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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Mission Valley is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 18,890. Mission Valley is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Mission Valley offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Mission Valley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Mission Valley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Mission Valley are above average.
About Mission Valley...
Population
18,890

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$475,363
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,042
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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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
    46.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    850.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,269.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    3.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$86,883
National
$55,322
Families with Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Mission Valley is in the smack middle of everything.

From Qualcomm Stadium (now SDCCU Stadium) to Fashion Valley and Mission Valley Mall, everything is a quick 10-minute drive away.

Very high rated public and private schools are nearby as well, mainly focused in the Allied Gardens area, a quick 5-minute drive away. The area is of course usually very safe, no major violent incidents.

With the SDCCU stadium and the malls and river so close by, the rent can get pretty pricy. There are also a lot of different ethnic backgrounds here, and you can tell just driving through Mission Valley.

The only downside to this beautiful area is the San Diego River. Many homeless people hang out at night, making it a dangerous area to take a stroll. During the few rainy seasons we get, the river occasionally overflows, causing damage to some apartments and many roadblocks along the usual route home.
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True to most shopping districts, Mission Valley is a great place to shop, hang around, and of course purchase property for the ever increasing real estate market in this locatin. There are not many places to venture off for a night out in town but at the same time it is pretty quiet for the most part which is always a good thing. Tons of food and it being essentially the center of San Diego you can travel anywhere in a matter of a couple of minutes. Mission Valley overall is a great place to live.
I like Mission Valley for the sole fact that it has ease of access to every thing nearby. It is centrally located and close to the interstate. I would like to see the homeless situation improve. Sometimes it is very hard to feel safe in this neighborhood because there are a lot of homeless persons in this area that will steal your personal property. Safety should be a higher priority here.