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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    C+
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  11. Commute
    B
San Diego County is located in California with a population of 3,302,833. San Diego County is one of the best places to live in California. In San Diego County, most residents own their homes. In San Diego County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Diego County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in San Diego County are highly rated.
Population
3,302,833

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$526,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,569
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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San Diego County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    207.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    34
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    278
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,188.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    309.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in San Diego County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,855
National
$55,322

San Diego County Reviews

1,105 reviews
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Homeless situation should need to be changed. I do like the beach and parks around San Diego County. It has been heart breaking to see homeless people walking around the neighborhood, downtown, parks and beaches. San Diego County need to step up and help ceasing the homeless situation. Either follow other states regarding homeless situation or do something really!

San Diego county school, educational system is also behind than most states. Not too sure why. Was it too much freedom for students? No homework systems have been impacted students' lives. I honestly do not support no homework systems.

People is not as friendly as you think it is in San Diego County. It is multicultural city but housing is not affordable. Housing price just keeps going up but our income does not.
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I absolutely adore San Diego! It's a beautiful place to live with tons to do. You can never be bored! The beaches are beautiful and most of the people are friendly and kind. I especially enjoy the coastal cities. However, as a black female there are flaws within my county. There are multiple areas known to have KKK residents, for example Ramona and Santee (otherwise known as Klantee). I try to stay out of those mostly eastern areas of the county, it's just unfortunate that they exist. Other than that, I am happy with the county that I live in, and can see myself possibly raising my own family here in the future.
San Diego is the perfect city for me. Being a student at UC San Diego has shown me how amazing this city really is. It is quite diverse, which is very important to me as I come from an under-represented background. The city is beautiful and encompasses the natural and architectural beauty of California. Firstly, the city that I reside in, La Jolla, is a couple of minutes away from the beach. I can go to for an early morning beach run, grab lunch in the diverse and LGBTQ+ friendly city of Hillcrest, and enjoy the nightlife in Down town, San Diego. Although San Diego has been a stellar home for me, it is unfortunate to see how much homelessness has grown in the 4 years that I have been a resident. It is important that we take care of those who are less fortunate! I am hopeful that the amazing city of San Diego will address the importance of providing homes to those who need them.