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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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-
San Diego is a city in California with a population of 1,401,932. San Diego is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Diego offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Diego there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Diego and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in San Diego are highly rated.
About San Diego...
Population
1,401,932

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$569,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,611
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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San Diego Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    228.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    42.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    100.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    261.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,286.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    360.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in San Diego

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,456
National
$55,322
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San Diego is a great place to live other than the traffic, which is still better than LA and the cost of living which is ridiculous. Food shouldn't be so expensive, HOWEVER, we have access to fruits all year round (especially good avocado's) and lots of dairy-free choices and new foods that are not available in other places I have visited. Also, the school district here is a tyrannical and a one size fits all kinda place which is not helpful for kids that are beyond their grades. Other than that, it's fantastic and the weather is wonderful!
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San Diego is a beautiful city that feels safe. The downtown is right on the water and the airport is so convenient. The weather is almost too perfect here. Being close to TJ is neat too!

The downsides: the endless urban sprawl, lack of transport, and the ridiculous housing costs. You can earn slightly above the national average in terms of pay but that won't offset the crazy expensive housing costs (the houses are ugly too). Traffic sucks and the city isn't doing much to mitigate this issue. Most the jobs are in the Sorrento Valley area yet there isn't any viable public transport established in the area. Overall San Diego is a great tourist destination but it severely lacks livability qualities.
In San Diego you will never really run out of activities to do! Go visit Convoy, where you'll have a large variety of asian cuisine; boba, ramen, sushi, and even more. Or take a drive to Little Italy where you can take your pick between pasta, pizza, or ice cream; or just have all three! The night scene comes alive downtown where you can hang out with friends, and the next day spend a relaxing day at the beach. The only downfall is the traffic, which is expected with California, but this becomes something you get used to.