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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Ocean Beach is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 18,172. Ocean Beach is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Ocean Beach offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ocean Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ocean Beach and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Ocean Beach are highly rated.
About Ocean Beach...
Population
18,172

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$701,161
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,734
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    70%
  • Own
    30%
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Ocean Beach Rankings

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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
    69
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    35
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    219
    500
  • Theft
    415
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$72,195
National
$55,322
Children
9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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I moved to San Diego in 2008 and instantly feel in love with Ocean Beach! It has an extremely mild, low-key hippie vibe to it and it always brought a sense of peace. The waves are great for surfing! The dog beach is wonderful to bring your pet and there is plenty of parking during early mornings. They have a great bike trail. They have some of the best diversity in restaurants options! The Wednesday Farmer's Market is the best in San Diego! They have a plethora of food and local artisan/farm vendors. They also have a local organic cooperative grocery store called People's that I frequent often. The neighborhood is warm, friendly and for the most part, safe.
I wish that more folks were respectful of the natural beauty! There are lot of transient folks that hang out under the pier and often bring disturbances with drug use, littering and loitering. Without a sufficient system that provides the necessary recourses for drug users, it will remain an ongoing issue.
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I love the community and "beach time" attitude, but there are a lot of homeless in this town and they hang out under the pier often. I enjoy the restaurant, which are diverse and usually very open or have out door seating. This is great if you have a dog and want to bring them along. There is also dog beach that is specific for bring your dog along with you to the beach. People do let their dogs off of there leashes sometimes times so you just have to cautious at times. One problem is though in Ocean Beach, is that there are often pedestrians that tend to walk in the streets and cross with out cross walks or not at the stop signs, making driving here difficult at times. Over the close proximity to the beach and great restaurants outweighs any negative aspects of the town and for that I give Ocean Beach five stars.
Ocean beach is the most laid back, beautiful place to come to vacation or call home. Some of the best beaches known throughout the world, Sunset Cliffs is my favorite place to escape and clear my mind. There is a huge selection of tasty food, and amazing shopping such as my favorite boutique Dream Girls. The small business, and ma and pop shops are the best. To see such a loving community full of support really makes this hometown one of a kind. The Ocean Beach Pier is so beautiful, and many activities take place. People enjoy fishing off the pier, a great surf spot, people paddle out for the 4th of July, the San Diego Junior Lifeguards jump off the pier which is an experience of a lifetime. If you have ever been to Ocean Beach you know there is nothing else like it, and if you have not yet had the opportunity to visit, it is a bucket list must.