San Diego, like many cities is a cultural epic center. It’s in the food they serve, the people you meet and the places you visit; and like many cities there are good and bad points about living in San Diego. The same argument can be made for any city but San Diego is often one of those overlooked cities. While New York City has its fast paced, business attitude, Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the country, and Los Angeles is the movie making mecca; San Diego deserves as much considerations as any of these other cities. It may not have the all the business of New York City or the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles but it does have a lot of great beaches and culture of its own. Whether you have lived there all your life or are looking to start new San Diego is worth a look. You never know you might end up learning something new.
The Pros of Living in San Diego
1. Great weather year round.
One of the first things people think about is the wonderful weather. San Diego is no different with temperatures on average between 48 in the winter to 78 in the summer. With such wonderful weather it’s no surprise that San Diego is home to some of the best recreational activities. Surfing for example is a major past time for many a San Diego resident. From surf themed bars and restaurants to fashion surfing’s influence can be felt everywhere you go. So grab a board and get out and start catching the waves. Even if you’re new to surfing fear not. There are a number of surfing schools ready to teach you everything you will need to know to get out and start shredding the half pipe. Schools like San Diego Surf School or Pacific Surf School offer some of the best surfing classes around.
2. Dozens of beautiful beaches to explore.
Feel free to check out some of the amazing waves all along the coast at the many great beaches in San Diego. Mission Beach for example has some gorgeous scenery combined with great surfing or Moonlight Beach where you can take the family out for a great day of sun, sand, and swimming. What isn’t to like? If you are looking for something a bit more exotic then look no further. San Diego sits right near the border of the US and Mexico.
3. Close to Mexican/American border.
With a quick hop south you can be in the thick of all the sights, sounds, and tastes Mexico has to offer. If you want something more family friendly check out the world famous San Diego Zoo. Home to some of the most majestic and exotic animals in the country. Getting around the city is also a major bonus as there extensive public transit will take you were ever you need to go. Between commuting back and forth to work, meeting some friends for a drink on the weekend or taking the family out for a fun day of activities the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is there for you.
4. Lots of outdoor activities like Surfing, Hiking, Biking, and more available.
If surfing isn’t your cup of tea, never fear as San Diego also has lots of other outdoor activities waiting to be discovered. Hiking, biking, camping, you name it there are lots of outdoor activities that you and the family can enjoy all year round. Beautiful and serene locations like the Palm Canyon Nature Trail. San Diego is also a great city if your are a fan of comic books as every year San Diego is home to the largest comic book convention in the country the San Diego Comic Con. Every year millions of people gather to celebrate all things geek. Even for people that don’t normally enjoy comics the San Diego Comic Con has something for everything. Gorgeous models in extravagant costumes, previews of upcoming block busters, panels with celebrities from your favorite movies and TV shows, rare and unique items for purchase.
5. Low crime rate.
Additionally as is often seen in a lot of western states, San Diego has a more laid back, easy going culture. Unlike places like New York City or Washington D.C. where life moves at the speed of sound, San Diego takes things just a little bit slower. Combine this with a far lower crime rate than other cities in the United States and you can rest easy knowing that not only are you safe but that life isn’t so hectic all the time.
The Cons of Living in San Diego
1. One of the highest cost of living cities in the country.
San Diego also has its down sides. For many the cost of living is far higher than you will find in many other places in the United States. This can be seen in the higher cost of groceries, entertainment, and especially for rent. On average a single bedroom apartment will run you around $1,500 a month. Couple this with the drastically lower income rates and you have a recipe for trouble. Places like San Francisco for example have higher costs of living; however it also has a far greater average income.
2. Higher potential for disasters such as Earthquakes and Wildfires.
Another issue which is prevalent with a lot of west coast cities is the threat and/or effect that wild fires have on them. In the case of San Diego it can be a major concern during the warmer months as little to no precipitation is common throughout the southern regions of California. Even if your home or apartment is not at risk of being devoured by these catastrophic events the smoke and ash blown up into the sky can migrate over causing minor problems like over cast, gray skies to serious health issues like repertory trouble. Furthermore as San Diego does reside in the state of California many issues that affects the state also affects the city. Things like higher gas prices for example are a state wide issue with San Diego suffering as much as the rest of the state. While the weather is generally nice year round other regional issues can present problems. Earthquakes for example are common in this part of the country as it resides along the San Andreas Fault. While earthquakes don’t often cause major problems there is a higher potential here than other parts of the country.
3. Higher rate of illegal activities tied to Mexican cartels.
While overall its crime rate is lower than other similar cities, it does however suffer from being closer to Mexico. While many of the immigrants that call San Diego home are regular law abiding citizens there are a greater number in San Diego than other cities that partake in illegal activities for the cartels.
Overall San Diego, like many similar cities has its ups and downs. While the cost of living is more excessive compared to other places around the county many people come for the wonderful beaches and stay for the gorgeous landscape. Very few places around the country can boast year round enjoyable weather, great beaches, picturesque mountains, and non-stop entertainment. While it may not be for everyone, taking off your coat and staying a while can be just what the doctor ordered.