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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
City Heights is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 77,175. City Heights is in San Diego County. Living in City Heights offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In City Heights there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in City Heights and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in City Heights are above average.
About City Heights...
Population
77,175

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$255,921
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,097
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    78%
  • Own
    22%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    117
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    102.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    381.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    457.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,720
National
$55,322
Families with Children
41%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    38%
    13%
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City Heights is great! With its great diversity, and central location to all the hip spots in San Diego, it’s a diamond in the rough. The hipsters are already here so that’s when you k ow it’s on the rise. It has a reputation as being rough in the past, but I’ve had more issues and seen more crime in downtown, PB, & North Park than in City Heights! It actually ranks lower in crime on average. I love the unique shops, cafes and restaurants and if you’re looking to buy an “affordable” home in San Diego, this is where it’s at, unless you want to be wayyy out east. City Heights is the place to watch!
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City Heights is a cultural explosion in one neighborhood. There are over 40 different languages spoken in the area and it is often one of the first destinations chosen by refugees. The area can use more TLC from a cleanliness perspective and could also stand to have more healthy living options (in the form of grocery & eating options). That said, there is a nice network of canyons and parks that are well maintained and provide a great option for family outings and hikes.
City Heights is one of the most diverse place you can ever fine in San Diego. Because of that it is also filled with one of the poorest families as well do to massive amounts of immigrants and their families. The bright side is that because they are struggling to keep their families together and carry hope and opportunities for the future generations, you can expect wisdom and kindness to open-minded people and people with similar background. However, inexperience with dangers and strangers might get you stressed by the bad people around.