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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Serra Mesa is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 30,478. Serra Mesa is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Serra Mesa offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Serra Mesa there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Serra Mesa and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Serra Mesa are above average.
About Serra Mesa...
Population
30,478

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$424,469
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,817
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    79
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    69
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    383
    500
  • Theft
    674
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$73,441
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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My experience at Serra Mesa has been very good, for not only me but my family and friends. I am 17 and have enjoyed all 17 years of living here. The school are really good and the kids that I have grown up with have made my life so much better. I grew up with my two best friends living down the street and we would have barbecues almost every other weekend. The neighborhood is up and coming with the houses becoming worth more and more, and the community is making is more and more family friendly. Once a month a Movie is played in the park and it brings together the community as a whole and allows the children to make friends and have fun! I love it and I am so happy to have lived here.
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Quiet safe area in the center of San Diego so that you get an easy commute to many high demand job locations. I like knowing that if I work in Sorrento Mesa now and am thinking of taking a job in Point Loma, downtown or east county, I have all those options without worrying about a big difference in commute time. Also great when you work on the opposite side of town from your spouse or house mate since you’ll both have a reasonable commute.

Plus buying or renting an entire 3 bedroom house here is a much better deal than the high priced luxury apartments in nearby mission valley.
Serra Mesa is a very small area relative to San Diego as a whole. Most of the houses are either well maintained or poorly managed. There is no in between. There is a shortage of personnel for the police force and it is hard to feel safe to walk by yourself at night. Although it is close to a lot of shopping, it is only close if you have a vehicle. On the positive side, there are many bike lanes that are clearly designated, this is right in between the 805 and the 15 freeways and the 163 is not too far either. The best part is that there is a police station, fire station, and community college all within a 5 mile radius of this little area. There are a lot of culture-specific food restaurants the next area (Kearny Mesa) over and there are people from different backgrounds to amp up the diversity.