These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Diego For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in San Diego that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in San Diego.
Worst Neighborhoods In San Diego

San Diego’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in San Diego.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in San Diego. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which San Diego neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which San Diego hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the San Diego area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Del Mar Heights ranks way above the rest.

We examined 85 of San Diego’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to San Diego’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in San Diego according to data:

  1. San Ysidro
  2. Palm City
  3. Memorial
  4. Mount Hope
  5. Oak Park
  6. Midtown District
  7. Mission Valley
  8. Kearny Mesa
  9. East Village
  10. Mountain View

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in San Diego for 2019? According to the most recent census data, San Ysidro looks to be the worst neighborhood in San Diego.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of San Diego.

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How we determined the worst San Diego hoods in 2019

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 places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in San Diego:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in San Diego, California for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of San Diego.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around San Diego to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 85 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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6
/10

Population: 28,456
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $252,665 (10th worst)
Median Income: $46,562 (15th worst)
More on San Ysidro:  Data

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8
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Population: 7,132
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $216,300 (8th worst)
Median Income: $56,621 (26th worst)
More on Palm City:  Data

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7
/10

Population: 14,637
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $299,864 (20th worst)
Median Income: $30,176 (1st worst)
More on Memorial:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 8,997
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $288,200 (18th worst)
Median Income: $37,060 (10th worst)
More on Mount Hope:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 9,873
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $244,475 (9th worst)
Median Income: $50,064 (19th worst)
More on Oak Park:  Data

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7
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Population: 10,962
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 27)
Median Home Value: $274,430 (15th worst)
Median Income: $53,556 (23rd worst)
More on Midtown District:  Data

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8
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Population: 7,490
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 28)
Median Home Value: $279,720 (16th worst)
Median Income: $74,473 (57th worst)
More on Mission Valley:  Data

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6
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Population: 3,664
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 34)
Median Home Value: $328,900 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $79,000 (60th worst)
More on Kearny Mesa:  Data

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8
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Population: 13,053
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $370,033 (40th worst)
Median Income: $59,134 (33rd worst)
More on East Village:  Data

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8
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Population: 12,582
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $198,900 (6th worst)
Median Income: $30,582 (2nd worst)
More on Mountain View:  Data

The ‘hoods around San Diego that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in San Diego with San Ysidro landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Diego aren’t all bad. Del Mar Heights takes the cake as the best place to live in San Diego.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 San Ysidro 28,456 $252,665 $46,562
2 Palm City 7,132 $216,300 $56,621
3 Memorial 14,637 $299,864 $30,176
4 Mount Hope 8,997 $288,200 $37,060
5 Oak Park 9,873 $244,475 $50,064
6 Midtown District 10,962 $274,430 $53,556
7 Mission Valley 7,490 $279,720 $74,473
8 Kearny Mesa 3,664 $328,900 $79,000
9 East Village 13,053 $370,033 $59,134
10 Mountain View 12,582 $198,900 $30,582
11 Horton Plaza 659 $442,800 $40,484
12 City Heights East 38,743 $156,600 $32,300
13 Nestor 16,126 $181,400 $57,292
14 Lincoln Park 5,717 $325,633 $31,797
15 Gaslamp Quarter 1,083 $189,600 $46,313
16 Valencia Park 6,293 $303,550 $53,292
17 Emerald Hills 7,735 $321,520 $53,032
18 Southcrest 9,681 $256,967 $39,730
19 Bario Logan 10,422 $194,600 $30,625
20 City Heights West 31,588 $256,556 $36,560
21 Mission Bay 62,292 $383,500 $65,071
22 Tijuana River Valley 3,380 $584,700 $60,506
23 Cortez Hill 2,825 $205,400 $33,282
24 Encanto 15,111 $329,310 $61,759
25 Normal Heights 15,186 $353,318 $52,797
26 El Cerritos 6,157 $313,775 $54,388
27 Egger Highlands 9,877 $264,320 $47,002
28 Grantville 14,104 $304,923 $67,889
29 Core 3,770 $96,950 $33,240
30 Webster 10,383 $309,071 $57,071
31 Rolando 8,526 $400,450 $48,682
32 Balboa Park 11,904 $382,159 $63,344
33 Sky Line 10,572 $301,957 $58,462
34 Grant Hill 12,403 $309,392 $35,511
35 Bird Land 5,136 $358,240 $72,367
36 Moreno Mission 9,691 $362,560 $58,425
37 Jomacha-Lomita 8,868 $304,180 $63,285
38 Chollas View 9,025 $257,280 $43,595
39 College Area 21,712 $432,218 $58,577
40 Allied Gardens 8,906 $294,836 $72,258
41 Talmadge 9,733 $371,944 $55,951
42 Midtown 19,847 $462,358 $69,895
43 Serra Mesa 29,095 $358,640 $71,467
44 Paradise Hills 23,426 $284,980 $61,827
45 Linda Vista 24,344 $384,435 $58,325
46 North Hills 43,221 $440,667 $63,468
47 Kensington 6,412 $551,271 $82,283
48 Gateway 2,657 $345,800 $66,000
49 Darnall 9,347 $312,383 $61,064
50 Columbia 1,641 $440,800 $82,797
51 Park West 5,168 $604,117 $48,800
52 West University Heights 9,608 $469,970 $66,574
53 Old Town 11,380 $513,255 $82,190
54 Bay Ho 12,154 $542,400 $76,991
55 Little Italy 3,171 $429,400 $68,278
56 North Clairemont 15,282 $472,486 $67,023
57 Torrey Pines 2,072 $869,850 $107,456
58 Mira Mesa 71,228 $401,867 $92,480
59 Alta Vista 9,210 $339,814 $80,027
60 Loma Portal 22,946 $537,748 $70,881
61 Bay Terrace 22,838 $310,253 $73,018
62 Ocean Beach 11,549 $671,220 $80,033
63 Sorrento Valley 9,484 $424,675 $101,333
64 Del Cerro 6,238 $576,086 $90,103
65 Tierrasanta 20,893 $420,812 $92,814
66 Marina 4,435 $527,383 $81,068
67 Clairemont Mesa 38,765 $447,570 $70,301
68 Pacific Beach 31,770 $612,228 $84,251
69 Bay Park 16,187 $561,693 $72,934
70 South Park 4,717 $513,357 $70,529
71 Lake Murray 20,476 $448,128 $78,711
72 University City 50,132 $496,437 $79,076
73 Roseville 6,705 $737,410 $97,826
74 San Carlos 14,460 $542,578 $98,573
75 La Jolla Village 6,108 $385,857 $68,178
76 Rancho Bernadino 44,185 $553,456 $95,093
77 Rancho Penasquitos 63,341 $602,482 $119,880
78 Wooded Area 7,369 $751,067 $109,591
79 Sabre Springs 14,559 $551,371 $112,046
80 Scripps Ranch 36,364 $619,742 $115,865
81 Carmel Valley 39,559 $800,133 $146,086
82 Carmel Mountain 9,581 $548,400 $109,735
83 La Jolla 29,356 $1,326,057 $124,573
84 North City 12,743 $1,111,200 $146,445
85 Del Mar Heights 6,860 $1,102,320 $125,086

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