Income/capita 18%
Household income 23%
Unemployment 7%
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Income per capita$35,199$31,458$29,829
Median household income$68,117$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$96,503$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$50,692$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$40,760$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$30,034$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level15.0%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in San Diego is 18% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in San Diego is 23% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in San Diego is 7% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in San Diego is 1% lower than the national average

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      San Diego employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.9%0.9%
      Manufacturing sector11.7%0.5%
      Financial & insurance services3.6%4.5%
      Wholesale & retail services11.7%12.2%
      Public administration5.8%4.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.0%1.7%
      Education, health & social services13.7%31.6%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Granite Hills, CA3,071$116,146109.9%
      Coronado, CA24,852$92,41367.0%
      Bonita, CA12,885$90,59863.8%
      Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, CA20,137$81,23846.8%
      Eucalyptus Hills, CA5,583$80,81946.1%
      San Diego, CA1,374,812$68,11723.1%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Calgary, AB1,371,990n/a 
      San Antonio, TX1,439,358$48,18312.9%
      Dallas, TX1,278,433$45,21518.3%
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324$49,32810.8%
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938$39,77028.1%
      San Diego, CA1,374,812$68,11723.1%
      Source: The San Diego, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).