The 10 Safest San Diego, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Diego are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in San Diego.
Safest Neighborhoods In San Diego

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in San Diego are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in San Diego. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which San Diego neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in San Diego in 2021? That would be Nestor. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in San Diego.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all San Diego neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around San Diego that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in San Diego.

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How We Determined The Safest San Diego Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in San Diego.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 85 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In San Diego." We're lookin' at you, Nestor.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego For 2021

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Population: 16,126
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15
Property Crime Per 100k: 40
More on Nestor: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 9,877
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44
Property Crime Per 100k: 82
More on Egger Highlands: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 44,185
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 75
Property Crime Per 100k: 780
More on Rancho Bernadino: Homes For Sale | Data

Scripps Ranch San Diego, CA

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Population: 36,364
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 95
Property Crime Per 100k: 575
More on Scripps Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 63,341
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93
Property Crime Per 100k: 738
More on Rancho Penasquitos: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 12,743
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56
Property Crime Per 100k: 906
More on North City: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 39,559
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93
Property Crime Per 100k: 830
More on Carmel Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 20,893
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 90
Property Crime Per 100k: 896
More on Tierrasanta: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 9,210
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181
Property Crime Per 100k: 543
More on Alta Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

Sabre Springs San Diego, CA

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Population: 14,559
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 109
Property Crime Per 100k: 832
More on Sabre Springs: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In San Diego

Looking at the data, you can tell that Nestor is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Diego For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Nestor 35
2 Egger Highlands 126
3 Rancho Bernadino 875
4 Scripps Ranch 630
5 Rancho Penasquitos 821
6 North City 1,002
7 Carmel Valley 933
8 Tierrasanta 1,006
9 Alta Vista 724
10 Sabre Springs 941
11 Wooded Area 1,195
12 San Carlos 1,169
13 Mira Mesa 1,237
14 Roseville 1,286
15 Bay Terrace 1,146
16 Paradise Hills 1,130
17 Bay Ho 1,335
18 La Jolla Village 1,526
19 Del Mar Heights 1,317
20 Lake Murray 1,233
21 South Park 1,550
22 Jomacha-Lomita 1,455
23 University City 1,596
24 Darnall 1,465
25 Clairemont Mesa 1,645
26 Allied Gardens 1,701
27 Sorrento Valley 1,848
28 Sky Line 1,573
29 North Clairemont 1,692
30 Linda Vista 1,859
31 Bay Park 1,899
32 Mission Bay 2,057
33 Chollas View 1,758
34 Bario Logan 1,857
35 La Jolla 2,071
36 Encanto 1,867
37 Gateway 1,983
38 Carmel Mountain 2,148
39 Del Cerro 2,354
40 Grant Hill 1,982
41 Serra Mesa 2,443
42 Valencia Park 2,034
43 Webster 1,909
44 West University Heights 2,628
45 Gaslamp Quarter 2,488
46 Southcrest 2,268
47 Moreno Mission 2,698
48 Tijuana River Valley 2,630
49 Mount Hope 2,493
50 Grantville 2,727
51 Normal Heights 2,794
52 City Heights West 2,555
53 Talmadge 2,852
54 Mountain View 2,453
55 North Hills 2,991
56 Emerald Hills 2,658
57 Loma Portal 2,890
58 Core 3,141
59 City Heights East 2,895
60 Lincoln Park 3,109
61 Oak Park 3,069
62 College Area 3,247
63 Palm City 3,378
64 San Ysidro 3,468
65 El Cerritos 3,268
66 Rolando 3,349
67 Park West 4,036
68 Balboa Park 4,048
69 Torrey Pines 5,052
70 Kensington 4,108
71 Bird Land 3,955
72 Ocean Beach 4,185
73 Pacific Beach 5,182
74 Midtown 4,814
75 Old Town 5,050
76 Memorial 4,704
77 Columbia 8,660
78 Cortez Hill 7,546
79 Horton Plaza 7,326
80 Mission Valley 11,061
81 Little Italy 9,131
82 Marina 11,409
83 Midtown District 11,514
84 Kearny Mesa 14,607
85 East Village 13,668

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About Chris Kolmar

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