Moving from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA

What is so cool about living in San Diego?

San Diego is the second largest city in California, and the eighth largest in the United States. Located on the Mexico-American border, and considered by many to be the birth place of California, the city definitely has a very interesting culture. San Diego is also known for its beautiful year round climate, and expansive beach front on the Golden Coast. In recent years, the city has become a major center for technology and research paving the way for the entire area’s future. 

What exactly makes San Diego a much better place to call home than Seattle?

The following information will show you exactly why moving from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA will be the best decision you have ever made!

The beautiful San Diego climate

Known for its year round mild climate and beautiful weather, San Diego is often considered a perfect place to call home. Summer highs rarely go over the low 80s, and winter lows are normally seen in the mid-40s to lower 50s; much different than the low 30s recorded for Seattle’s winters. The area receives about 10 inches of rainfall annually, which is drastically lower than what is seen in Seattle, offering much more outside time for the entire family! The “Farmer’s Almanac” has ranked San Diego as one of the top 10 best climates on earth, and the Weather Channel has ranked San Diego as one of the best summer climates in America.

The surrounding environment in San Diego

San Diego is also very interesting when you look at the environments surrounding the city itself. There are several tidal marshes and nature preserves that surround the city, with one of the highest counts of endangered plant and animal species found anywhere in the United States. In fact, San Diego is often made an annual pilgrimage for bird watchers due to having one of the highest bird counts during the migration seasons. Overall, when moving from Seattle to San Diego, the environment itself with will be totally different. However, you will definitely not lose the existence of nature in moving from Seattle to San Diego.

Education in San Diego

Overall, the education needs of San Diego are met by several school districts, but the largest is the San Diego Unified School District, which is also the second largest in the state of California. The entire SDUSD operates over 155 schools, and several others exist under the various other school districts that function in San Diego’s suburbs and surrounding cities. A little known fact of San Diego is that it is ranked as the ninth most educated city in the country with at least 40% of the adult population –25 or older—having at least a bachelor’s degree. Because the city of San Diego has a very educated population, you will not lose the fantastic education possibilities seen in Seattle. Because San Diego is so much larger than Seattle, not only are there simply more public education choices offered to students, there is also an enormous amount of private and charter schools that are available.   

The Golden Coast of San Diego     

San Diego was built on land that is full of mesas and canyons. Most buildings have been built on the mesas, with the canyons between them left green and wild. This creates a very low-density city structure, and a large amount of cars. On the coast, there are miles and miles of beautiful sunny beaches, with clear water and big waves. There is also several surf festivals held throughout the summer months on the San Diego beaches. In 2012, the city officially was a travel destination for some 32 million people, once again showing the amazing weather and climate experienced around San Diego. San Diego is immediately adjacent to miles of beaches, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful mesas and canyons in southern California, much unlike the forests, and cold, cloudy beaches found in Seattle.

What is the economy like in San Diego?

The San Diego economy overall has remained largely unaffected by the 2008 recession, and has continued to grow at a surprising rate. While definitely diverse, the economic backbone in the area has historically been the military, tourism, international trade, and in recent years, research and technology. With the naturally deep harbor in San Diego, the US Military has made use of the city as a very important naval base, and a major center for defense. Alongside the military uses for the deep harbor, the cruise ship industry has made use of the city by bringing in an estimated $100 million a year.

With the establishment of University of California, San Diego, and the associated medical center (UCSD Medical Center), San Diego has also become a major center for research, technology, and the information industry. In comparison to Seattle, San Diego has remained surprisingly strong in the wake of the 2008 recession, and has even grown. Seattle, on the other hand, took a large hit, and is still struggling everyday to regain economic stability. Given its size, San Diego has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the US, with an unemployment rate estimated at 5.6%, compared to the national average of 8.7% in December 2013.

Making the move to San Diego

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Welcome to sunny San Diego, CA!

Famous for its beautiful weather, interesting landscape, growing economy, and highly rated education system, San Diego is truly a great place to call home. You could never miss the cold and damp city of Seattle after moving to San Diego. You certainly will love your new home!