Located in the southern California coast, Camp Pendleton is the major naval base on the West Coast of the U.S. Marine Corps. The facility is just about 38 miles from downtown San Diego and 82 miles from Los Angeles. The north border of the base faces Riverside and Orange counties, besides Cleveland National Forest and San Clemente, having Oceanside to the south and eastward is Fallbrook. Camp Pendleton San Diego should not be confused with Camp Pendleton Virginia, the military reservation at Virginia Beach.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps is a very large naval base encompassing over 125, 527 acres in Southern California and is home to the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The base serves the Marine Corps as a paramount amphibious and sea-to-shore training facility across the 17 miles of coastline within this base. Nonetheless, this is one of the most busiest Department of Defense's installations, providing training facilities not only for the Marines, but also to Navy and Army units, beside local and state agencies.

Cost Of Living: Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corps base situated next to San Diego, an area of Spaniard and Latino cultural heritage, with a  consumer index price of 76.10, with a local purchase power of 126.94 that translates into a cost of living that is 5.9% greater that the state of California average and 43.6% greater than the average cost of living in America.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base operator telephone number: (760)-725-4111. Public Affairs Office: 760)-725-5799.

Base Population: Camp Pendleton is not only one of the largest Marine Corps bases, but also one of the most populated, with nearly 25,000 Marines and Sailors, along with more than 77,000 military retirees living within a 50-mile radius of the base.

City/Area Population: Camp Pendleton is nestled in a very populated area of Southern California, which closest city is San Diego, a  major Californian city with warm climate and beautiful beaches. San Diego is located about 120 miles south from the city of Los Angeles and is adjacent to the border with Mexico, boosting a population of 1,381,069 in the city area, 2,956,746 in the urban area, and 3,095,313 in the metro area. The city of San Diego is the most populated city in San Diego County, the fourth in California, and the eighth most populated city in America.

Child Development Centers: Marines at Camp Pendleton contribute to the promotion of the "Adopt-A-School" program, linking this way elementary education with a unit at the base, allowing children and Marines to study one-on-one, enhancing student learning.

Youth Programs: Child and Youth programs and schools that Camp Pendleton covers are in the housing area of South Mesa I West, South Mesa II, Forster Hills, Wire Mtn I, Wire Mtn 3, providing elementary, mid-school, and high school education provided by the Oceanside School District.

Family Readiness Centers: Camp Pendleton conducts the Women Infant Children (WIC) program, aimed for low-income women, infants and young children. The goal of this program is to provide food and health care to families that are at nutritional risk. Similarly, Camp Pendleton also conducts Family Readiness programs for the base population.

Employment: Camp Pendleton is the largest employer in the San Diego area for the last 60 years. For more information call (760) 725-5893.

Base Services: This is a large Marine Corps base with many services available. For specific information call Camp Pendleton Community Relations: (760)-725-5569.


Camp Pendleton was built in 1942, when the U.S. Marine Corps where looking for a large land area to establish a training facility. However, the history of the place that occupies this base can be traced back to 1769, when the Spaniard expeditionary Captain Gaspar de Portolá arrived to the actual area of Camp Pendleton to establish Franciscans missions throughout the state of California.

During World War II this base was mainly used as a training school and to discharge soldiers returning from war. From 1950 to 1990 the camp kept growing, the former Spaniard ranch house was declared a National Historic Site and the turn of the century brought to this base the addition of new branches from the U.S. Military.

Units: There is a total of roughly 42,000 active duty stationed at this base, from which 2,000 come from six units that are in two-week training and 19,500 from 200 units that are in weekend reserve training.

Housing: Camp Pendleton has 2,600 building and 7,300 family housing units.






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