San Diego

Population: 1,374,812Median home value: $488,600 72 Ranks better than 69% of areas
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A+ San Diego Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Diego Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than California
San Diego
14646% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Diego cost of living
C+ San Diego Crime Total crime is 25% lower than California
Total crime
2,21020% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4620% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
San Diego crime
C San Diego Employment Household income is 7% higher than California
Median household income
$68,11723% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,19918% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%7% higher than the US average
San Diego employment
C- San Diego Housing Home value is 19% higher than California
Median home value
$488,600165% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42750% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
San Diego real estate or San Diego rentals
D+ San Diego Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than California
High school grad. rates
86%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%7% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:118% higher than the US average
San Diego K-12 schools or San Diego colleges

Living in San Diego, CA

San Diego, California is a large city with a population of 1,374,812 people. In San Diego, there are 4,233 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. 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 has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 56% have kids.

Are you trying to decide if living in San Diego is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in San Diego and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare San Diego to California and the national average.

San Diego, CA receives 71 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #331 in California and #9,074 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that San Diego ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). San Diego does not do well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy San Diego on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Museum, and SeaWorld San Diego.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in San Diego is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.43%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in San Diego. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in San Diego are 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. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in San Diego will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In San Diego, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8%.

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Compare San Diego, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Diego, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Wooded Area, San Diego8257,369
La Jolla, San Diego8210.129,356
University City, San Diego7910.550,132
San Carlos, San Diego798.314,460
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Del Cerro, San Diego787.36,238
La Jolla Village, San Diego7810.86,108
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego770.31,083
Eastlake Trails, Chula Vista7713.41,332

Best Cities Near San Diego, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Solana Beach, CA8519.913,312
Del Mar, CA8118.14,312
Encinitas, CA8023.962,160
Coronado, CA802.424,852
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carlsbad, CA7932.5112,008
Granite Hills, CA78163,071
Rancho Santa Fe, CA7821.52,763
Fairbanks Ranch, CA7419.12,864

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Run bitch run

Me and my partner are travelling California and the southern states and honestly I was completely shocked at how scary and uninviting the general vibes are of this city. The lime scooters seem easily accessible but the homeless seem to swarm around them so good luck. I was in a huge van and had the feeling of absolute terror shock me to my inner core. You don't want to get out. San Diego makes San Francisco look like a utopian paradise.All in all maybe hit Lego land and the San Diego zoo, but after that run for your damn life. I have nothing against homeless people but this place reminds me of some dystopian horror movie.
  • 3 -20

Lived there over 10 years, WAY corrupt especially to visitors ESPECIALLY NOW!! They are trying to get people to visit now for vacation because they are BROKE!! So you visit yoll get tickets and fines and jacked all around i promise that I have to laugh watching that hell hole eat crap after all i seen it do to the innocent just to get a little revinue. HEAR ME NOW!! THE SAYING IS TRUE.. go on vacation you will leave on probaton with tons of fines, the crooked pigs there didnt steal enough money so be careful, go to idaho or somthng lol let Cali fall all down, Besides you want to visit a state who ALLOWS ILLEAGLE FELON MS-13 GANG MEMBERS WALK FREELY AND WARN THEM TO RUN FROM ICE??
  • 2 -15
Don't bother moving here.

Grew up in San Diego. It's really just an urban sprawl, dry hell hole, with little to no job opportunities. The city practically has no culture, unless you think Mexico-lite is a culture. The people here, a lot of them are just assh0les, a lot of them are rude, confrontational, and just weird. The traffic is terrible here, even worse in the summer because you have to deal with the heat, and then you have to turn on the air-con a lot which means more gas wasted, gas prices are expensive here too. Cost of living is very expensive, rents are one of the highest in the nation. In 2016 and 2017 it was ranked in the top 10 cities to grow economic wealth. This is the reality of this dirty, hot, disgusting city.
  • 5 -13
Endless areas to explore in SD

San Diego is huge when you think about it. I was born here and lived here my entire life up until three years ago. You will never run out of things to do. There are lots of different malls, different restaurants, different stores. You can go to the La Jolla beaches to experience some of the most beautiful scenic views, you can go to Fashion Valley Mall to shop for whatever your heart desires, you can go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and any number of other grocery stores in the area. You can go Downtown to party, Ocean Beach - Pacific Beach - or Mission Beach to surf, there's so many restaurants scattered around everywhere its pretty awesome. As much as San Diego has to offer I don't find myself missing it that much - it's expensive to live there and after you've done everything it starts to just be "alright". If you can afford it here, then it's a really good place to live because you'll never run out of different areas to explore. San Diego State University is also a great campus with a lot of things to do around that area for the college kids. I've never experienced crime myself in San Diego and I lived there for 20 years.
  • 12 -1

I am fortunate in that I work full time and have a pension, which allows me to live fairly comfortably here. However, for many, the cost of living is too high to make ends meet.
Having said that, living in San Diego is great. The weather is perfect; there is plenty of safe housing in communities with lots of parks, shopping, and other stuff to do. The trolley and other forms of mass transit are affordable and accessible to most of the county. Commuting on the freeways can be challenging, but a little planning goes a long way. I have lived here for 4 years and look forward to many more. The job market in the greater San Diego area is good; I found employment quickly when I beeded to, and had plenty of options as far as who to apply to and what to ask for. My quality of life has never been better!
  • 11 0
low crime rate (mostly)

except for our current Mayor, who should be locked up for assault among other crimes against women. but this is/remains truly 'America's finest city". small enough to navigate easily by bike or car, easy to walk and friendly neighborhoods. just don't visit City Hall with out a body guard. well enough about our pervert-in-charge. he won't be there much longer and other cities will become the butt (sic) of sick (sic) jokes. (and well deserved).

come visit on vacation....stay forever. the weather's moderate--along the coast-never too hot or cold. and Camp Pendleton on the north end of the county protects us from LA/OC. we love it. the cultural aspects are wonderful, Balboa Park and the SD Zoo are world class.
  • 9 -1
great weather!

San Diego is a great place to live and raise a family. We moved down to San Diego from Orange County. San Diego has friendlier, warmer people. They have Seaworld, Legoland, great beaches, LaJolla is gorgeous, a must-see. The San Diego Zoo is by far the best Zoo in the Country. If you have dogs, check out the amazing dog beaches!! Raising a family here is outstanding, the schools are very good, the neighborhoods are friendly. Balboa Park is terrific, there is something to do for everyone, museums, playgrounds, etc. There is a beautiful water lily pond in the park that is amazing. I love San Diego!
  • 9 -1
San Diego, Thank You!

My wife and I had such a great time in San Diego. Using tickets we purchased last year we had a nice 4 day stay in San Diego. We have lived in Topeka, Ks our entire life. We have taken a few journeys around the country but our recent trip was outstanding. We traveled to San Diego with few expectations. We knew we wanted to take in the beaches, as well as the Gaslamp Quarter.

During our first day we figured we would be exhausted from our travel to San Diego. With only 4 days to enjoy our time we quickly began to explore the city. The sites were simply amazing. Going from Kansas to California we figured the hustle and bustle would not be very relaxing, however the trip was one of the most relaxing trips we have on record. After we got our bearings on day one, day 2 and 3 were spent doing a little shopping. If you like quaint little shops you will love San Diego. We would often go off the beaten path just to find these small little places. On our last day we decided to go to the Gaslamp Quarter. We had hoped to save the best for last and that is exactly what we did. The architecture from the Victorian era was stunning. Located around 4th and 5th avenue the Gaslamp Quarter covers around 16 blocks of outstanding sights and sounds I suggest you take in on your next visit.

Overall our trip was much more enjoyable than we had expected. We had a stereotype of the area going into the vacation, and we were surprised to find out exactly what San Diego had to offer. The one bad thing about the trip, coming home.
  • 9 -1
Great Gay and Lesbian Culture

I have lived in San Diego for over 10 years and I love it. It is a very diverse culture. If, you are thinking of moving to San Diego, just make damn sure that you leave your narrow minded views where you came from. There is too much beauty within this city to separate yourself from the rest of the city, just because you were raised in a barn!

I have seen people come and people go. I will say this much.. If you don't have a good job, you had better be a trust fund baby. It is still quite expensive to live here.
  • 1 -9
Great City For A Weekend Getaway!

I traveled to San Diego, CA in the summer of 2005 to visit a friend attending San Diego State University. The one thing you can say with authority about San Diego is that you will never get bored in this city. If you have an active lifestyle, there are dozens of ways to keep busy. This includes everything from surfing to ice hockey.

The city of San Diego is incredibly clean city and the people seemed friendly as well. I asked for directions on numerous occasions and received help from locals every time. During my 3 night stay, I booked at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd). The hotel is located right on the water and offers clean, modern amenities. I was able to get it for just over $100/night.

The nightlife, bars and restaurants in San Diego are world class. Downtown, or Gaslamp Quarter as they call it, features many high end hot spots with the usual long lineups and steep drink prices. If you're looking for something a little less fancy, there is also a strip of bars located closer to the water and on the beach which are frequented by a younger crowd sporting flip flops and t-shirts.

Overall, San Diego is a great place to visit and probably live as well. I look forward to returning.
  • 9 0
Moving To San Diego: The Best Choice For Me!

I moved to San Diego from Los Angeles to go to college at UCSD in 1994. I never thought I'd live anywhere other than L.A., but once I moved to San Diego, I vowed I would spend the rest of my life there. I truly fell in love with this city. The air is cleaner, the people are friendlier and, for some reason, there is a more relaxed vibe.

There are so many attractions and things to do and see in San Diego, and because it is in Southern California, the weather is almost always nice enough to do them outdoors. There are beaches galore in San Diego, so you are almost always guaranteed a beautiful ocean view when doing things. There is, of course, the famous San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park and Sea World that most never get tired of visiting. For the mostly college crowd, downtown's Gas Lamp provides many clubs are bars, while also home to many fine restaurants.

There are also many beautiful golf courses around San Diego. Don't forget a visit to Coronado Island, which is home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado, where "Some Like It Hot" was filmed. I certainly cannot say enough about San Diego. But I have never regretted moving here.
  • 9 -1
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