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Average Rent in San Diego, CA

Avg. RentAnnual Change
San Diego Studio - $2,261-4%
San Diego 1 Bed - $2,822-1%
San Diego 2 Beds - $3,705-2%

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Local Reviews

We live in a military town, so a lot of our neighbors are retired military which I guess is interesting. I enjoy that we are 25 mins max from most activities

I like going for walks with my family and my dogs and we like to look at the nice big houses in my area. I also like walking around the park areas. We don't really have any local businesses. You have to drive out of the naborhood and little far to go to the stores. And there is no mall near by so we have to go far to get clothes or shoes.

The difference in culture around me. I live near the border which allows me to talk in Spanish more.

Demographics

Education

High School

54%

Associate's

32%

Bachelor's

11%

Master's

3%

Doctorate

1%

Family Size

2 people

28%

3 people

24%

4 people

22%

5 people

14%

6+ people

13%

Household Income

0-50k

46%

50-100k

34%

100-150k

13%

150-200k

5%

200k+

3%

Age

0-10

13%

10-20

15%

20-45

37%

45-65

23%

65+

12%

Affordability

Percentage: 2/52/5

Renters gave this area a 2 out of 5 for affordability

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Rent Trends

Average rent in Southern San Diego, San Diego, CA

In San Diego, CA, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $2,261 to $3,705. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in Southern San Diego, San Diego, CA is $2,261. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $2,822. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $3,705.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

-4%

Changed from $2,355 to $2,261
1 Bed

-1%

Changed from $2,851 to $2,822
2 Beds

-2%

Changed from $3,781 to $3,705

Cost of Living

Compared to State Average

2.9%

Compared to National Average

35.6%

The cost of living in Southern San Diego, San Diego, CA is 2.9% lower than the state average and 35.6% higher than the national average. Southern San Diego, San Diego, CA housing is 115.3% more expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 12.2% more pricey. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 15.1% more in Southern San Diego, San Diego, CA than in the rest of the country.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 4.2% more here compared to the U.S. average.
Cost of Living in Southern San Diego, San Diego, CACompared to State AverageCompared to National Average
Housing
3.8%
115.3%
Utilities
12.8%
12.2%
Food
1.3%
15.1%
Transportation
0.8%
31.1%
Healthcare
7.5%
4.2%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Coronado$2,489-1%
Carlsbad$2,475-34%
Encinitas$2,295-22%
San Diego$2,261-4%
Chula Vista$2,245+5%
La Jolla$2,095-9%
National City$2,025--
Vista$2,022+18%
Oceanside$1,995+11%
Spring Valley$1,895--
La Mesa$1,8600%
Escondido$1,834-2%
Lemon Grove$1,540--
El Cajon$1,500-6%
Santee$1,500-22%
Lakeside$1,485--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Carlsbad$2,955-25%
San Diego$2,822-1%
Oceanside$2,686+10%
Del Mar$2,595--
Vista$2,582+28%
Chula Vista$2,577+2%
National City$2,470+8%
Imperial Beach$2,450+12%
Encinitas$2,448+4%
San Marcos$2,401-3%
Spring Valley$2,299+1%
Poway$2,295-10%
La Mesa$2,240-6%
Santee$2,195+2%
Lemon Grove$2,000-8%
Escondido$1,935-2%
El Cajon$1,825+2%
Lakeside$1,795--
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Coronado$4,062-16%
San Diego$3,705-2%
Chula Vista$3,269+12%
Vista$3,145+13%
San Marcos$3,116+5%
Lemon Grove$2,995+18%
Del Mar$2,995-9%
National City$2,970-2%
Imperial Beach$2,947-4%
Oceanside$2,836-4%
Ramona$2,775--
Poway$2,750-19%
Encinitas$2,710-8%
La Mesa$2,652-8%
Spring Valley$2,624-6%
Santee$2,610+4%
Escondido$2,561-4%
San Ysidro$2,500--
Lakeside$2,250--
El Cajon$2,195-5%

Compare Neighborhoods

City Heights

$1,695

1 Bed Avg. Rent

University Heights

$1,775

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Southeastern San Diego

$1,850

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

For renters in San Diego seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are City Heights, University Heights, and Southeastern San Diego, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $1,695, $1,775, and $1,850 respectively. Additional areas offering value are Mid-City and Normal Heights, where the rents are $1,875 and $1,875, a favorable comparison to San Diego's overall 1-bedroom average of $2,822.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

In San Diego, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are Tierrasanta, Bird Rock, and Carmel Valley. A 1-bedroom apartment in Tierrasanta averages at $5,104, in Bird Rock it averages $3,495, and in Carmel Valley, the average is $3,139. For additional high-end living options, Mission Valley offers 1-bedroom apartments at $3,078, and Park West at $3,050. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $2,822 for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

In San Diego, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include City Heights, South Park, and Mid-City. In City Heights, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1,695. South Park sees average rents of $2,175 for a 1-bedroom unit. Mid-City offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $1,875. For those seeking other popular areas, Normal Heights presents 1-bedroom apartments at $1,875, and Hillcrest at $2,295. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $2,822 for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Hillcrest$2,727+1%
Harborview$2,727--
Rancho Penasquitos$2,629--
North Park$2,607+38%
Western San Diego$2,559+3%
Little Italy$2,450-26%
Uptown$2,431-3%
University City$2,315-11%
Loma Palisades$2,295-13%
Park West$2,295-37%
Point Loma Peninsula$2,195-17%
Point Loma Heights$2,195-17%
Downtown$2,167-3%
Serra Mesa$2,150+8%
Downtown San Diego$2,142-4%
Ocean Beach$2,100--
East Village$2,0510%
Bay Park$1,995--
Northern San Diego$1,905-21%
Gaslamp$1,897+250%
City Heights$1,895--
Mira Mesa$1,850--
Northeastern San Diego$1,850--
Golden Hill$1,800+3%
Mission Hills$1,745--
Carmel Valley$1,700--
Torrey Hills$1,700--
Central San Diego$1,699-11%
Mid-City$1,695-11%
Normal Heights$1,695--
Talmadge$1,595--
Southeastern San Diego$1,4500%
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Bird Rock$3,495--
Carmel Valley$3,1390%
Mission Valley$3,078-2%
Park West$3,050+39%
Northern San Diego$2,987-2%
Western San Diego$2,974+3%
Gaslamp$2,950--
East Village$2,915+5%
Mira Mesa$2,9120%
Torrey Hills$2,910+5%
Kearny Mesa$2,9010%
Downtown$2,884+4%
Downtown San Diego$2,871+2%
North Park$2,835+42%
Eastern San Diego$2,822-6%
University City$2,784-7%
Harborview$2,755-7%
Northeastern San Diego$2,737-4%
Rancho Penasquitos$2,725-7%
Little Italy$2,700-27%
Loma Palisades$2,695-17%
Uptown$2,6860%
Carmel Mountain$2,589-3%
Point Loma Heights$2,580-16%
Mission Hills$2,550--
Bay Park$2,538+14%
Golden Hill$2,495+9%
Serra Mesa$2,425+6%
Point Loma Peninsula$2,417-6%
Bay Ho$2,417-2%
Rancho Bernardo$2,370-13%
Barrio Logan$2,350--
Linda Vista$2,345-9%
Ocean Beach$2,338-5%
Central San Diego$2,2970%
Hillcrest$2,295+13%
Talmadge$2,2950%
Mission Beach$2,250--
Scripps Ranch$2,190--
South Park$2,175--
Mid-City$1,875-18%
Normal Heights$1,875-20%
Southeastern San Diego$1,850-3%
University Heights$1,775--
City Heights$1,695-8%
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Bird Rock$4,395--
Carmel Valley$4,214+3%
Mission Valley$4,163+2%
Northern San Diego$4,090-1%
Eastern San Diego$3,926+7%
Little Italy$3,900-8%
Western San Diego$3,897-7%
Hillcrest$3,895-7%
Kearny Mesa$3,855+8%
University City$3,812-8%
Gaslamp$3,800--
Uptown$3,800-9%
Park West$3,800-42%
Downtown$3,7320%
Downtown San Diego$3,7320%
Mission Beach$3,700--
Torrey Hills$3,618+9%
East Village$3,607-1%
Mira Mesa$3,529-3%
Harborview$3,4930%
Rancho Penasquitos$3,450+8%
Loma Palisades$3,352-14%
University Heights$3,300--
Northeastern San Diego$3,297+2%
Sorrento Valley$3,250--
Rancho Bernardo$3,220+1%
Carmel Mountain$3,1780%
Point Loma Heights$3,171-16%
Linda Vista$3,147+2%
Point Loma Peninsula$3,145-15%
Bay Park$3,026+11%
North Park$2,895-24%
Golden Hill$2,820+13%
Central San Diego$2,820-6%
Serra Mesa$2,750-7%
Ocean Beach$2,723-8%
Bay Ho$2,705-10%
City Heights$2,600-13%
Normal Heights$2,595-26%
South Park$2,595--
Mid-City$2,545-6%
Talmadge$2,395-17%
Mission Hills$2,350-6%
Southeastern San Diego$2,325+6%
Barrio Logan$2,295--

Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

17%

15-30 Mins

39%

30-40 Mins

20%

40-60 Mins

14%

60+ Mins

10%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 6262

Walk Score®

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 3 of 3 renters

Percentage: 5151

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 2 of 3 renters

Percentage: 4747

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

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Need A Car

Yes

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Area Amenities

Top Score

Retail Shops

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

A shopaholic favorite. Southern San Diego San Diego has a lot of style.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. 98% more shops than average
  3. 54% more shops than areas of a similar size

Amusement Parks

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Ride on! Southern San Diego San Diego has a dizzying number of amusement parks.

  1. Few amusement parks per resident
  2. 96% more amusement parks than average
  3. 44% more amusement parks than areas of a similar size

Childcare

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

No need for a tantrum - childcare options abound in Southern San Diego San Diego.

  1. Few daycares per resident
  2. 95% more daycares than average
  3. 19% more daycares than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are looking up, there's supermarkets to be found 'round here.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. 94% more grocery stores than average
  3. 27% more grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Bumper sticker city. This place is good for filling up.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. 98% more gas stations than average
  3. 61% more gas stations than areas of a similar size

Coffee

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not too cold, not too hot. An average town for coffee.

  1. Few coffee shops per resident
  2. 94% more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Nightlife is on the rocks in Southern San Diego San Diego.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. 90% more bars and clubs than average
  3. 65% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There's fresh air to be had here.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. 95% more parks than average
  3. 12% more parks than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cardio is hale and hardy in Southern San Diego San Diego.

  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. 91% more gyms than average
  3. 27% fewer gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Who's an ok boy? Southern San Diego San Diego doesn't deserve many treats.

  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. 90% more pet facilities than average
  3. 46% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Theaters

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Southern San Diego San Diego sits in the middle of the pack for theater.

  1. Few theaters per resident
  2. 91% more theaters than average
  3. 63% fewer theaters than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's just about fine for fine art. An average score.

  1. Few fine art centers per resident
  2. An average number of fine art centers
  3. A standard number of fine art centers compared to areas of a similar size

Hospitals

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Southern San Diego San Diego gets the all clear for hospitals.

  1. Few hospitals per resident
  2. An average number of hospitals
  3. A standard number of hospitals compared to areas of a similar size

Medical Care

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Healthcare in Southern San Diego San Diego doesn't tip the scales.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. 89% more medical facilities than average
  3. Far fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Southern San Diego San Diego serves up a dining scene that's only lukewarm.

  1. Few restaurants per resident
  2. 94% more restaurants than average
  3. 6% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Area Features

Busy Streets

No

Say 3 of 3 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 3 of 3 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

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Area Has Litter

No

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Near Highways

Yes

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Nearby Parks

Yes

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Near Schools

Yes

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Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 3 of 3 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 3 of 3 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 3 of 3 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

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Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 2 of 3 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

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Well Lit

Yes

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Maintained Yards

Yes

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Mostly Newer Buildings

No

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Near Downtown

No

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Nice Views

No

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Area Has Potholes

Yes

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Tree Lined Streets

No

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Schools

Percentage: 4/54/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Southern San Diego San Diego

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Find Apartments in Nearby Cities

City1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
San Diego, CA 11.1 miles$2,822$3,705
Chula Vista, CA 5.1 miles$2,577$3,269
Nestor, CA 0.6 miles------
Imperial Beach, CA 2 miles$2,450$2,947
San Ysidro, CA 2.7 miles---$2,500
National City, CA 7.7 miles$2,470$2,970
La Mesa, CA 14.4 miles$2,240$2,652
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El Cajon, CA 17.3 miles$1,825$2,195
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