Welcome to El Cajon
The big box
Just 15 miles east of downtown San Diego, the community of El Cajon is circled by mountains and high hills to offer warmer summers and crisp winter evenings. Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, the city has acquired the nickname “The Big Box.” Its name originated from the Spanish phrase “El Cajon” which means “the box”. The city has this name because of the fact that it is completely surrounded by mountains. It includes the neighborhoods of Fletcher Hills, Bostonia, and Rancho San Diego.
Revitalized business district
Boasting a revitalized, redeveloped business district, the city is proud of its award-winning architecture and status as a regional center for East County. Much of El Cajon’s successful redevelopment is in its regional centers which house the Superior and Municipal Courts, City Hall, and East County Performing Arts Center. El Cajon was incorporated as a city in the year 1912.
East County proud
El Cajon enjoys a strong economic base, claims an executive airport and home to the East County Performing Arts Center. There a numerous parks, golf courses, a library, community center, and several medical centers, in the largest incorporated city in East County. Established residential neighborhoods offer traditional-style homes with appealing details. Custom-built homes overlooking El Cajon offer spectacular views and new residential villages feature many amenities.