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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: Core-Columbia, Horton Plaza and Little Italy.

San Diego Apartments for Rent

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Rental info for Canyon Ridge in the San Diego area
from $1,745
1 bed
Walk Score 58
Rental info for Market Street Village in the San Diego area
from $1,595
Studio
Walk Score 93
Rental info for Teresina in the San Diego area
from $1,685
1 bed
Walk Score 30
Rental info for Montierra in the San Diego area
from $2,035
1 bed
Walk Score 20
Rental info for Deerwood in the San Diego area
from $2,105
2 bed
Walk Score 36
Rental info for Vantage Pointe in the San Diego area
from $2,085
1 bed
Walk Score 99
Rental info for Ridgewood Village in the San Diego area
from $1,650
1 bed
Walk Score 24
Rental info for Del Mar Ridge in the San Diego area
from $2,270
1 bed
Walk Score 63

San Diego Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,968 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Diego.

People in San Diego can walk to an average of 0.7 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.

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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

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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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