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      Living in San Diego, CA

      San Diego, California is a highly populated city with a population of 1,374,812 people. San Diego has a population density of 4,233 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of San Diego identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 23% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. San Diego is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 56% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in San Diego could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, commute, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in San Diego and in the areas around San Diego is a much easier task.

      San Diego has a livability score of 74 out of 100 and is ranked #127 in California and #3,703 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that San Diego has higher than average rankings for the following: education (B+) and employment (A+).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., San Diego has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Museum, and SeaWorld San Diego.

      The San Diego unemployment rate (1.43%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. The result could lead to reduced poverty and inequality in the area, higher wages and increased economic growth.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in San Diego is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in San Diego come in at $488,600, which is 19.4% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Diego, the home price to income ratio is 7.2, which is 12.5% higher than the California average.

      San Diego transportation information

      Statistic San Diego California National
      Average one way commute25min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home10.5%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The San Diego, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).