According to the U.S. News & World Report, San Diego is the No. 3 best place to live in California and the ninth-best place to live for quality of life, offering residents an active lifestyle by the beach.
Whether your passion is catching live music, surfing the waves, eating delicious Mexican food or basking in perfect year-round weather, you can enjoy it all in S.D.
Here are the top 10 things you need to know about living in San Diego.
San Diego is a gorgeous city to live in, but prices can be steep.
The cost of living is 41 percent higher than the national average when factoring in costs such as groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and health care. The average rent for a one-bedroom is also $250 more than the national average for apartments of the same size. In general, the closer you are to the beach, the pricier the pad.
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You can sing “It's a Perfect Day" daily with 70-degree weather year-round, except for a few months when the temperature fluctuates. The summer heat can get pretty sweltering, while December through February tends to have cooler weather and can often bring rain.
Still, rainy days are minimal, compared with other places in the country, as the normal average of rainfall in San Diego is 10.34 inches.
There are plenty of concerts and music options to enjoy throughout the county. Catch a show at Pechanga Arena, Aztec Arena, Sleep Train Amphitheater, SOMA, Humphreys and many casino venues. Jazz aficionados can also hit up the Gaslamp Quarter, which is well-known for its jazz scene.
Don't miss the spring Jazz Fest in May, where you can walk up and down 5th Avenue while listening to jazz music with a cold beverage and some street eats.
Delicious Mexican food can be found on pretty much every corner in San Diego. Savor everything from breakfast burritos, the infamous California burrito, street tacos and delicious traditional dishes.
A great spot to eat Mexican food is in Old Town, where you can load up on a little bit of everything. You definitely want to hit the Plaza De Reyes for delicious warm churros or a cream empanada with a Mexican hot chocolate after dinner. Yum!
If you're a fan of arts and sciences, then Balboa Park is a can't-miss destination for the weekend. Put on your comfy walking shoes and head on over for world-class museums, delicious restaurants, awe-inspiring architecture, gardens and the famous San Diego Zoo.
Love to get outside? Great. San Diego has plenty in store for you outdoors with year-round opportunities to paddleboard, bodysurf, surf, swim, hike, bike, run and walk.
Many hiking trails can be found throughout the county. Favorite places to trek include Potato Chip Rock, Cowles Mountain and Torrey Pines State Reserve.
During the summer months, you want to hit the beach as early as you possibly can. Parking is free but can be limiting and a challenge to find if you don't get there early.
San Diego is home to multiple military bases for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. According to the S.D. Military Family Organization, nearly 8 percent of the U.S. active-duty military population, 17 percent of all Navy personnel and 30 percent of all Marine personnel live in San Diego.
San Diego is known for having top-rated universities. San Diego State University ranks No. 11 for its international business program, according to U.S. News & World Report. It's a popular university choice for locals due to affordability and proximity. SDSU is also well-known for its men's basketball team that ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West Division.
Meanwhile, the University of California at San Diego is another attractive option. It ranks 37th among national universities and 16th for the best college for veterans.
San Diego drivers lose about 70 hours per year in traffic, according to a 2019 report from data firm INRIX. San Diego ranked 17th overall in its assessment of the most congested cities in America.
So, you may be in store for a long commute on the 5, 8 or 805 freeways during morning and evening rush hours. Weekends can be just as brutal since San Diego is a popular destination for people to visit from Orange County and L.A.
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