Our City undertook an extensive study to identify the best neighborhoods for families with small school-age children.
We spoke to homebuyers, real estate agents and community leaders to identify the factors that make a neighborhood family-friendly. We settled on 16 factors and broke them into five main categories: schools, crime and safety, access to youth facilities, moral cleanliness, and health.
We then gathered data for each factor and broke San Diego County into 85 neighborhoods. To create these neighborhoods, we followed historical patterns, zip codes and school boundaries. All data came from public sources, including SANDAG, which provided the most data in its Healthy Communities Atlas.
We then assigned subjective but well-reasoned values to each factor and crunched the numbers. The end result: There are 17 neighborhoods we highly recommend and 10 that we highly do not recommend, including downtown San Diego.
And the top neighborhood in the study, Coronado, stands far above all other neighborhoods.
Here is a list of the 17 highly recommended neighborhoods with their overall score. As you can see, Coronado was far above every other neighborhood. Most of the neighborhoods are in the north, with only Bonita is the south bay.
1-38 Neighborhood Ranking Chart 2014
Ten neighborhoods rank poorly for families and many represent the most urban neighborhoods in the county.
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