Our City counted the number of sex offenders through the Megan’s Law website and compared that with the square miles for each region.
We gave 30 neighborhoods, including Coronado and University City, a 10 for having a low number of sex offenders — less than one per square mile.
The worst region: East Village. It has more than 100 sex offenders in a footprint that is right around one square mile. Downtown San Diego has more than 70 in its slightly larger footprint. It’s not by accident. Sex offenders are not allowed to live near schools and parks and that forces them to move to locations where those amenities aren’t as plentiful. Also, downtown has more affordable housing units than any other part of the county.
But there are parts of downtown, including Little Italy, that have more parks and schools, and fewer sex offenders.
Other regions with high concentrations of sex offenders include North Park, College, Oceanside, City Heights and Barrio Logan. The median neighborhood has two sex offenders per square mile, significantly less than downtown and East Village.