Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (30) F
Entertainment (14) B
Food and Drink (140) A+
Fitness (30) A+
Groceries (35) A+
Parks (241) A+
Shops (214) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 2.7% take public transportation in Chula Vista.
Public Transit Stops (229)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Chula Vista is 138/100 - which is 2% lower than California.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime B-

Chula Vista crime rates are 1,628 per 100k, which is 43% lower than California
Property Crime
1,277 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
351 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Chula Vista is $86,132 - which is 35% higher than California.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health C-

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (44)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing C+

Chula Vista home prices are $526,500 - which is 29% higher than California
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
6.1x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The Chula Vista graduation rate is 78% - which is 2% lower than California
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (74) A+
High Schools (33) A+
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ratings B

Chula Vista has an overall rating of 72% from 13 reviews.
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User Surveys (11)
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Chula Vista Area Facts

  • Chula Vista has a Livability Score of 77/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Chula Vista crime rates are 43% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Chula Vista is 2% lower than the California average

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Too crowded 3 rating By Stageld ( Mar 05, 2017) Too crowded, bad traffic and road infrastructure, low flying air traffic from airport and the navy. Overbuilding with no planning. No employment. Bedroom community to San Diego. Goods and services subpar. Dangerous at night. ...Read More Read Less
Chula Vista, California: Hip, Upbeat, and Fun 4 rating By Anonymous ( May 05, 2010) Out of all the California cities I visited when I worked there, Chula Vista was one of my favorite. The city is rich with diverse restaurants, offering everything you can imagine. The natural beauty surrounding the area is also breath-taking. I was fortunate to go on a bike ride ...Read More on one of the trails in Chula Vista and fell in love. My friends and I also went kayaking at San Diego Bay and had some of the best times of our lives.

I have visited other California cities, like San Bernadino and Santa Ana and have at times felt very unsafe. To be honest, I felt very safe in Chula Vista. I didn't see any random sketchy people, and overall I found people we dealt with to be very friendly. Now, that being said, some of my friends said all the crime happens at night in Chula Vista. But I suppose that could be with any state that has large metropolitan areas and cities.

Overall, there is a very "environmental" and "open" feel to Chula Vista. Even with over 250,000 people, the community seems to care about the environment and it shows in the cleanliness of the city buildings and streets. I would not mind visiting the city of Chula Vista again. Read Less
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Chula Vista, CA

Chula Vista is a city that has enjoyed significant growth in the recent past, and the city is currently home to over 270,000. This population size makes it one of the largest cities in San Diego County, and it gives the city a vibrant economy that is also blessed with rich soil for agricultural production. Chula Vista is a short 15 minute drive from San Diego making it a great option for those who work in the city but are looking for more affordable housing.

Sharp Chula Medical Center is a world-class treatment center that employees a lot of local area residents. Scripps Memorial Hospital is another top area employers that is known for the quality of life that they provide to their workforce. Southwestern College is one of the city's top institutions of higher education, and they provide jobs to a large number of professors and staff. The average median income in Chula Vista is pretty high thanks to the large number of professionals that call the area home.

As mentioned earlier, home prices in Chula Vista are cheaper than they are in other parts of San Diego County, but someone who is moving into the area from out of state may experience a little bit of sticker shock when they see the price to buy or rent a home. Eastlake, Eastlake Vistas, and Rancho Del Rey are a few of the nicest areas in town that most residents recommend to newcomers who are looking to put down roots. All of them offer easy access to shopping, transit, and entertainment.

Speaking of transit, one of the nice parts about living in Chula Vista is the quick drive to San Diego via Interstate 5. Those who are looking to head south of the border down into Mexico can do so as well. In general, traffic is much lighter in Chula Vista than it is in other areas of California. Those who want to get around by bus or shuttle can do so on the public transit service that is operated by San Diego County.

The San Diego Bay is the top attraction for those who are living in Chula Vista, and the Gas Lamp District is within easy driving or taxi distance from the city. In that area, you will find an amazing collection of fine dining, eclectic shops, and hip bars. Aquatica San Diego is a fun place to take the kids to escape the heat of the San Diego summers. The Living Coast Discovery Center lets you get up close and personnel with some of the underwater animals who call the area home. In general, Chula Vista offers California residents a high quality of life.

A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Chula Vista? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


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Norman Park
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OnStage Playhouse
AMC Chula Vista 10
AMC Plaza Bonita 14
Pumpkin Station
SDERA & National City Depot Museum
ARTS Center
Museum of American Treasures

Food & Drink

Standlee's Inc
Silver Dollar Cocktail Lounge
The Nutrition Place
Bar Sin Nombre
Joshways Barbeque

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Chula Vista? Of all people who commute, 2.7% take public transportation in Chula Vista.
Drive to Work

1% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit

2% lower than the US average

Walk to Work

1% lower than the US average

A- Health & Safety

Is Chula Vista a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Paradise Valley Hospital Bayview Behavioral Health Campus
Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista


Rite Aid
CVS Pharmacy
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Kaiser Permanente Bonita Medical Offices
Perlman Clinic Chula Vista

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