Safe places to live for a small family in San Diego?

Question by auntie mommy: Safe places to live for a small family in San Diego?
We are looking for an apartment near UCSD. Safety is very important to us. We would like a place close to the university but we are willing to be as far as a 20 minute drive. Our budget is about $ 1,300 for a 1 bedroom. Can you recommend a place that is safe?

Best answer:

Answer by Joe C
Anywhere around UCSD is safe. University City / La Jolla has the lowest crime rate in the city. For that price you might not find much, maybe a studio or small condo. Your next best bet would be the Clairemont area, which is close by. It’s mostly all middle income single family homes and apartments.

Here is a quick summary of some of the areas in the city of San Diego. La Jolla and Scripps Ranch are upscale and wealthy. The nice middle class areas of town are Pacific Beach, Tierrasanta, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa. Pacific Beach is a mixture of apartments with college students and young professionals, and single family homes. If you can afford it, it’s one of the best places to live in the city. University City is near La Jolla and UCSD and is mostly upscale professionals. Clairemont is middle class single family homes and has a lot of military families living there. Mira Mesa has a large Asian population. Hillcrest is the center of the gay community. Mission Valley is young professionals and almost all condos and apartments. Ocean Beach is a lot of druggies, hippies, and beach bums. Mission Beach is the seasonal rental party animal types. Point Loma is a lot of retired military. The College Area is near San Diego State on the eastern edge of the city. Linda Vista is lower middle class and ethnically mixed.

In general, the farther south you go (closer to the border), the lower the property values. IMO you want to live north of I-8 and west of I-15. There are also nice bedroom communities along the I-15 corridor, such as Poway, Ranch Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo.

Any of the North County Coastal beach cities are also excellant places to live. It’s a short communte down the coast to UCSD. Del Mar, Lucadia, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad are all great.

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