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  1. Public Schools
    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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Serra Mesa is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 31,030. 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 suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Serra Mesa there are a lot of bars, 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
31,030

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$407,254
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,860
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Serra Mesa Rankings

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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
    79.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    69.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    383.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    674.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,976
National
$55,322
Families with Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    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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I was born and raised in this neighborhood. Plenty of nearby eateries within walking distance, including a gym, dog park, airport, and canyon to take beautiful hikes! Safe place to have kids, the Murray Ridge park is excellent.
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.