The name Poway is derived from the language of the Diegueno and Luiseno Indians who occupied the area for several hundred years before the Spaniards came. Documents of Mission San Diego de Alcala spoke of the valley of “Paguay” as early as 1828 and, by 1869, enough settlers had arrived in the valley to warrant a post office. Poway has a rich agricultural history that included vegetable farms, orchards, vineyards, dairy farms and bees. Poway became known for its exceptional peaches and for its vineyards and some of those vineyards still enhance the Poway landscape.
At the turn of the 20th century, Poway had a population of fewer than 1,000 and the town did not really experience much growth until the late 1950’s, when Poway Valley Homes opened its first subdivision. Poway experienced another growth period in the early 1970’s after the construction of the dam that created Lake Poway, providing residents with a more permanent source of water. Today, Poway boasts a population of nearly 50,000.
The residents of Poway have a strong sense of community. They are respectful of their history and invested in their present and their future. They actively seek to create and maintain an environment that is inclusive, inviting and unique. They take pride in their city and welcome you to come enjoy the “Poway experience!” Why Poway? Why not!