San Diego

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Quality of life in San Diego

San Diego, California, is among the leading cities with a higher number of accelerators or available funding. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in startups, business freedom and safety.

San Diego is one of the top ten city matches for 1.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

3
244/263
Details
Large apartment$2267.19
Medium apartment$1907.37
Rent index [score]0.31
Small apartment$1547.55

Cost of Living

4
198/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.90
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.20
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.43
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$33.00
Monthly public transport$73.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$77.52

Startups

9
12/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups68
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.89
Coworking spaces [score]0.70
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co28
Meetups [score]0.73
Meetups groups195
Meetups members95664
Number of investors640
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1060
Number of upcoming meetup events149
Startup climate scene [score]0.78
Startup events112
Startup events136
Startup events [score]0.80
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups1082

Venture Capital

9
9/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesQualcomm Robotics Accelerator (Techstars)
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.94

Travel Connectivity

3
145/260
Details
Airport hub83
Airport hub [score]0.40
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

4
220/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/San_Diego
Traffic handling [score]0.46

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
161/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.70
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents68
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.79
Lack of guns [score]0.68
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

7
133/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.36
Healthcare quality [score]0.91
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
34/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of California, San Diego
Best university ranking41
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.36

Environmental Quality

7
97/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.82
Cleanliness [score]0.77
Drinking water quality [score]0.48
Urban greenery [score]0.80

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
142/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.37
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

7
25/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)65.16
Internet access (download) [score]0.87
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.43

Leisure & Culture

8
30/263
Details
Art galleries220
Art galleries [score]0.75
Cinemas170
Cinemas [score]0.74
Comedy clubs141
Comedy clubs [score]0.87
Concert venues240
Concerts [score]0.83
Historical sites126
Historical sites [score]0.81
Museums91
Museums [score]0.83
Performing art venues228
Performing arts [score]0.82
Sport venues140
Sports [score]0.87
Zoos42
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

7
63/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.50

Outdoors

7
23/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.37
Median peak in meters930.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)21.00
Water access [score]0.94
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Costs of living

Costs of living in San Diego are in the 198th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to San Diego will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,635$2,179
$1907
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$33
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$73
Lunch$12
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in San Diego are very high. For this job type, San Diego ranks 14th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in San Diego.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$82,702
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
13/53
Theft
Very Low
12/51
Robbery
Very Low
10/46

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-13%
  • Robbery25%
  • Theft-46%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.63
Guns per 100 people
7.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts San Diego in position 95 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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  • Public Transport
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Not Great for

  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

147

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Steppe

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in San Diego

From balmy beaches with a laid-back attitude to a gleaming modern image, San Diego offers much for the tourist to enjoy. Situated on the Southern California seacoast, San Diego is the second largest city in the state, with 1.3 million residents, and has long attracted travelers for its ideal climate, miles of beaches, and location on the Mexican border right across from Tijuana.

But there's much more here than surfer culture and a quick hop across the border. A rich maritime and military heritage lives on in San Diego, which is home to the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. The city has also become known for its part in the wildlife conservation movement, owing to the presence of the world-renowned San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Natural scenery abounds from rocky tidepools and seaside cliffs to desert hills and canyons inland.

San Diego is a proud city that never seems to cease growing, and though the city has a strong identity many of its residents are newcomers, joining in the flood of immigrants to this city. With this has come the problems associated with Southern California cities, such as traffic jams and air pollution. And yet, though large itself, San Diego is also a place where many come to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, some 100 miles to the northwest.

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