The 10 Cheapest Chula Vista, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Chula Vista are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Chula Vista might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Chula Vista neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Chula Vista are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Chula Vista for 2022? According to the most recent census data, East Lake looks to be the cheaptest Chula Vista neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Chula Vista. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Chula Vista that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Chula Vista.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Chula Vista For 2022

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Population: 5,839
Cost Of Living Index: 131 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.7 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (5th cheapest)
More on East Lake: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 299
Cost Of Living Index: 133 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.4 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.0 (cheapest)
More on Village Center: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 44,040
Cost Of Living Index: 136 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (6th cheapest)
More on Otay Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,476
Cost Of Living Index: 135 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.008 (2nd cheapest)
More on Fenton St: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 8,360
Cost Of Living Index: 144 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.5 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (7th cheapest)
More on Rancho Del Rey: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,615
Cost Of Living Index: 150 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (10th cheapest)
More on Eastlake Vistas: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,332
Cost Of Living Index: 152 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (10th cheapest)
More on Eastlake Trails: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 2,164
Cost Of Living Index: 148 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (11th cheapest)
More on Amphitheater And Water Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 416
Cost Of Living Index: 156 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (14th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (4th cheapest)
More on Yosemite Dr: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,986
Cost Of Living Index: 156 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (14th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (4th cheapest)
More on Eastlake Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Chula Vista Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Chula Vista, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Chula Vista." We're lookin' at you, East Lake.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Chula Vista. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Chula Vista

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Chula Vista where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chula Vista aren't all cheap. Bonita Long Canyon takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Chula Vista.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Chula Vista For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 East Lake 131
2 Village Center 133
3 Otay Ranch 136
4 Fenton St 135
5 Rancho Del Rey 144
6 Eastlake Vistas 150
7 Eastlake Trails 152
8 Amphitheater And Water Park 148
9 Yosemite Dr 156
10 Eastlake Woods 156
11 Estlake Greens 155
12 Rolling Hills Ranch 172
13 Paseo Ranchoero 152
14 Southwest 122
15 Lynwood Hills 151
16 Northwest 128
17 Sunbow 151
18 Bella Lago 184
19 Terra Nova 164
20 Bonita Long Canyon 171

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Chula Vista.

About Chris Kolmar

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