San Diego, California – Retirement Guide

San Diego, California   Retirement Guide

It’s perfectly fair to say San Diego boasts some of the best weather in the nation — if not the world. This Southern California gem of 1.3 million residents is graced with an average 146 sunny days per year, and that’s not counting partly sunny days! Temperatures remain blissful: average winter highs in the mid-60s F and average summer highs in the high 70s F. With such a perfect climate and one of California’s prettiest stretches of sand, it’s no surprise that spending quality time on the city’s shores, including Coronado Beach, is a popular pastime for residents both young and retired.

San Diego is also home to a large military presence, including many military bases, the country’s largest complex of Naval bases and the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton. The city remains a popular destination for military retirees.

San Diego offers seemingly endless options for outdoor activities and adventure, including the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and SeaWorld San Diego. The city is surrounded by miles of perfect beaches, as well as canyons, mountains and mesas.

Pros: Spectacular climate, outdoor activities, great cultural attractions
Con: High cost of living

At a Glance:
Best For: Beach lovers
Population: 1,326,179
Cost of Living: 30.5% above national average
Median Home Cost: $370,500
Unemployment: 8.1%
Top State Income Tax: 13.3%
Crime Rate: 25.7% lower than national average

Much of that hilly land has been designated as parks, including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Cleveland National Forest, with plenty of options for hiking, bicycling and bird watching. The abundance of outdoor activities and thus, active residents, is related to San Diego’s low rates of diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

San Diego’s primary downside is its generally high cost of living. Median home prices run over $370,500. Still, the city houses more than 100 neighborhoods, including ultra-exclusives locales like La Jolla, to more affordable destinations for retirees, like East Village.

The city is also home to a world-class teaching hospital, more than 2 dozen colleges and universities, as well as a vibrant dining and culture scene, including many museums, theater, symphonies and opera.

Top Retirement Cities in California:  Eureka Palm Springs | San Diego | San Luis Obispo

Photo by peasap via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.