The average rental rate for houses for rent in San Diego is $2,025. According to the US census, 52.7% of all homes are owner occupied with 2.87 people per household. There are approximately 280,000 family households and 194,000 non family households. The national rental average for a 2 bedroom rental is $1,180. San Diego rental rates are 71% higher than the national average but the median household income is only 22% above the national average. This difference makes San Diego an expensive place to live for renters where 35% of the renters income is going towards the monthly rent.
The city is known of being laid back and hard working. In fact, recently is ranked the number 1 city in the US for being the booziest. There are roughly 180 local craft brewers in the city that produced 1.1 million barrels of beer in 2017 which is up from 900,000 in 2016. On average, San Diego households spend $1,112 per year on alcohol.
San Diego provides many opportunities for cultural activities and entertainment. Many popular museums, such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, and the Museum of Photographic Arts are located in Balboa Park. San Diego also has a growing art scene. Kettner Nights at the Art and Design District in Little Italy has art and design exhibitions throughout many retail design stores and galleries on selected Friday nights. The San Diego Symphony at Symphony Towers performs on a regular basis and is directed by Jahja Ling. The San Diego Opera at Civic Center Plaza, directed by Ian Campbell, was ranked by Opera America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States. The San Diego Padres (Major League Baseball) and the San Diego Chargers (National Football League) call San Diego home. And, the annual Buick Invitational tournament on the PGA Tour occurs at the municipally-owned Torrey Pines Golf Course. This was the site of the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship.
With the automobile being the primary means of transportation for over 80% of its residents, San Diego is served by an extensive network of freeways and highways. San Diego is also served by the trolley, bus, Coaster, and Amtrak. Trolley's and buses are operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) The trolley primarily serves downtown and surrounding urban communities, Mission Valley, east county, and coastal south bay. And, San Diego's roadway system provides an extensive network of routes for travel by bicycle. The dry and mild climate of San Diego makes cycling a convenient and pleasant year-round option. San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh International Airport or Lindbergh Field, is the primary commercial airport serving San Diego. It is the busiest single-runway airport in the United States, serving over 18 million passengers every year, and is located on San Diego Bay three miles (4.8 km) from downtown.
According to education rankings released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 40.4 percent of San Diegans ages 25 and older hold bachelor's degrees. The census ranks the city as the ninth most educated city in the United States based on these figures. Public colleges and universities in the city include San Diego State University (SDSU), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the San Diego Community College District, which includes San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College. Private colleges and universities in the city include University of San Diego (USD), Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), Alliant International University (AIU), National University, San Diego Christian College, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Coleman University, University of Redlands School of Business, Design Institute of San Diego (DISD), Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s San Diego campus, New School of Architecture and Design, Pacific Oaks College San Diego Campus, Chapman University's San Diego Campus, The Art Institute of California- San Diego, Southern States University (SSU), and Woodbury University School of Architecture's satellite campus.
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