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What do 1.5 million San Diegan residents know that the rest of the country does not? Well, for one, this city has some of the best neighborhoods to establish some Southern California roots. And, trusty HomeSnacks readers, today is your lucky day because we've created a list of the best neighborhoods in San Diego for 2020.
But, before you head down to our coveted list of the best neighborhoods in San Diego, you need to know how we calculated our list. First, we looked at the latest FBI data, Census report, and BLS for San Diego's 85 neighborhoods. We then created our own index based on factors that most people find important when looking for their forever neighborhood: low crime, affordable housing, educated neighbors, convenience, and amenities.
Our super scientific formula led us to a bunch of fun San Diego neighborhood facts. For one, if you want to live in most of San Diego's best neighborhoods, you're going to have to make at least $69,683.4/year. And while this is a pretty sizable requirement, it does usually mean that your neighbors are educated and that they value safety and cleanliness. If top notch schools for your kiddos is a requirement, San Diego's neighborhood, Torrey Pines has that market cornered. And if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck with average home prices around $500,000 than you should definitely give Carmel Mountain a second glance.
However, if you want to see our list of the best neighborhoods in San Diego, you're going to have to keep reading.
We were not at all surprised to find that San Diego is one of the better cities in America. The 85 neighborhoods that make up America's Finest City could be the poster neighborhoods for the rest of the country. In layman's terms, if you want that beach life with five star restaurants and posh shopping, La Jolla should be at the top of your list. And if you're looking for a neighborhood close to an airport, Wooded Area is it.
So, what's the best neighborhood in San Diego? Well, according to the latest data and our SnackAbility index, that would be Del Mar Heights.
If you want to see a list of the rest of the latest and greatest neighborhoods in San Diego, take a look below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head on down to the bottom of the page.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego
Carmel Mountain Ranch, sometimes shortened to simply Carmel Mountain, such as on maps, or abbreviated to CMR by local residents and organizations, is a community of San Diego, California, United States, in the northeastern part of the city. Despite its name, Carmel Mountain Ranch is actually in the shadow of Black Mountain. Carmel Mountain proper is about 10 miles west of the Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhood.
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Sabre Springs is an affluent community in San Diego, California, located in the northeastern part of the city. It is bounded by the city limits of Poway on the east, Ted Williams Parkway on the north, Interstate 15 on the west, and the community of Miramar Ranch North to the south. Sabre Springs is bisected north-south by Poway Road.
How We Determined The Best San Diego, CA Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in San Diego, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 85 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In San Diego." We're lookin' at you, Del Mar Heights.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places San Diego, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Diego
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in San Diego where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Diego aren't all good. San Ysidro takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in San Diego.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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