Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexSan DiegoCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$43,090$31,458$29,829
Median household income$83,454$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$113,929$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$63,390$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$47,485$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$36,193$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate3.8%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level11.8%15.8%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in San Diego is 44% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in San Diego is 51% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in San Diego is 17% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in San Diego is 22% lower than the national average

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      $55,630 $83,454 $166,908
      $42,517 $63,783 $127,566
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      San Diego median earnings by income bracket

      San Diego employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.3%7.3%
      Manufacturing sector12.6%12.6%
      Financial & insurance services3.7%3.7%
      Wholesale & retail services11.2%11.2%
      Public administration5.3%5.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.6%5.6%
      Education, health & social services12.8%12.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Granite Hills, CA4,020$121,902120.3%
      Coronado, CA24,526$108,99297.0%
      Eucalyptus Hills, CA6,448$107,63994.6%
      Bonita, CA12,470$102,80385.8%
      Rancho San Diego, CA21,476$100,00080.8%
      San Diego, CA1,414,545$83,45450.9%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Calgary, AB1,371,990n/a 
      Dallas, TX1,338,846$54,7471.0%
      San Antonio, TX1,529,133$53,4203.4%
      Philadelphia, PA1,581,531$49,12711.2%
      Phoenix, AZ1,658,422$60,91410.1%
      San Diego, CA1,414,545$83,45450.9%
      Source: The San Diego, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).