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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Solana Beach is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 13,362. Solana Beach is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Solana Beach offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Solana Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Solana Beach and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Solana Beach are highly rated.
About Solana Beach...
Population
13,362

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,103,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,990
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Solana Beach Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live 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
    44.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    502.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,048.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    140.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Solana Beach

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$103,864
National
$55,322
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Solana Beach Reviews

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A slow paced beach town, Solana Beach is full of athletes, entrepreneurs and craftsmen. With craft coffee shops, organic cafes, and microbreweries, the dining experience is nothing less than excellent. The kids grow up surfing and swimming and are beautifully connected to the ocean. People are open and friendly, making it a delight to establish new relationships throughout town.
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I loved Solana Beach for the fact that it was not a super popular destination. Neighboring cities got so crowded that it was hard to breathe. Solana Beach stayed like a little safe haven for those who actually lived there and knew about the city itself. It is also a great city because everyone is so friendly. I know a lot of people from my neighborhood and see them everywhere. I still run into my elementary school teachers all the time. The best part of Solana Beach though is the beach itself. The beaches are amazing and I have grown up going to them all the time. I love to surf and end up at the beach at least three times a week. I know all the lifeguards and they are all great people. The only thing I would change about Solana Beach would be the restaurants. The nice food scene is amazing but it is very expensive too. Being a high school student with little money I wish there was more food places that I could afford and still get a healthy meal.
I loved living three blocks from the ocean here. Grocery stores and restaurants were very close also. The temperature here was usually bearable, not too hot and very nice year round. The only set back I found was the commute time from Mira Mesa where I worked. Around three pm is when the traffic was at a slow crawl. I attended college at Mira Mesa community college which the traffic wasn't too bad before 7am. There was some night life that was very close. The Belly Up bar was within walking distance from me and always had bands and special events going on there. The beach was within walking distance, but straight down from Lomas Santa Fe the tide keeps you from venturing directly onto the beach from that location.