Del Mar is an affluent beach city in San Diego County, California. 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. 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.
The historic Del Mar station was the only passenger stop between Oceanside and San Diego for many years and welcomed passengers from Los Angeles to the racetrack. When the Coaster commuter rail was being planned, officials recognized the need for ample parking, accessible access for wheelchair users, and a sensible routing for bus and shuttle service, and nearby Solana Beach was selected for a new station. The Del Mar City Council rejected any significant expansion of the facility, while still hoping to keep it in operation as an Amtrak-only station; but Amtrak moved their services to the new station also.
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.