San Diego

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

3
242/265
Details
Large apartment$2300.00
Medium apartment$1900.00
Rent index [score]0.28
Small apartment$1500.00

Cost of Living

5
161/245
Details
5km taxi ride$8.30
A Cappuccino$4.60
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.50
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.53
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$66.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$79.09

Startups

8
20/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups25
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.74
Coworking spaces [score]0.79
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co28
Meetups [score]0.74
Meetups groups197
Meetups members110846
Number of investors640
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1589
Number of upcoming meetup events126
Startup climate scene [score]0.72
Startup events193
Startup events [score]0.81
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups1051

Venture Capital

9
17/223
Details
Funding accelerator namesQualcomm Robotics Accelerator (Techstars)
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.85

Travel Connectivity

3
146/265
Details
Airport hub83
Airport hub [score]0.40
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.13

Commute

4
181/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/San_Diego
Traffic handling [score]0.46

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
169/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.69
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]0.67
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

9
68/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
49/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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]0.37

Environmental Quality

8
83/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.86
Cleanliness [score]0.80
Drinking water quality [score]0.52
Urban greenery [score]0.85

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
145/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.33
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

8
18/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)79.33
Internet access (download) [score]0.93
Internet access (upload) [score]0.61
Upload speed (Mbps)15.31

Leisure & Culture

8
28/264
Details
Art galleries250
Art galleries [score]0.77
Cinemas203
Cinemas [score]0.75
Comedy clubs135
Comedy clubs [score]0.87
Concert venues233
Concerts [score]0.83
Historical sites124
Historical sites [score]0.81
Museums94
Museums [score]0.83
Performing art venues227
Performing arts [score]0.75
Sport venues131
Sports [score]0.86
Zoos49
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

8
61/265
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]0.69

Outdoors

6
22/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.34
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 161st place of all 245 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. 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)

$1,400$1,700
$1500
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$66
Lunch$16
-22%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in San Diego are very high. For this job type, San Diego ranks 15th for salaries among 265 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)

$84,741
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

8%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

147/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
10/51
Theft
Very Low
8/49
Robbery
Very Low
6/41

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault8%
  • Robbery0%
  • Theft-23%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.81
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 99 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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Great for

  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options

Not Great for

  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet

Who lives here

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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People in San Diego

Population of San Diego

4,233,700
909 /km²
136/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
San Diego

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Software Engineer
9.07%
Founder
7.11%
Marketing Manager
6.86%
Web Developer
4.17%
Project Manager
3.68%
Web Designer
2.94%
Teacher
2.70%
Other
63.48%

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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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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