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The weather may be a major reason why people flock to San Diego. The city has a mild Mediterranean climate with 266 sunny days per year and zero annual snowfall.

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san diego at a glance

San Diego has a higher cost of living than California’s statewide average and the national median with average rent prices of about $2,917 for 800 square feet. However, certain amenities, including groceries, health care, transportation, and utilities, have prices aligning with other areas in the state.

There are ample career opportunities in San Diego. The city has a median household income of over $71,000 with healthcare, technology, and education being the most popular industries. Major employers in San Diego include the University of San Diego, Pulse Electronics, Kaiser Permanente, and Sony. In the past year, jobs have increased by 1.4%.

San Diego isn’t as traffic-heavy as other California cities and boasts a commute time of 24 minutes. The city has several public transportation options, including the MTS bus and trolley system, but most residents have their own car. Traveling to a different state or country is also accessible through the San Diego International Airport.

San Diego has 24 higher education options, including the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. There are also 221 K-12 options through the San Diego Unified School District, many of which rank above average in quality.

Living in San Diego, California means enjoying year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, and a laid-back coastal lifestyle that’s hard to resist. With the help of CEND, you can make a smooth move to this exciting city and start enjoying your new life.

where to live, have fun, and explore

san diego

This neighborhood offers a dense suburban feel and is good for families. The largest age bracket is 65 or older, and the median household income is $119,302. Average one-way commute is 28 minutes.

Most residents in this suburban neighborhood have an average commute of 25 minutes. Median household income is $132,276, and the largest age bracket is 65 or older.

This family-friendly neighborhood has a high percentage of married couples and a median age of 59. Median household income is $181,826, and the average commute is 22 minutes.

Despite a high cost of living, most La Jolla residents own homes and earn an average household income of $197,717. Median age is 48, and most residents are married and own a car.

This neighborhood offers a blend of urban and suburban living with short commute times, making it a popular destination for a younger crowd. Median household income is $125,444, and most residents are unmarried.

This upscale, historic neighborhood has a median age of 46 and household income of $85,268. Car ownership is high and the average commute is 27 minutes.

 Located near Balboa Park, this neighborhood is highly walkable with a median age of 39. Unmarried white-collar workers comprise most of the population, earning a median household income of $119,896.

The central hub for San Diego’s LGBTQ+ scene, this neighborhood has a median age of 41 and household income of $125,920. Married couples comprise 38% of the population and over 15,537 residents commute by car.

This chic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has over 3,000 residents who prefer walking to work. The city has a median age of 36, an annual household income of $112,194, and a 35% marriage rate.

This downtown neighborhood has a bustling nightlife scene. It attracts a younger demographic earning an average household income of $112,194. Most residents are unmarried and prefer commuting by car or foot.

This neighborhood is a mix of modern high-rises and Victorian architecture with an average household income of $112,194. Median age is 36, about 34% of residents are married, and over 15,000 residents commute by car.

Offering a classic SoCal beach vibe, this neighborhood has an average income of $122,147 and median age of 36. Most residents aren’t married and prefer commuting by car.

This neighborhood is a hilly peninsula with a younger demographic predominantly in their thirties that prefers commuting by car. Median household income is $123,833, and 38% of residents are married.

This resort city on the San Diego Bay is home to mostly middle-aged white-collar professionals earning an annual income of $174,248. Most residents are married and own a car for commuting. 

As a lively residential area, this neighborhood attracts mostly young, unmarried professionals earning a household income of $111,551. The majority of residents commute by car.

This trendy neighborhood is home to mostly young professionals and students. Average household income is $97,340, and most residents aren’t married and commute by car.

Home to various indie boutiques and vegan restaurants, this charming neighborhood is ideal for unmarried young professionals who prefer commuting by car or public transportation. Average household income is $83,827.

things to do in san diego, ca

Brazil Carnival: As one of the largest carnivals in California, this Mardi Gras-esque festival is a nonstop party of performances, raffles, and authentic Brazilian food.
San Diego Greek Festival: Held annually, this festival celebrates Greek culture with live music, dancing, and delicious cuisine.
San Diego Pride: This organization launched the first San Diego pride parade in 1974 and continues to host an annual summer festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
Coronado Flower Show: Operated by the Coronado Flower Association, this is the largest tented flower show in the nation and comprises two days of floral competitions and entertainment with local beer and wine.
San Diego Bayfest: This music festival is a celebration of San Diego beach life and culture with local food and drinks.

San Diego Padres: This Major League Baseball team competes in the National League West Division.
San Diego Seals: The Seals belong to the National Lacrosse League, the world’s only professional lacrosse association.
San Diego Legion: Founded in 2017, this team competes in Major League Rugby.
San Diego Sockers: The Sockers represent San Diego in the Major Arena Soccer League in the Western Division.
San Diego Strike Force: A professional indoor football team, Strike Force began competing for the Indoor Football League in 2019.
San Diego Aviators: This team is part of World TeamTennis and plays at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.

Gaslamp Quarter: This lively downtown neighborhood features an array of dive bars, cocktail lounges, restaurants, and theaters showing music, comedy, and drama performances.
The Observatory North Park: Located on University Avenue, this restored theater is a multi-faceted entertainment venue hosting everything from concerts to plays and films.
Trailer Park After Dark: Enjoy comfort food and beer at this subterranean dive bar with funky trailer-park themed decor.
The Tipsy Crow: This historic sports bar offers three levels of lounges with dancing, live music, comedy performances, and games.

San Diego Zoo: This zoo houses over 4,000 animals of more than 650 species in Balboa Park.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park: With multiple safaris to choose from, you can observe your favorite animals and get access to exclusive areas of the park.
Legoland California: This resort features a theme park, water park, aquarium, and seasonal events. 
Sesame Place San Diego: This theme park and water park is full of rides, attractions, shops, and events with your favorite Sesame Street characters.
Belmont Park: A premier beachfront amusement park, Belmont Park is home to the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, a swimming pool, and several shops.
Balboa Park: This 1,200-acre cultural park features gardens, walking paths, theaters, and museums.

Fiesta Island Park: Located on a large peninsula, this park offers 27 miles of beaches with dog parks and fire pits.
Old Town San Diego: Take a tour with your pet through 32 historic sites, shops, and restaurants in Old Town San Diego.
Quartyard: This vast park is full of food trucks, live music, a craft beer garden, and dog park.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: Although dogs aren’t permitted in the buildings, you’re welcome to browse park grounds with your leashed furry friend.

Photo by Andrew Pons on Unsplash.

san diego restaurants & breweries

  • Solare Ristorante: Voted San Diego’s Best Italian Restaurant, Solare Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine in Liberty Station.
  • AleSmith Brewing: This brewery offers on-site tastings, beer to-go, rotating food trucks, and private event spaces.
  • Lola 55: Find award-winning gourmet tacos and craft cocktails at Lola 55, an industrial-chic restaurant with a lounge area.
  • Kingfisher: Enjoy glamorous furnishings and French-Vietnamese cuisine in the historic neighborhood of Golden Hill.

North Park Beer Company: This award-winning neighborhood brewery and taproom serves ales and lagers in the heart of North Park.

environmental standards

There are about 2,000 public charging stations located throughout San Diego County. Many of these chargers are free or offer low pay-as-you-use fees. The city also promotes regular recycling and has numerous resources for residents to make the process easier. Most neighborhoods have curbside recycling, and San Diego has home and community recycling programs for those that don’t.

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san diego moving & storage

If you’re moving to San Diego, CA, CEND can make the process easier. We offer a customized moving experience from DIY to full-service, depending on the services you need and can afford. If you aren’t ready for your items right away, we also provide convenient storage services, so they’ll stay safe in the meantime. Contact us today to book your services or request a quote.