses approximately 6,500 acres including Black Mountain Regional Park. It is named after the first Mexican land grant in the county, Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos. Peñasquitos means little cliffs in Spanish.

PQRancho Peñasquitos is identified as a Planned Urbanized Community in the City’s Progress Guide and General Plan. Development of the community is nearly complete with only a limited number of sites still available for development. Approximately 51 percent of Rancho Peñasquitos is designated for residential development, 34 percent for parks and open space, and 2 percent for commercial. The community has a diverse topography that is characterized by numerous canyons, hillsides and ridges. The most prominent feature of the community is Black Mountain which rises to an elevation of 1,500 feet.

According to 2010 census estimates, the population of Rancho Peñasquitos is 51,208 and has median income of $105,708. Visit for more demographic details.

Rancho Peñasquitos residents attend Poway Unified School District schools, are served by San Diego Police Department Northeastern Substation, San Diego Fire Department Station 40, San Diego Parks and Recreation Canyonside and Hilltop Park Community Centers and San Diego Public Library system.

For more information on PQ history, check out The Friends of the Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve website: Peñ

For more information about PQ’s government representatives, public safety, recreation, schools, real estate, business, community interest, and scouting, please see our Everything PQ page.