Paradise Hills, San Diego

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Coordinates: 32°40′34″N 117°03′29″W / 32.676°N 117.058°W / 32.676; -117.058

Paradise Hills, San Diego
Community of San Diego
Paradise Hills
Nickname(s): "P.H.", "Pe Ache", "The Hills", "The 1608"
Paradise Hills is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
Paradise Hills is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
Paradise Hills, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Paradise Hills, San Diego
Paradise Hills, San Diego
Location within Southeast San Diego
Coordinates: 32°40′34″N 117°03′29″W / 32.676°N 117.058°W / 32.676; -117.058
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego

Paradise Hills is a neighborhood in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego, California. It is an outlying neighborhood adjacent to the independent city of National City and the unincorporated communities of Lincoln Acres and certain portions of Bonita.

Demographic statistics are only available for the wider 92139 ZIP code which includes all of Paradise Hills and a portion of neighboring Bay Terraces; in this ZIP code, people of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage make up the plurality of residents (37.2%, most of which reside in adjacent Bay Terraces), followed by Hispanics of all races (29.9%, with the majority residing west of Dusk Drive), non-Hispanic Whites (14.9%), and Blacks (12.6%).[1]

Geographically, Paradise Hills encompasses the area east of Rachael Avenue (the boundary between San Diego and National City), south of Paradise Valley Road (a boundary with another San Diego neighborhood, Bay Terraces), north of State Route 54 (a boundary between San Diego and Bonita), and west of Dusk Drive and Potomac Street (another boundary with Bay Terraces).[2][3] Stemming from old gang-enforced boundaries, "Paradise Hills" is sometimes incorrectly used to locate any place near the Skyline-Paradise Hills Community which includes the neighborhoods Skyline, Paradise Hills, Bay Terraces, Lomita, and the Meadowbrook Housing Project.[4]

Public elementary schools located in Paradise Hills are Lee Elementary, Paradise Hills Elementary, and Perry Elementary; Penn Elementary lies on the border between Paradise Hills and Bay Terraces. Public secondary schools serving Paradise Hills residents are Bell Middle School and Morse High School (both in neighboring Bay Terraces and Skyline, respectively); San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) also lies on the border between Paradise Hills and Bay Terraces. SCPA provides education from 9th through 12th grades with an added emphasis on performing arts.[5] The largest private school in Paradise Hills, St. Michael's Catholic School, provides education from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Recreation centers in and bordering the neighborhood include Charles L. Lewis III Memorial Skate Park,[6] Paradise Hills Recreation Center,[7] and Penn Athletic Field.[8]


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