Welcome to Sunny California
San Diego — the Birthplace of California, is one of the major cities in the Golden State. Spanish for Saint Didacus, San Diego has an estimated population of over 1.41M as of 2019. Due to perfect weather conditions and the endless opportunities, the city has seen an influx of new transplants. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and the second-largest in California.
Compared to Chicago’s humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters, San Diego has a perfect weather year-round. In fact, the city has one of the most perfect climates in the entire country with temperatures that range from 57°F during winter to 72°F during mostly dry summer season.
Housing and living costs
Overall, the housing and living costs in San Diego are higher compared to Chicago. San Diego’s cost of living is about 50% more expensive. However, if you decide to buy a home in San Diego, expect the prices to be much lower than some other cities in California such as San Jose and San Francisco. The average property cost in San Diego is $645,300. In case you’re looking to rent instead of buying a house, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is currently $1,800.
San Diego Neighborhoods
There are over 100 Neighborhoods in the City of San Diego. According to Redfin, the top ten neighborhoods in San Diego are Little Italy, Carmel Valley, Mission Hills, North Park, Balboa Park, Hillcrest, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Mission Valley, and Pacific Beach.
Economy and Job Opportunities
With a diverse economy, San Diego offers plenty of job opportunities in various areas. The city is known as a healthcare and biotechnology development/research center. Other lucrative economic sectors in San Diego are tourism, military and defense-related activities, manufacturing, and international trade. San Diego is one of the best cities in the US for launching a startup or opening a small business. The top employers in San Diego are the United States Navy, University of California, San Diego, Sharp HealthCare, County of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District, Qualcomm, Inc, Scripps Health, Kaiser Permanente, and San Diego Community College District.
Things to see and do in San Diego
Are you a fan of mountain views, intriguing caves, and sunny beaches? San Diego is the perfect place if you love kayaking, swimming, hiking, surfing, and any other activities that bring you closer to nature and fresh air. The local Farmers Markets are also a must visit. They offer fresh produce and high-quality fruits and vegetables. As the city is very close to Mexico, it offers a great opportunity for weekend getaways whenever you need a change of scenery.
Moving to San Diego with a car
When moving to San Diego with a car, all new residents have 20 days to register their vehicle and 10 days to obtain a California driver’s license. In order to register your car, you will also need to hold valid car insurance.
The state of California has very strict rules when it comes to registering an out-of-state vehicle, so we highly recommend you to familiarize yourself with all the requirements on the official State of California Department of Motor Vehicles website.
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