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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Vista is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 99,496. Vista is in San Diego County. Living in Vista offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Vista there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Vista and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Vista are above average.
About Vista...
Population
99,496

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$423,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,442
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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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
    217.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    101
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    301
    500.1
  • Theft
    863.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    286.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Vista

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,833
National
$55,322
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Vista Reviews

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I have lived in Vista my entire life. My first job was being hired at the Wave Water Park at the age of 17, a city job. I have worked every summer for the city of Vista ever since. The city of Vista has gone through a period of infrastructure where there have been new restaurants, living spaces, and even two new skate parks built. Vista has become more beautiful over the years, and is still becoming more beautiful as construction continues. There is always plenty to do for we have many parks including a water park, and a beautiful Cinopolis theater surrounded by delicious restaurants. The weather is perfect as well as we are only seven miles away from the ocean and always get that fresh ocean breeze. I must also include that the city of Vista also has a couple of Sprinter stations, a train that can take one to the beach for only two dollars for a one way ticket!
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Up and coming neighborhood, with great breweries, new developments, and low rent. We've lived here for over 2 years and never had an issue. The Cineopolis makes for a great date night and there are two targets within a 10 minute drive. Highly recommend!
My experience in Vista California starts when I moved here about twenty one years ago. My humble beginnings starting at Carrillo Elementary, from which I had a great time. Didn't go out much since my mom didn't want me to go out when the sun started to set for my safety at this point. My next step brought me to San Marcos Middle school, where I made many friends that turned out to be duds. Still didn't feel completely safe going out at night but it was generally quiet most nights. Starting high school at Rancho Buena Vista High school was a real turning point because that's when we officially moved into a house, which later turned out to be a bad financial decision because the house was way too expensive. Still isn't paid off, and both my parents have great jobs! Over the years there's been more health food stores popping up which is a good thing. Traffic can be a major issue in both the morning and mid afternoon, and lately there's been safety issues appearing here and there.