Question by megan: Where are the most safest and affordable places to live in San Diego County?
I’m a 23 yo mother with an infant child currently looking to relocate from Philadelphia, PA to San Diego, CA. As some of you may know the Philly area is filled with crime and I’m trying to escape this and move to a more family oriented city (Good Schools, little to no crime, friendly people, etc)… However I have only been to San Diego once and I don’t know much about the area and I don’t want to move from one horror story to the next… So if you guys and gals could help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks for all your comments!
Answer by Joe C
Here is a quick summary of some of the areas within the city of San Diego.
La Jolla and Scripps Ranch are upscale and wealthy.
The nice middle class areas of town are Pacific Beach, Tierrasanta, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa.
Pacific Beach is a mixture of apartments with college students and young professionals, and single family homes. If you can afford it, it’s one of the best places to live in the city.
University City is near La Jolla and UCSD and is mostly upscale professionals.
Clairemont is middle class single family homes and has a lot of military families living there.
Mira Mesa has a large Asian population.
Hillcrest/North Park is the center of the gay community.
Mission Valley is young professionals and almost all condos and apartments. The trolley lines runs right down the middle of the valley and it’s an ideal place to live if you commute to downtown or San Diego State.
Ocean Beach is a lot of druggies, hippies, and beach bums.
Mission Beach is the seasonal rental party animal types.
Point Loma is a lot of retired military and is directly over the takeoff pattern for the airport. The area bordering Midway Drive is where most of the strip clubs are.
The College Area is near San Diego State on the eastern edge of the city. A few blocks from the school is less than desirable.
Linda Vista is lower middle class and ethnically mixed.
In general, the farther south you go (closer to the border), the lower the property values. IMO you want to live north of I-8 and west of I-15. There are also nice bedroom communities along the I-15 corridor, such as Poway, Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo.
The North County Coastal area is one of the best places to live in the county. The beach cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Lucadia, Carlsbad, etc. are all great and many people do the daily commute on I-5. Also, The Coaster is the commuter rail service along the coast that takes you right downtown.
A little inland are San Marcos and Vista, where housing is less expensive.
Avoid Oceanside. It’s Marines and gangs.
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