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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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53 Walk Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Garden

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Dwight St. & Lantana Dr.

San Diego is the 18th 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: Little Italy, Harborview and Core-Columbia.

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San Diego Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Little Italy 98 76 71 3,169
2 Harborview 97 74 71 525
3 Core-Columbia 97 81 84 5,338
4 Horton Plaza 97 81 86 1,474
5 Gaslamp 97 81 87 976
6 East Village 95 79 82 10,148
7 Cortez 95 78 55 3,447
8 Marina 94 80 84 5,600
9 Sherman Heights 91 69 60 3,340
10 Normal Heights 89 49 69 10,718
11 Park West 89 59 46 8,269
12 Village 88 36 48 4,491
13 Grant Hill 88 55 53 4,544
14 Hillcrest 87 53 60 14,136
15 University Heights 87 52 67 11,438
16 North Park 86 49 64 37,943
17 Logan Heights 82 58 53 14,362
18 Golden Hill 81 50 56 9,225
19 Rolando 81 48 48 6,306
20 Ocean Beach 79 33 72 12,229
21 Mission Beach 78 32 66 4,692
22 City Heights 77 49 47 74,108
23 Adams North 76 42 62 5,024
24 Burlingame 75 33 56 765
25 Shelltown 74 46 51 4,147
26 Old Town 74 65 57 944
27 Bird Rock 74 32 49 3,147
28 Talmadge 74 49 52 9,143
29 Pacific Beach 74 41 63 39,733
30 South Park 73 35 56 5,425
31 El Cerrito 71 55 34 5,315
32 Kensington 71 47 54 5,865
33 College East 71 52 51 10,299
34 Roseville - Fleet Ridge 70 31 51 5,589
35 Mission Hills 70 53 47 5,750
36 Loma Portal 69 36 51 4,385
37 Egger Highlands 69 40 51 8,716
38 Stockton 68 50 49 3,775
39 Southcrest 68 48 52 6,253
40 Lincoln Park 67 53 42 9,324
41 Point Loma Heights 65 34 58 18,932
42 Chollas View 65 55 38 4,630
43 Beach Barber 65 32 50 3,474
44 Mountain View 64 48 45 15,515
45 Torrey Pines 64 61 62 8,133
46 Midtown 63 58 40 4,433
47 Webster 62 44 38 3,050
48 Midway District 62 45 60 10,422
49 Barrio Logan 62 57 62 10,038
50 Sunset Cliffs 61 21 35 3,110
51 Clairemont Mesa East 59 37 49 25,346
52 College West 57 52 35 9,277
53 Redwood Village - Rolando Park 57 47 29 8,379
54 Otay Mesa West 55 48 38 30,355
55 San Ysidro 55 53 46 28,142
56 Morena 54 47 50 6,948
57 University City 54 49 60 49,025
58 North Clairemont 54 36 43 14,676
59 Mission Valley East 53 44 50 11,360
60 Palm City 53 55 40 5,216
61 Upper Hermosa 52 32 40 834
62 La Jolla Village 52 51 55 5,778
63 Mt Hope 52 44 44 5,522
64 Bay Park 51 41 37 15,768
65 Linda Vista 51 44 43 24,259
66 Lower Hermosa 49 32 36 596
67 La Jolla Shores 49 37 58 2,827
68 Valencia Park 48 50 31 10,587
69 Lake Murray 46 26 33 16,409
70 Skyline 45 40 26 8,823
71 Allied Gardens 45 27 29 10,747
72 Mira Mesa 45 27 48 69,209
73 Encanto 44 42 19 15,405
74 Kearny Mesa 44 45 48 2,633
75 Serra Mesa 44 30 37 20,465
76 Jamacha Lomita 43 39 27 10,038
77 Birdland 43 40 34 5,182
78 Carmel Mountain 42 30 30 11,370
79 Oak Park 42 39 25 13,960
80 Mission Valley West 41 54 52 2,409
81 Grantville 41 37 36 8,411
82 Paradise Hills 41 34 25 16,697
83 Nestor 41 46 40 16,139
84 La Playa 40 25 22 2,735
85 Bay Ho 40 34 41 11,968
86 Clairemont Mesa West 39 35 29 10,541
87 Emerald Hills 39 47 20 4,047
88 Carmel Valley 37 1 37 42,822
89 Bay Terraces 37 37 23 31,491
90 Del Mar Heights 36 19 28 6,581
91 San Carlos 35 16 25 12,507
92 Wooded Area 33 19 27 3,747
93 Torrey Highlands 30 - 38 4,743
94 Alta Vista 30 39 15 2,607
95 Tierrasanta 30 17 30 27,827
96 Jolla Mesa 30 22 23 1,439
97 La Jolla 29 28 22 1,863
98 Rancho Penasquitos 28 13 29 45,159
99 Miramar 27 17 40 5,320
100 Rancho Bernardo 26 21 25 40,882
101 Sabre Springs 26 26 24 11,006
102 La Jolla Heights 25 41 46 2,307
103 Scripps Ranch 24 10 22 17,882
104 Miramar Ranch North 22 9 26 13,567
105 North City 22 3 24 5,772
106 Soledad South 21 0 30 2,343
107 Ocean Crest 21 26 14 12,709
108 Hidden Valley 18 31 17 789
109 Mission Bay Park 18 43 69 799
110 Muirlands 18 20 19 2,870
111 La Jolla Alta 16 7 23 2,110
112 Black Mountain Ranch 14 3 26 8,406
113 Del Cerro 14 36 21 7,349
114 Sorrento Valley 13 17 19 2,879
115 Tijuana River Valley 11 29 29 519
116 Otay Mesa 7 30 14 2,094
117 Rancho Encantada 2 - 13 2,592

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in San Diego

Average square footage 2000
Homeowners have 3.2 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.3 bathrooms
Age of home 48 years
Average time living in home 14 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s San Diego Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,799 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Diego.

People in San Diego can walk to an average of 0.6 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

37 Transit Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego has Some Transit

A few nearby public transportation options. Find San Diego apartments for rent on Redfin.

Public Transit Routes

San Diego has some public transportation and about 83 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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East Coast transplant who has made it her mission to know San Diego like the back of her hand.

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Che Cafe

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End of 34th Street

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EL Cortez Hotel

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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

43 Bike Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego is Somewhat Bikeable

Minimal bike infrastructure.

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Carlton St & Fennel on St.

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Mountain View Community Center

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La Jolla Cove

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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Ocean Beach Dog Beach

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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End of 34th 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 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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Aero Club

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Grant Elementary School

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EL Cortez Hotel

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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