Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown San Diego, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all San Diego neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in San Diego are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in San Diego for 2019:
- Del Mar Heights (Homes)
- North City (Homes)
- La Jolla (Homes)
- Carmel Mountain (Homes)
- Carmel Valley (Homes)
- Scripps Ranch (Homes)
- Wooded Area (Homes)
- Sabre Springs (Homes)
- Rancho Penasquitos (Homes)
- Rancho Bernadino (Homes)
So what’s the best neighborhood to live in San Diego for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Del Mar Heights looks to be the best San Diego neighborhood to live in.
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Diego that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in San Diego.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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How we determined the best San Diego hoods in 2019
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.
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.
Scripps Ranch is an affluent community of San Diego, California in the northeastern part of that city. Its ZIP code is 92131. It is located east of Interstate 15, north of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and south of Poway.
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.
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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