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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround San Diego.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which San Diego 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the San Diego area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to San Diego proper, although Del Mar certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of San Diego are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..
We examined the 17 biggest suburbs of San Diego to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in california lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of San Diego in terms of quality of life.
What's the worst suburb of San Diego? Escondido ranks as the worst suburb of San Diego for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Diego that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around San Diego too.
Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.
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The 10 Worst San Diego Suburbs To Live For 2021
We'll get the ball rolling with Escondido, the absolute worst place to live around San Diego according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Escondido beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 5th worst in the San Diego area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Escondido.
You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
2. Spring Valley
Determining The Worst Suburbs Around San Diego for 2021
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school drop outs
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of San Diego.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around San Diego.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near San Diego." We're lookin' at you, Escondido. You can download the data here.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.
The areas around San Diego where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021
Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding San Diego with Escondido casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around San Diego aren't all bad. Del Mar takes the cake as the best place to live around San Diego.
- Del Mar
- Solana Beach
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