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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  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
University City is a neighborhood in San Diego, California with a population of 61,518. University City is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in University City offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In University City there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in University City and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in University City are highly rated.
About University City...
Population
61,518

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$503,425
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,964
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    76%
  • Own
    24%
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University City Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    11.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    31.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    371.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    527
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    3.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$77,115
National
$55,322
Families with Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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University City Reviews

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University City is a "quiet" town. It is small in relativity to all the other neighborhoods in San Diego, which is nice. You get to bump into people you haven't seen in forever at the store or just driving or walking around. Although the neighborhood is right next to the freeway and airbase, so we do get some noise from there, it is still fairly quiet. Everybody here is nice and friendly, making it a great environment to live in!
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UC is a quiet little neighborhood that is right next to the exclusive La Jolla, California. UC is mostly filled with retired citizens. The crime is pretty much non existent. I have lived in UC for my entire life, and it has been awesome. The people are extremely kind, and the community always comes together whenever someone is in need. Everyone kind of knows each other, and all the schools are connected, meaning that siblings will most likely have teachers that other siblings had. There are stores and strip malls that provide good, clean groceries that any person would need. There is a Westfield mall in UC, making it even more attractive, so many people come to that and experience UC to the fullest.
University City is an extremely family-friendly community. It's very safe and is home to some of the top-rated public schools in the district. There is a mall, tons of great restaurants, and is only a short drive to the beach. I have lived here my entire life and have only had positive experiences within the community.