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Living in San Diego

San Diego lies on a beautiful strip of the southern California coastline. In addition to amazing beaches, there’s Balboa Park with the famous zoo. San Diego is an active playground, there’s biking and hiking and surfing and paddle sports, outdoors, almost all year round. Mexico is just down the road — literally, you can take light rail to the border. Cruise ships dock here, making the city a popular spot for tourists, too.

People relocate to San Diego to work in health care, and there’s a big Navy and aerospace presence here too. The architecture reflects the region’s history, with a strong influence of Spanish and Mexican style appearing not just in the remaining missions, but in attractive stucco and red tile roofed homes as well.

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Walk Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego is a Car-Dependent city

Most errands require a car.

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Ocean Beach Pier

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Point Loma Community Park

San Diego is the 19th most walkable large city in the US with 1,307,402 residents.

San Diego has some public transportation and does not have many bike lanes.

Find apartments in San Diego's most walkable neighborhoods: Horton Plaza, Core-Columbia and Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Apartments for Rent

View all San Diego apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,895 and the average home price is $522,865.

Rental info for Canyon Ridge in the San Diego area
from $1,525
1 bed
Walk Score 60
Rental info for Teresina in the San Diego area
from $1,595
1 bed
Walk Score 40
Rental info for Vantage Pointe in the San Diego area
from $1,705
1 bed
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Carmel Summit in the San Diego area
from $1,615
1 bed
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Ridgewood Village in the San Diego area
from $1,555
1 bed
Walk Score 28
Rental info for The Village at Del Mar Heights in the San Diego area
from $1,725
Rental info for Ocean Crest in the San Diego area
from $1,750
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Walk Score 63
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100+ listings in San Diego

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San Diego Neighborhoods

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1 Horton Plaza 98 79 84 1,294
2 Core-Columbia 96 79 76 6,622
3 Gaslamp Quarter 96 79 80 1,100
4 Little Italy 95 73 82 2,986
5 Cortez Hill 94 76 78 3,452
6 Harborview 93 72 85 565
7 East Village 92 77 66 10,101
8 Marina 92 75 82 5,798
9 Teralta East 86 54 61 6,473
10 Teralta West 86 55 64 4,864
11 Park West 84 59 71 8,075
12 Corridor 84 55 67 8,036
13 Normal Heights 84 53 63 10,480
14 Hillcrest 83 55 63 13,954
15 Sherman Heights 82 68 66 3,305
16 Fairmount Village 80 50 55 6,528
17 Fox Canyon 79 51 49 2,588
18 Colina del Sol 79 53 59 11,017
19 North Park 78 50 63 37,977
20 Cherokee Point 76 50 56 5,045
21 Grant Hill 76 56 71 4,722
22 University Heights 76 55 70 11,544
23 Ocean Beach 74 32 79 12,037
24 Old Town 73 57 47 864
25 Golden Hill 72 52 56 9,163
26 Rolando 72 49 58 6,469
27 Pacific Beach 71 37 72 30,027
28 Logan Heights 71 57 63 14,642
29 Adams North 68 47 51 5,202
30 Loma Portal 68 38 50 4,666
31 Roseville / Fleet Ridge 68 31 54 5,581
32 Burlingame 68 34 53 726
33 Castle 67 46 53 9,896
34 El Cerrito 67 53 47 5,203
35 College East 66 51 62 9,780
36 Midtown 66 50 44 4,175
37 Talmadge 65 51 56 9,214
38 Mission Hills 65 49 52 5,685
39 South Park 65 37 46 5,659
40 Kensington 65 51 50 6,248
41 Torrey Pines 63 49 78 8,864
42 Shelltown 63 44 49 4,322
43 Barrio Logan 62 54 53 9,815
44 Stockton 62 51 55 3,708
45 Southcrest 60 46 48 6,549
46 Mission Beach 59 30 84 4,562
47 Midway District 59 42 59 10,601
48 Chollas Creek 58 48 39 5,179
49 Mountain View 58 47 49 15,141
50 Point Loma Heights 58 33 61 18,360
51 Mission Bay Park 57 37 79 9,064
52 Morena 56 44 44 6,824
53 Egger Highlands 55 40 62 9,001
54 Clairemont Mesa East 55 37 54 25,725
55 Lincoln Park 54 52 50 8,759
56 College West 54 53 47 9,718
57 Chollas View 53 54 49 4,940
58 Mt. Hope 53 45 45 5,540
59 Balboa Park 52 55 54 1,238
60 San Ysidro 51 51 44 27,799
61 University City 51 44 58 48,849
62 Mission Valley East 50 39 59 11,338
63 Redwood Village 49 47 35 8,213
64 North Clairemont 49 38 47 14,403
65 Grantville 48 36 43 8,214
66 Linda Vista 48 45 50 23,389
67 La Jolla Village 48 45 59 5,823
68 Otay Mesa West 47 48 49 30,656
69 Bay Park 45 31 40 16,384
70 Allied Gardens 44 27 39 10,474
71 Ridgeview/Webster 44 39 34 5,457
72 La Playa 44 25 35 2,462
73 Palm City 44 52 48 5,163
74 La Jolla 44 27 47 30,117
75 Valencia Park 43 49 44 10,971
76 Kearny Mesa 42 38 65 2,645
77 Lake Murray 42 26 46 16,471
78 Mira Mesa 42 26 52 68,798
79 Bay Ho 42 29 36 12,134
80 Azalea/Hollywood Park 42 34 39 3,686
81 Mission Valley West 42 53 53 2,742
82 Carmel Mountain 41 29 40 11,448
83 Oak Park 41 37 34 14,421
84 Swan Canyon 39 36 36 4,503
85 Paradise Hills 39 33 32 16,749
86 Clairemont Mesa West 38 35 40 9,934
87 Skyline 38 40 27 8,369
88 Sunset Cliffs 35 24 42 2,975
89 Bird Land 35 41 40 5,441
90 Del Mar Heights 35 18 35 6,260
91 Carmel Valley 34 0 46 44,542
92 Bay Terraces 34 34 26 31,012
93 Serra Mesa 34 30 42 20,655
94 Emerald Hills 32 46 29 4,125
95 Jomacha/Lomita 31 40 27 10,231
96 Alta Vista 31 35 24 2,521
97 Nestor 31 46 45 15,804
98 Tierrasanta 30 17 37 27,867
99 Fairmount Park 30 31 29 2,972
100 Miramar 29 26 50 5,330
101 San Carlos 29 20 33 12,780
102 Encanto 28 41 27 16,254
103 Wooded Area 28 20 38 3,978
104 Rancho Bernardo 25 21 31 37,328
105 Del Cerro 23 36 24 7,138
106 Scripps Ranch 23 10 32 17,931
107 Rancho Penasquitos 22 15 34 50,048
108 Sabre Springs 21 20 27 11,034
109 Torrey Highlands 21 - 40 3,746
110 Miramar Ranch North 21 7 29 13,519
111 Ocean Crest 21 28 25 12,516
112 Sorrento Valley 17 13 18 3,041
113 Tijuana River Valley 13 38 30 698
114 North City 12 6 23 4,363
115 North Island Naval Air Station 11 3 34 4,339
116 Black Mountain Ranch 11 2 27 6,754
117 Otay Mesa 8 30 22 2,089
118 Rancho Encantado 3 0 16 2,583

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,439 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Diego.

People in San Diego can walk to an average of 0.4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Lahaina Beach House

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Che Cafe

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thumbnail for Ocean Beach PierThis is one of the most iconic piers in all of Southern California. There is a nice cafe at the end. This is a really great place to go for an evening stroll. There is really good fishing from the pier, too.

Scott Ostrem
on Ocean Beach Pier

Transit Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego has Some Transit

A few nearby public transportation options. Find San Diego apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

San Diego has some public transportation and about 78 bus, 1 rail, 3 light rail and 1 ferry lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from San Diego on public transit.

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San Diego has about 114 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar, Hertz On Demand and Getaround.

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Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street

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Che Cafe

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End of 34th Street

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Memorial Community Park

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San Diego Public Library, Logan Heights Branch

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Memorial Skate Park

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Bike Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego is Somewhat Bikeable

Minimal bike infrastructure.

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Photo of Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street in San Diego

Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street

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Garden

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Dwight St. & Lantana Dr.

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Carlton St & Fennel on St.

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Mountain View Community Center

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La Jolla Cove

thumbnail for Point Loma Community ParkPoint Loma Community Park is a small neighborhood sports park in the center of Point Loma. The park has two baseball fields and four tennis courts, and is home of the Point Loma Little League team. During summer, the park hosts the Point Loma Concert Series.

Angie Good
on Point Loma Community Park

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Mission Trails Regional Park

Photo of Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

Mission Trails Regional Park

Photo of Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

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End of 34th Street

thumbnail for Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew StreetLooking south from Laurel Street, the neighborhood enjoys a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline.

Local Native
on Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street

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Olivetto Ristorante

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Garnet Ave. & Mission Blvd.

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Robb Field Recreation Center

thumbnail for GardenThis a a huge 2.3 acre community garden with space for 85 families to grow!! Simply an amazing sight in the heart of the city.

Angie Good
on Garden

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