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"Not the place I grew up!!!"


Not the place I grew up!!! - 3/18/2011
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Geoff
La Jolla, CA

Still a nice place but, too overcrowded, expensive, and most of all not the city that I grew up in that still felt like a smaller town next to LA.

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dana
San Diego, CA

Unbiased Review - 3/8/2015

Take some of these comments with a grain of salt. I've lived in Southern California for most of my life and have lived in San Diego for 15 years. To start, San Diego is ComicCon! it's Military! It's Sunshine! and It's Fun!. It's important to realize that San Diego is very large and very diverse. There is San Diego proper and then there's the County of SD. The city of San Diego is very different from its surrounding cities in the county. San Diego is progressive and diverse whereas San Diego county is mostly ultra conservative, monologic, and older. The city of San Diego is really a big town with a small town feel. We have a thriving arts scene (La Jolla playhouse, Shakespeare's theatre,San Diego Opera/Ballet, Countless Farmers Markets, Diversionary Theatre,etc etc) , a large craft beer community, the second largest LGBT pride event in the country, a progressive attitude, and a laid back feel. Anything East or North of San Diego proper, however, is another world entirely. Now, on to living here. San Diego proper is very expensive; everything from housing to transportation to recreation will cost you. San Diego is not cheap. San Diego also has the most beautiful beaches in the world; seriously, they are absolutely breathtaking (and you can camp overnight at some of them). San Diego is also very hot if you live anywhere further than half a mile from the beach. If you're not on the coast, it will feel like Palm Springs. The further east you get the hotter it gets (dry, smoggy, and hot every single day of your life). If you have the opportunity to live on or a block or so away from the water, do it. If you're a millionaire and love the beach, buy a house on the water and you'll be the happiest person in the world. Our beach towns have Great people. Great sand. Great surf and Great food. San Diego is possibly the most awesome location in the world. It's 15 minutes from Tijuana, an hour from Disneyland, 45 minutes from snow and skiing, 2 hours from Palm Springs, an hour and a half from LA, and 4 hours from Vegas. You could literally go surfing in the morning, skiing in the afternoon, then go live in up in LA for the night. San Diego also has some of the best educational opportunities anywhere. It is home to UCSD ( with its Scripps institute, UCSD Medical, state of the art stem cell research, and cutting edge biology research), SDSU (Go Aztecs), USD, and Point Loma Nazarene. The city is culturally diverse with some of the best authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Mexican food, in the country. It is home to the second largest expatriate Iraqi community and the largest expatriate Somalian community. Vegan/Vegitarian food is everywhere, and North Park and Hillcrest have very large hipster communities. The city is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Sea World. Qualcomm calls SD home as does most of the solar power and biotech industry. All that said, San Diego has some very impoverished neighborhoods. It has a relatively high unemployment rate. It has some pretty awful traffic, and the streets are probably the worst kept streets of any city of its size in the country. I hope this review is helpful! if your'e still curious, go ahead and google some cities in SD and see what they look like (Hillcrest, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Downtown, South Park, Balboa Park, etc).

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Tammi

Over-priced - 1/17/2015

I'm a 2nd-generation San Diego native. I can honestly say, San Diego is NOT "America's Finest City!" This is not the same city I grew up in, too many non-natives with big $$$ have ruined it. Housing is WAY overpriced, utilities are insane, traffic is a nightmare...except at 3am! Friends, who were not born in San Diego, comment that it's the "price you pay" for the weather. Sorry, but NOTHING is worth the price it costs to live in San Diego now. You need at least a 6-figure income to survive here anymore & I'm counting down the days until I can leave this place to the tourists that our City Council caters to, instead of the citizens who elected them!

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Catherine
La Mesa, CA

Low quality of life - 10/7/2014

I moved to San Diego ten years ago from Chicago. These are my observations: The high cost of living makes finding fun things to do unaffordable, as there are very few free or inexpensive options. Constant seventy degree weather gets boring. Few cultural offering offerings in comparison with similar sized cities. The ocean is beyond freezing. In general, a superficial, shallow air to most citizens. In my opinion, it's just dull, and lacks soul. For further reference, I'm from Nashville, TN, and have also lived in New Orleans and south Florida.

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Kim
San Diego, CA

Recreation for San Diego - Fantastic !!! - 8/30/2014

There are more things to do in San Diego than you have time for. There is always something for all ages: Beautiful beaches can be enjoyed for FREE! Many events at the gorgeous 100 year-old Balboa Park are FREE! Ballet / Operas can be enjoyed at low costs; some world-class performances can be enjoyed very inexpensively at university campuses. And the performers are not just university students – some are professional from London, NYC, etc. One can’t list all those activities here in this section. Just Google “things to do in San Diego” and you will find more many activities than you can possibly participate!

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S
San Diego, CA

Paradise - 6/10/2014

San Diego is the little hidden gem south of Los Angeles with almost the same things as LA has to offer only less people, pollution and traffic. We have a blossoming craft beer culture and some great new eateries. New buildings going up in downtown east village are the norm. Beaches are fantastic if not some of the best in the country however all this paradise comes at a cost! It is not cheap to live here, but as far as crime and quality of life San Diego is pretty awesome and has relatively low crime for its size/population. Fashion is laid back as well as the attitude.

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Martin
San Diego, CA

cost of housing - 4/22/2014

High rent and purchase price of homes. High fuel and utilities.

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Mary
Andover, MN

Remember why I left - 3/14/2014

Southern CA Is lovely, I am a native and spent my youth there. So much to do but it is stressful and expensive. The job market and housing are really tough. People tend to be smug, on something, and empty. Weather is best by the coast and it is quickly becoming LA with lots of traffic. Too many people for the resources so it has changed but not for the better. Mexico is a threat as is the lack of fresh water. No place for my kids to get established and the schools are a mess as is the economy. It has always been liberal but now borders on true Communism. What a hassle everything tends to be. Feel great there tho due to sun and sea breezes, but unless you are wealthy forget peace. You will slave for a dirty old box, no middle class left, and believe it they can and will have an earthquake. Huge drug culture there wrecked my family and the weather is hotter and humid now. Absolutely the best Mexican food anywhere and it's great to have mountains/desert too. I have been visiting for a long time in short trips & haven't noticed the despair like I did after staying a few months. We will not be returning and it is hard to get images of the sunken Titanic with all the doomed passengers out of my mind. Not too big to fail and the infrastructure is collapsing, taxes cannot keep up with the volume of unemployed bailing the drought...

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Lynn
San Diego, CA

72 and Sunny - 3/13/2014

San Diego is sunny most days with too much to do! Beaches, World Renowned Zoo, parks, museums, shopping, great airport.....

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Michael J.
San Diego, CA

Too high to be worth it... - 1/21/2014

San Diego has increased in traffic, population, and crime. Don't read the statistics as they're wrong! As far as white population, we are now the minority. You PAY for the beautiful sunny weather. However, you pay for it in other ways, besides a high cost of living - that is reflected in utility bills as well. Water is an issue since they won't pass desalinization laws here. Not only is it expensive, but it's just not local - hey, this IS a desert after all! The CA economy over all keeps pushing away business because they tax them to death. We are looking to move north and researching places now... I'd stay away from San Diego, and CA in general!

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ronald
San Diego, CA

HORRIBLE. 1 bed apartment 1700.00 per month - 1/5/2014

In addition loaded with illegals and middle east. drugs and crime are rampead.stay in the south

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S
Santee, CA

America's Finest City . . . NOT!!!!!! - 7/26/2013

I've lived in San Diego since 1983 and I can tell you it SUCKS!!! It's hot, it's humid by the beach, it's dry inland, there's always a drought so water prices are outrageous, it's supposedly a "vacation destination" so gas prices are ridiculous, it's ALWAYS crowded with the rudest people on earth, and the traffic is INSANE!!! I've been trying to get out of here for over 15 years, but it's so expensive that you get upside down in house debt (and then the market takes a dive) so you can't even leave. And the housing prices . . . don't even get me started. The people (all 20-something twinkies) are vapid and vane -- no heart and definitely no soul. This is truly the devil's playground. The new Sodom and Gomorrah. (It makes Vegas look saintly.) There's NOTHING good about this place!

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Lauren
San Diego, CA

San Diego Weather - 6/30/2013

San Diego is a beautiful place with sunny and clement weather most of the year. It's a very good place for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

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T

Short-timer in San Diego - 6/28/2013

San Diego is a far larger city than I have ever lived in & it's size is a negative for me (too much of: noise; light at night; people; cars; buildings; asphalt.). However, it has distinct neighborhoods (albeit too small properties that are too close together) which is nice for a city this size. The most negative: too costly, especially to buy a home, to retire here, or to live here (high gasoline & utility costs). The most positive: the weather (although you have to like above average humidity and warmer summer temps). If you have no money worries & don't mind the noise level & the low air quality, it's probably as nice a city this size as you'll find in the entire country.

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Megan
San Diego, CA

Your are definitely paying for the sunshine! - 5/25/2013

Though San Diego can be a fun and relaxed place to live, it's also prohibitively expensive. Unless you're making at least $50,000 with NO one else to support and without having ANY debt, don't expect to get ahead here. You have to really value sunshine and not care too much about traffic and the high cost of living here. For some it's worth it, for other's, not so much.

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Catherine
La Mesa, CA

Family-Oriented Activities - 3/11/2013

In general, San Diego is a city which is more oriented toward the young professional. There is a great lack of activities which engage the entire family and are affordable.

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Michael J.
San Diego, CA

You'll pay dearly for the weather... - 3/4/2013

Sunshine most of the year, if it goes below 70, people complain and get jackets. I've been here over 30 years, coming from the east coast, and I admit that I love all the sunshine, but the cost of living is very high! We are now looking to move to the Pacific Northwest to get a change of scenery, and a better cost of living.

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aaron
San Diego, CA

San Diego - 1/12/2013

I am a San Diego native, lived here all my life, 37 years. I have a family now and in pursuit of a better place to live. I am a self employed artisan and cannot compete in this city of SUV, IKEA and over priced under built mini mansions. San Diego has great areas to live but lacks an art scene or appreciation. Time for a change.

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Bp
Brooklyn, NY

Weather Can Be Over Rated - 1/8/2013

After living in San Diego for a few years, I decided to head East to pursue an education. Here are my top rated neighborhoods to live if you so decide to call this metropolitan area home. 1. Del Mar 2. Encinitas 3. Cardiff by the Sea 4. Point Loma 5. Pacific Beach As you can tell, most of these places are close to the beach. Budget not being an issue, I suggest that you enjoy. I made up my mind not to return to San Diego. But heck! Granted a great career opportunity, it won't be so hard to choose. Life can be hectic if you work there and have terrible committed, but it beats LA anyday. Three more semesters in college in NYC, but San Diego is not my top rated destination. Good luck to you! If living close to the beach and eating an occasional burrito, mark up Encinitas for its laid back style.

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Lee
San Diego, CA

Transplant from the Midwest - 12/22/2012

During the first year of living in San Diego, I missed the fall and snow for the holidays. After that, I got used to the weather and now I don't care for seasonal change. Also, San Diego is always sunny inland, but on the coast it's usually cloudy in the morning or entire day.

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ocean
San Diego, CA

Great weather but not much else - 9/29/2012

If you live by the coast, theweather can't be beat. Also, we have the advantage of no mosquitoes, so being out in the evening is enjoyable. cons: boring...once you have been here a year, all the events are the same the next year! A lot of stoners! Everyone smokes pot. Guys in flip-flops. yup, even attorneys wear jeans and flip-flops to work. Salaries are sooooo much lower than anywhere in the US that I have lived. Moved from NYC and took a $25,000 pay cut. employers know that lots of people want to live here for the weather so they pay them crap. It's called the sunshine tax. Also, ten years ago the city was much nicer....less traffic, low crime, less people, more jobs. The city is broke, they pay their police poorly, and the city makes stupid decisions. Schools are horrible.

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