Retire in San Diego

Best Retirement City - San Diego

See why many believe that San Diego is the best city to retire

For the avid beachgoer who has already visited San Diego, the city needs no introduction. From its picturesque beaches, to its endless display of outdoor and water based activities, San Diego truly embodies the California lifestyle. One of the biggest benefits of living in San Diego is the impressive cultural offerings and amenities of a large city, all with countless beautiful beaches right in your backyard. Why wouldn't everyone retire in San Diego you may ask? The answer: taxes and cost of living. San Diego has one of the highest cost of living ratings of all of the cities we cover, and you won't find much of a break in regards to taxes either. Living in paradise has its price, so it is up to you to decide if the benefits outweigh the costs. San Diego is clearly a very large city, and because of that, it has a great deal of different neighborhoods, all with their own feel. The well-to-do can find themselves in La Jolla, where multi million dollar homes dot the coastline. Those of us who are looking for something a bit more "realistic" can find homes in areas such as Pacific Beach that while beautiful, are a bit less expensive than it's coastline counterparts. Clairemont, San Diego is relatively even more affordable, with Tecolote Canyon National Park, and Marian Bear Memorial Park being some of the area highlights. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in San Diego.

City Highlights

  1. Picture perfect California beaches
  2. Endless outdoor activities
  3. Thriving cultural scene
  4. Top golf city
  5. World famous Mexican food

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Sky high cost of living
  2. Lack of tax friendliness

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 64,058

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Irvine, CA

Population Growth Last 3 Years



San Diego

Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

San Diego International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

San Diego International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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