East County is one of the most intriguing places in San Diego. While it has a name most people recognize, it is a bit of a misnomer because East County isn't a county all to itself. It is actually part of San Diego County.
Most people associate East County with its rural areas that include incredible lakes, deep canyons and massive wilderness, the area also includes several communities both incorporated and unincorporated. So, if you are looking to plant yourself or your family is this area, there are many varied options to choose from.
East County also doesn't have a distinctive border. The County of San Diego draws unofficial boundaries for its Supervisorial District 2. This area actually covers 75 percent of San Diego County with areas that include the Cuyamaca Mountains, Laguna Mountains and Palomar Mountain. It also includes Anza-Borrego State Park, which is a dessert area.
East County is largely the polar opposite of San Diego's coastal cities. It is mountainous, full of hiking trails and wilderness, a far cry from the busyness of the cities. Its cities include both those that are more urban, but it is largely defined by its rural cities where small-town life is simpler and slower paced.