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There were 17,009 households of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.1% were non-families. Of all households 2.4% were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.30.
The median age in the town was 38 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 65.3% were between the ages of 18 and 64; and 7.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the community was 50.5% female and 49.5% male.
Rancho Peñasquitos is a car-dependent area according to WalkScore.com. Black Mountain Road is the main north-south artery, and Carmel Mountain Road/Rancho Peñasquitos Boulevard is the main east-west artery. State Route 56 traverses east-west through the central portion of the community. Interstate 15 forms an eastern boundary of Rancho Peñasquitos, with Carmel Mountain Ranch lying on the far side.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates a bus through the area, #20, with a stop on Carmel Mountain Road. The MTS Rapid #235 bus operates from the Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station, arriving in downtown San Diego in only 5 stops.
Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands is an annual high school marching band parade and field show competition, fully volunteer-run by the Mt Carmel Music Foundation. It has been held in late October every year since 1976, and is the most widely attended parade and field competition in San Diego with over 30 bands from San Diego county and the Los Angeles metropolitan area in attendance.
The Fiesta de Los Penasquitos and Parade is on the first weekend in May when PQ Residents and community organizations partner to celebrate everything PQ with a 5K Fun Run, Street Fair, and Parade (as of 2015). a) The annual PQ5K Fun Run (since 2007) is a free event sponsored by the Peñasquitos Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in partnership with the Peñasquitos Town Council for PQ residents and neighbors. The event begins the Saturday before the Fiesta de los Peñasquitos at the LDS Stake Center on Black Mountain Rd and ends at the Del Sur Meetinghouse with free breakfast for the participants. b) The annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos began in May 1995 as a local community street fair. It is typically held on the first Sunday in May. In 2015, the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council held its Inaugural Parade which starts from Mt. Carmel High School and ends at Sundance Elementary School. The event is managed by Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council but is possible in large part because of the City of San Diego Arts & Culture Grant. http://www.rpcouncil.com/ The http://www.92129magazine.com/ is one of the many local sponsors and covers the Fiesta de los Peñasquitos each year.
In Honor of the Fourth of July, the Rancho Peñasquitos Recreation Council sponsors a fireworks show at Westview High School, and is usually held on July 3. Funding was not available in 2019 for a fireworks show.
^Angeles, Steve (18 November 2014). "Meet San Diego's newest Fil-Am Councilmember". ABS-CBN North America News Bureau. Redwood Shores, California. Retrieved 2017. Over 180,000 Filipinos live in San Diego County. The largest concentrations are in Cate's district which includes the Mira Mesa and Rancho Penesquitos neighborhoods fondly called by locals as Manila Mesa and Rancho Pinoy-quitos. Judy Patacsil; Rudy Guevarra, Jr.; Felix Tuyay (2010). Filipinos in San Diego. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN978-0-7385-8001-2. In the lower northern region of San Diego large concentrations of Filipinos live in areas called Mira Mesa Mesa (sometimes referred to as "Manila Mesa"), in Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Penasquitos (sometimes referred to simply as "PQ").
^San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line Stations and Mileage between them, derived from the newspaper article by a traveler to the Gadsden Purchase printed in the Sacramento Daily Union, 11 January 1858, p.4, A TRIP TO THE GADSDEN PURCHASE
^"Realty Roundup: Sales Course Scheduled". San Diego Union. March 25, 1962.