Ask anyone from San Diego which is the best neighborhood for families, and they are likely to reply, “all of them”.
It’s rare to find somewhere that welcomes families to all areas, but that’s pretty much what you get from the place that calls itself ‘America’s Finest City’.
Why San Diego?
If you ask a realtor in San Diego exactly why it is that this fine city is in demand and property prices continue to rise, they will tell you that it’s not difficult to see why. Here are five reasons why San Diego is a great place to raise a family:
1. Excellent educational establishments
San Diego boasts some high ranking educational establishments. It is home to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), which was placed 54th in the QS World University Rankings for 2021.
It also has some great school districts in the area, including Del Mar Union Elementary School District and Poway Unified School District scoring particularly highly.
2. Outdoor life
It’s so important for kids to spend time outdoors, but separating them from their devices can sometimes prove a problem. When it comes to the variety of outdoor activities available in San Diego, the trouble may be getting them to come home again.
First up, you can’t mention this coastal city without talking about all the watersports available. Kids are spoiled for choice with options such as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming, to name just a few.
Hiking is also big in the area thanks to lots of scenic trails offering breathtaking views.
There’s also a great range of museums, parks, and other attractions to visit, including San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, San Diego Botanic Garden, Maritime Museum of San Diego, The New Children’s Museum – the list goes on and on.
Spending quality time together as a family is a whole lot easier with such a diverse range of activities to take part in.
3. Unbeatable Weather
The weather is at worst mild and at best comfortably hot. It’s reliably predictable and doesn’t experience any extreme weather at any time of year.
The best time of year for visiting the beach is June to October, but with lows of only around 10 degrees, being outdoors in San Diego is comfortable any time of year.
4. Job prospects
Previously relying on the Department of Defense to provide the lion’s share of employment, today sees a far more diverse jobs market in the city.
There are several tech companies to choose from as well as many small to medium-sized companies accounting for nearly half of the workforce in San Diego.
Education and healthcare are two other job sectors providing many jobs in the city.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the unemployment rate was just 2.8 percent compared to the national average of 3.7.
5. Safe city
The crime rate in San Diego is not only 15 percent lower than the national average, but it continues to decline year on year, with 2019 having the lowest crime rate for the past 40 years.
Offering the job security and amenities of a big city, yet the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of a small town, it’s not surprising so many families choose to call it home.