The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In San Diego For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Diego are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in San Diego.
Safest Neighborhoods In San Diego

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in San Diego are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in San Diego. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which San Diego neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in San Diego in 2020? That would be Nestor. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in San Diego.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all San Diego neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest San Diego Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in San Diego.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 85 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In San Diego.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Nestor.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places San Diego. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,126
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5
Property Crime Per 100k: 37
More on Nestor: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Nestor comes in at 5 and the property crime per capita is 37 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,877
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24
Property Crime Per 100k: 76
More on Egger Highlands: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Egger Highlands comes in at 24 and the property crime per capita is 76 for 2020.

Scripps Ranch San Diego, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 36,364
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73
Property Crime Per 100k: 537
More on Scripps Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Scripps Ranch comes in at 73 and the property crime per capita is 537 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 44,185
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73
Property Crime Per 100k: 729
More on Rancho Bernadino: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Rancho Bernadino comes in at 73 and the property crime per capita is 729 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,341
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 90
Property Crime Per 100k: 690
More on Rancho Penasquitos: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Rancho Penasquitos comes in at 90 and the property crime per capita is 690 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 39,559
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81
Property Crime Per 100k: 776
More on Carmel Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Carmel Valley comes in at 81 and the property crime per capita is 776 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,743
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74
Property Crime Per 100k: 847
More on North City: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North City comes in at 74 and the property crime per capita is 847 for 2020.

Sabre Springs San Diego, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,559
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97
Property Crime Per 100k: 777
More on Sabre Springs: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Sabre Springs comes in at 97 and the property crime per capita is 777 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,893
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97
Property Crime Per 100k: 838
More on Tierrasanta: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Tierrasanta comes in at 97 and the property crime per capita is 838 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,210
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 195
Property Crime Per 100k: 508
More on Alta Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Alta Vista comes in at 195 and the property crime per capita is 508 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In San Diego

Looking at the data, you can tell that Nestor is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Nestor 42
2 Egger Highlands 100
3 Scripps Ranch 610
4 Rancho Bernadino 802
5 Rancho Penasquitos 780
6 Carmel Valley 857
7 North City 921
8 Sabre Springs 874
9 Tierrasanta 935
10 Alta Vista 703
11 Wooded Area 1,139
12 San Carlos 1,080
13 Mira Mesa 1,144
14 Roseville 1,197
15 Bay Terrace 1,072
16 Bay Ho 1,252
17 Paradise Hills 1,085
18 Lake Murray 1,160
19 Del Mar Heights 1,237
20 La Jolla Village 1,411
21 South Park 1,442
22 University City 1,478
23 Darnall 1,389
24 Jomacha-Lomita 1,371
25 Clairemont Mesa 1,555
26 Allied Gardens 1,616
27 North Clairemont 1,574
28 Sorrento Valley 1,723
29 Sky Line 1,478
30 Linda Vista 1,734
31 Mission Bay 1,940
32 Bay Park 1,776
33 Bario Logan 1,751
34 Chollas View 1,681
35 La Jolla 1,953
36 Encanto 1,764
37 Gateway 1,885
38 Carmel Mountain 2,011
39 Grant Hill 1,870
40 Valencia Park 1,909
41 Del Cerro 2,209
42 Serra Mesa 2,293
43 Webster 1,809
44 Tijuana River Valley 2,324
45 Southcrest 2,124
46 West University Heights 2,468
47 Gaslamp Quarter 2,357
48 Moreno Mission 2,526
49 Mount Hope 2,340
50 Grantville 2,555
51 Normal Heights 2,626
52 Talmadge 2,671
53 Mountain View 2,322
54 City Heights West 2,430
55 North Hills 2,794
56 Loma Portal 2,739
57 Emerald Hills 2,531
58 City Heights East 2,753
59 Core 3,040
60 College Area 3,067
61 Oak Park 2,904
62 Lincoln Park 2,966
63 El Cerritos 3,097
64 Palm City 3,231
65 Rolando 3,136
66 Park West 3,786
67 San Ysidro 3,294
68 Balboa Park 3,796
69 Torrey Pines 4,750
70 Kensington 3,846
71 Bird Land 3,739
72 Ocean Beach 3,936
73 Pacific Beach 4,859
74 Midtown 4,520
75 Old Town 4,760
76 Memorial 4,440
77 Cortez Hill 7,103
78 Columbia 8,138
79 Horton Plaza 6,955
80 Mission Valley 10,373
81 Little Italy 8,595
82 Marina 10,751
83 Midtown District 10,826
84 Kearny Mesa 13,706
85 East Village 12,932

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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