Life in San Diego, California

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to San Diego, California? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in San Diego?
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The weather in San Diego is ideal year round. With the average high between 65 and 75 degrees and an average low of 49 to 65 life is very nice for those living in San Diego. The record highs and lows are 101 and 29 respectively. The average rainfall for San Diego is around 10 inches.The crime rate has been going down in San Diego since 2000 and it is constantly rated top 10 safest city's in the US. Crime still exists though with a majority of it being drug related or assaults. A father of 7 was recently arrested for running a drug operation out of his garage. The Mexican Cartels also use the border that San Diego shares with Mexico to bring in 70% of its meth.The better neighborhoods in San Diego are Carslbad, Chula Vista and Ocean Beach with a majority of white, Hispanic and Asians living in the area. The bad parts of San Diego include City Heights, Encanto and Logan Heights. These area are poor Hispanic neighborhoods with high crime that include drug and gang violence. Logan Heights even has a popular nursery rhyme about its crime.The people in San Diego are among the friendliest in California. The beach communities are epically friendly with a "everybody knows your name vibe" at most bars and restaurants. Of the 1.4 million people that make up the city are 55% white, 25% Hispanic, 15% Asian & 5% African American. Due to the year round nice weather San Diego has became the city with the 3rd largest homeless population in the US.
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Fashion Valley Mall is great shopping destination with a Tiffany's, Hermes, Burberry and an AMC theatre. Westfield Horton Plaza has a Macy's and a Regal Cinema. Westfield Mission Valley has an AMC theatre and a popular 2 story Target.Great Mexican food is easy to find and one of the better restaurants is Oscar's Mexican Seafood with their great surf & turf tacos. Phil's BBQ is a staple for American food with their pork ribs and onion rings. Other great places are Sushi Ota and Lefty's Chicago PIzzeria.The public school system in San Diego is very large but is ranked very well amongst the nations other school districts. Even with the heigh quality education most people with means still send their children to private schools.San Diego is one of the number one locations for singles in California. With a great quality of life and amazing weather year round this is a great place to meet people and date.
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Those living off the 5 freeway have to deal with constant noise from cars. There is also quite a bit of noise for those living near the multiple sports arenas in the city. With sports being played year round the games always bring people and car noise.Los Angeles is the closest big city to compare San Diego to. They are no where near in comparison. While Los Angeles is all get up and go San Diego doesn't seem to have the same hustle mentality. The beach communities are also different, LA wants tourists and puts their needs above those of the locals where in San Diego the people live at the beach everyone else is just visiting.The hospital in San Diego is UCSD Medical center. Other great hospitals in the area include Scripps Mercy hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital & Rady Children's Hospital.Balboa Park with the San Diego Zoo is a popular destination in the city and has hours of fun. The Stone Brewery is another great destination to enjoy good food and amazing craft beer. Of course one of the most well known destinations in San Diego is SeaWorld, check out the Killer Whales and other sea life.
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San Diego is a great mix of big city life and small beach town life. Everywhere you go in the city will give you a different vibe and energy. It's unlike the other beach cities of the west coast. San Diego has great surfing, amazing food, diversity where ever you look and everything else you might need from a big city.   
San Diego, California population: 1307402

How many black people live in San Diego? How many white people?
Number of White People769971Percentage of White people58.9%
Number of Black People104374Percentage of Black people8%
Number of Hispanic People388998Percentage of Hispanic people29.7%
Number of Asian People253238Percentage of Asian people19.4%
Number of American Indian People17865Percentage of American Indian people1.4%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

San Diego, California

Percent college grads: 40.8%
Percent grad school grads: 16.1%
Unemployment rate: 7.3
Median house value: 503700
Median income: 62480

How many singles in San Diego?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
1336351067611.25men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
39727330531.2men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
33878353180.96men for each woman

Crimes in San Diego, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault36510%1%
Auto Theft63891%2%

Weather History for San Diego, California

San Diego, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000000160160460
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000003109208450

How many hot humid days a year does San Diego, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does San Diego, California have?
How many sunny days a year does San Diego, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does San Diego, California have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year0019010669168467379

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.