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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 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 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, Horton Plaza and Core-Columbia.

San Diego Apartments for Rent

View all San Diego apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,015 and the average home price is $649,475.

Rental info for eaves Rancho Penasquitos in the San Diego area
from $1,600
1 bed
Walk Score 39
Rental info for Santee Villas in the San Diego area
from $1,404
1 bed
Walk Score 49
Rental info for Woodland Hills in the San Diego area
from $1,525
2 bed
Walk Score 60
Rental info for Beacon Cove in the San Diego area
from $1,580
1 bed
Walk Score 36
Rental info for Signature Point in the San Diego area
from $2,568
2 bed
Walk Score 75
Rental info for Ocean House on Prospect in the San Diego area
from $3,257
1 bed
Walk Score 87
Rental info for Casas in the San Diego area
from $1,527
1 bed
Walk Score 77
Rental info for Tavera Apartments in the San Diego area
from $1,780
1 bed
Walk Score 8

To view San Diego homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

San Diego Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 5,002 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Diego.

People in San Diego can walk to an average of 0.5 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 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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San Diego has about 114 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar, Hertz On Demand and Getaround.

Neighborhood Guides

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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

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

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

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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