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SD is Fifth-Best Big City for Livability

Carrie Rossenfeld Residential & Mixed Use

San Diego ranks as the fifth-best U.S. big city in which to live, according to an annual report from WalletHub.

WalletHub evaluated the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 56 key metrics of livability. The data set ranges from quality of public school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

According to the survey, with 1 equaling best and 31 equaling average, San Diego ranked 28th in income growth, first in the quality of the public-school system, 34th in job opportunities, 32nd in access to public transportation, 25th in walkability, fourth in parkland (as a percentage of city area), and sixth in violent-crime rate.

San Diego was the only Southern California big city to rank in the top 10; San Francisco (fourth) and San Jose (eighth) were the only other big cities in the state to rank in the top 10.

WalletHub’s top-10 big cities in which to live are:

1. Seattle
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
3. Austin
4. San Francisco
5. San Diego
6. Honolulu
7. Portland, Oregon
8. San Jose
9. Colorado Springs
10. New York