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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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51 Walk Score of San Diego, CA

San Diego is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Photo of Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego

Ocean Beach Pier

Photo of Point Loma Community Park in San Diego

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: Gaslamp, Little Italy and Harborview.

San Diego Apartments for Rent

San Diego Neighborhoods

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Population

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

People in San Diego can walk to an average of 0.3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

Photo of Lahaina Beach House in San Diego

Lahaina Beach House

Photo of Che Cafe in San Diego

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 near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

San Diego has some public transportation and about 79 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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Photo of Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street in San Diego

Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street

Photo of Che Cafe in San Diego

Che Cafe

Photo of End of 34th Street in San Diego

End of 34th Street

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Memorial Community Park

Photo of San Diego Public Library, Logan Heights Branch in San Diego

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

Intersection of Laurel Street and Curlew Street

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Garden

Photo of Dwight St. & Lantana Dr. in San Diego

Dwight St. & Lantana Dr.

Photo of Carlton St & Fennel on St. in San Diego

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

Photo of Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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

Photo of End of 34th Street in San Diego

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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Photo of Olivetto Ristorante in San Diego

Olivetto Ristorante

Photo of Garnet Ave. & Mission Blvd. in San Diego

Garnet Ave. & Mission Blvd.

Photo of Robb Field Recreation Center in San Diego

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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