Tierrasanta is a largely residential community with a military heritage. City planners consider Tierrasanta to include about 11 square miles northwest of the San Diego River, north of Friars Road, south of state Route 52 and east of Interstate 15.
Its population is estimated at about 37,000 residents.
While Tierrasanta is primarily a residential community, it’s served by several commercial shopping centers. Tierrasanta Town Center, operated by Carlsbad-based Terramar Retail Centers, is a 126,000-square-foot complex on Tierrasanta Boulevard anchored by chain stores including Albertsons, Ace Hardware, AutoZone and Rite Aid.
Small businesses in the community include Island Style Café, Santo Sushi, Champion Field sports bar, JP’s Pub, Tierrasanta Barber Shop, Tierrasanta Cleaners, Superior Stone and grocery Farmers Outlet.