El Cajon is a small community that lies in a valley surrounded by mountains, about twenty miles east of downtown San Diego. Incorporated in 1912, the central city area of El Cajon evolved into a much larger incorporated area with large population spikes occurring after World War II and again between 1970 and 1990.
The area is home to several family-friendly attractions, including the Water Conservation Garden and Butterfly Garden at Cuyamaca College, Sycuan Casino, Summers Past Farms, and the Parkway Plaza Mall.
There are a number of public schools and colleges in El Cajon, including Grossmont Community College and Granite Hills High School. The area is also a great place for seniors, and offers a variety of senior-friendly activities; including monthly events.