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 2018:
- Pacific Beach (Homes)
- Carmel Mountain (Homes)
- Old Town (Homes)
- Sabre Springs (Homes)
- Loma Portal (Homes)
- Sorrento Valley (Homes)
- Ocean Beach (Homes)
- Kensington (Homes)
- Scripps Ranch (Homes)
- Little Italy (Homes)
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.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in San Diego for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in San Diego, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
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, Pacific Beach.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places San Diego has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Pacific Beach
Median Income: $77,693
Median Home Value: $568,121
2. Carmel Mountain
Median Income: $104,236
Median Home Value: $516,660
3. Old Town
Median Income: $76,511
Median Home Value: $534,482
4. Sabre Springs
Median Income: $114,320
Median Home Value: $517,100
5. Loma Portal
Median Income: $72,406
Median Home Value: $537,371
6. Sorrento Valley
Median Income: $93,176
Median Home Value: $509,688
7. Ocean Beach
Median Income: $78,213
Median Home Value: $609,880
Median Income: $82,378
Median Home Value: $533,543
9. Scripps Ranch
Median Income: $117,010
Median Home Value: $648,226
10. Little Italy
Median Income: $58,514
Median Home Value: $361,150
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of 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.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in San Diego:
- City Heights East
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Diego
|23||Del Mar Heights||6,885|
|26||West University Heights||9,247|
|35||La Jolla Village||6,202|
|69||Tijuana River Valley||2,803|
|82||City Heights West||31,511|
|84||City Heights East||38,231|