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Pros

-Year-round climate
-Recreation
-Attractive suburbs

Cons

-Air quality
-Rapid cost increases
-Growth and sprawl


What Bert Has To Say About San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos Metro Area


San Diego’s endearing ocean-moderated Southern California climate is hard to beat and enables year-round enjoyment of the area’s many outdoor amenities and activities. The economy has typically been strong and the city is well endowed with arts and recreational amenities. This has drawn the crowds, including retirees, overseas and domestic migrants, and migrants from other parts of California. The cost of living, once a relative bargain for California coastal cities, is no longer low. Commute times have risen and air quality problems have worsened.

All this said, the San Diego area still has a lot to offer. Downtown is mix of modern and old Mission-style architecture, pleasant but nondescript with a nice waterfront area dominated by hospitality activities. Balboa Park just to the north is an urban treasure. San Diego Bay and Mission Bay offer excellent boating and water recreation, and Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are nationally famous.

Farther to the north along the coast, La Jolla is an attractive if expensive beach enclave. Residential areas have grown to the north along State Route 163 and I-15 in places like Poway and Rancho Bernardo. Still farther north along the coast lies the entertainment, shopping and retirement seaside town of Carlsbad, pleasant but expensive, and San Marcos lies inland near the more famous desert retirement enclave of Escondido. Most of these communities are very attractive but demand and geographic limitations have raised prices considerably.

A number of companies, particularly in high tech, have located facilities in these northern areas thus avoiding the need to commute downtown, or, worse, across the area’s mountain ranges. Areas to the south toward Mexico have a working-class character. Travel downtown and to the airport is easy at all but the worst times, and suburban roadways are generally well planned and devoid of major traffic bottlenecks.

San Diego itself is located on a narrow coastal plain giving way to desert foothills to the east and north. Local vegetation is sparse coastal bush and grasses, with desert scrub inland. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant year-round. The strong Pacific influence creates cool summers and warm winters in comparison with other places at the same latitude. The climate varies according to proximity to the coast. Temperatures below freezing are rare, while desert-influenced temperatures above 90 or even 100 do occur. Desert winds bring the highest temperatures during early fall. Most precipitation falls in winter, but there may be an occasional thunderstorm or tropical rain. Morning ocean-borne low clouds (called “fog” or “June gloom” locally) occur in summer but usually dissipate by afternoon. Humidity is low and sunshine is plentiful for a marine location.


Highlights



Quick Facts About San Diego


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in San Diego is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. San Diego jobs have Increased by 1.04 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, San Diego's cost of living is 63.70% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, San Diego's population is 1,308,619 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.84 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in San Diego is $472,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 17.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    San Diego public schools spend $11,158 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.7 students per teacher in San Diego.

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Comments


re: Low quality of life - 10/7/2014
Hi Catherine, I grew up in Houston, lived in Denver, and now Austin for the last 8 long years. I am a single Mother in my late 30's. I took a vacay to San Diego and Fell... (read more)
re: Unbiased Review - 3/8/2015
Great review. Thanks so... (read more)
Unbiased Review
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... (read more)
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