Richest Neighborhoods In San Diego, CA For 2020


We used science and data to determine which San Diego neighborhoods have the richest people.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest neighborhoods to live in San Diego.
Richest Neighborhoods In San Diego

Welcome to the land of the 1%. Where you’ll find lawyers, and doctors, and business executives. And while they probably aren’t made of ticky tacky, they are definitely made of money.

These are the wealthiest neighborhoods that San Diego has to offer. Where houses go for over 6.63x the national median and household incomes are 2.66x the national median.

But where exactly in San Diego do the richest of the rich people live? That would be North City where the median income is a cool $146,445.

Here’s a look at the top 10 richest neighborhoods in San Diego out of 86 for 2020.

What’s the richest neighborhood to live in San Diego for 2020? According to the most recent census data, North City looks to be the richest San Diego neighborhood to live in.

Summing up the median income of those 10 neighborhoods adds up to $1,216,763. And that my friend, is more 0s than most of us will see in our bank account for a long, long time — if we ever get that lucky. Continue on to find where your neighborhood ranks amongst the richest 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 richest to poorest.

For more San Diego reading, check out the best neighborhoods in San Diego and the worst neighborhoods in San Diego. Or, for living around San Diego, out the best San Diego suburbs and the worst San Diego suburbs.

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How We Determined The Wealthiest Neighborhoods In San Diego For 2020

Every city has it’s best neighborhoods — where everyone wants to live — and the worst neighborhoods — where no one wants to live. And then you have the wealthiest neighborhoods, where no one can afford to live.

And by no one, we really mean you because there’s always someone richer than you.

How do you quantify richer than you? We looked at one simple criterion:

Which neighborhoods have the highest median income?

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we ranked every neighborhood based on income levels.

We ranked every neighborhood in San Diego by median income from highest to lowest. The neighborhood with the highest median income, North City, was named the richest neighborhood in San Diego.

The poorest neighborhood? That would be Memorial.

Now a look at how all the neighborhoods in San Diego ranked.

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Detailed List Of The Richest Neighborhoods In San Diego For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Median Household Income<
1 North City $146,445
2 Carmel Valley $146,086
3 Del Mar Heights $125,086
4 La Jolla $124,573
5 Rancho Penasquitos $119,880
6 Scripps Ranch $115,865
7 Sabre Springs $112,046
8 Carmel Mountain $109,735
9 Wooded Area $109,591
10 Torrey Pines $107,456
11 Sorrento Valley $101,333
12 San Carlos $98,573
13 Roseville $97,826
14 Rancho Bernadino $95,093
15 Tierrasanta $92,814
16 Mira Mesa $92,480
17 Del Cerro $90,103
18 Pacific Beach $84,251
19 Columbia $82,797
20 Kensington $82,283
21 Old Town $82,190
22 Marina $81,068
23 Ocean Beach $80,033
24 Alta Vista $80,027
25 University City $79,076
26 Kearny Mesa $79,000
27 Lake Murray $78,711
28 Bay Ho $76,991
29 Mission Valley $74,473
30 Bay Terrace $73,018
31 Bay Park $72,934
32 Bird Land $72,367
33 Allied Gardens $72,258
34 Serra Mesa $71,467
35 Loma Portal $70,881
36 South Park $70,529
37 Clairemont Mesa $70,301
38 Midtown $69,895
39 Little Italy $68,278
40 La Jolla Village $68,178
41 Grantville $67,889
42 North Clairemont $67,023
43 West University Heights $66,574
44 Gateway $66,000
45 Mission Bay $65,071
46 North Hills $63,468
47 Balboa Park $63,344
48 Jomacha-Lomita $63,285
49 Paradise Hills $61,827
50 Encanto $61,759
51 Darnall $61,064
52 Tijuana River Valley $60,506
53 East Village $59,134
54 College Area $58,577
55 Sky Line $58,462
56 Moreno Mission $58,425
57 Linda Vista $58,325
58 Nestor $57,292
59 Webster $57,071
60 Palm City $56,621
61 Talmadge $55,951
62 El Cerritos $54,388
63 Midtown District $53,556
64 Valencia Park $53,292
65 Emerald Hills $53,032
66 Normal Heights $52,797
67 Miramar $51,813
68 Oak Park $50,064
69 Park West $48,800
70 Rolando $48,682
71 Egger Highlands $47,002
72 San Ysidro $46,562
73 Gaslamp Quarter $46,313
74 Chollas View $43,595
75 Horton Plaza $40,484
76 Southcrest $39,730
77 Mount Hope $37,060
78 City Heights West $36,560
79 Grant Hill $35,511
80 Cortez Hill $33,282
81 Core $33,240
82 City Heights East $32,300
83 Lincoln Park $31,797
84 Bario Logan $30,625
85 Mountain View $30,582
86 Memorial $30,176

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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