The Job Market in San Diego

The Job Market in San Diego

Today on Off the 56, I’ll be talking all about what the job market is like in San Diego. If you’re making the move to San Diego and need help finding a home in the right neighborhood, contact me anytime!

Top Industries in San Diego

If you didn’t know already, San Diego’s top industry is the Military. The United States Navy is the largest employer in San Diego County. Other top industries in San Diego include tourism, international trade, and research and manufacturing.

Top Employers in San Diego

As for top employers in San Diego, UCSD comes in second behind the U.S. Navy with around 38,000 employees. UCSD is followed by Sharp Healthcare, the County of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District. and Scripps Healthcare. Other large employers to mention include Qualcomm, Intuit, and Kaiser Permanente.

Highest Paying Jobs in San Diego

If you’re curious about what the highest paying jobs in San Diego are you might be surprised! The highest paying job in San Diego is an Obstetrician, making just over $255,000 a year. Chief Executives are also at the top of the pay scale in San Diego, earning around $205,000 a year. A Natural Science Manager earns around $170,000 a year. Another high-paid and popular profession in San Diego is a Dentist, earning around $168,000 annually. Other well-paid jobs in San Diego include Marketing Managers and Lawyers.

Jobs Most Likely to Grow Over the Next 5 Years in San Diego

Engineers, Physician’s Assistants, and Physical Therapists all have growing demand here in San Diego County. If you work in these industries, you might want to keep an eye on the job market here over the next several years!

Top Entry Level Jobs in San Diego

For top entry-level jobs, Data Scientists made the list as well Engineers, Product Designers, and UX Designers.

Tech Moving to San Diego

There have been many rumors of major tech companies moving to San Diego! In fact, Apple is looking for their second office here and currently has over 119 job openings for engineer and designers. Click here for more information on jobs with Apple. Amazon also plans to hire an additional 200 workers at its San Diego Tech Hub. And they’re not just searching for delivery drivers! Click here for a current list of positions available at Amazon. If you’re interested in working in tech, definitely keep an eye on new offices opening in San Diego County.

That’s my overview of the job market in San Diego! Obviously, there are many more job opportunities and busy industries here that you may be interested in, so always keep an eye out for new and exciting opportunities. San Diego has great restaurants, breweries, and entertainment across the county like LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo!

I hope you enjoyed my blog and video about what the San Diego job market is like! Be sure to check back every week for more new videos and as always, if you’re moving to San Diego, reach out to me anytime.

Five Reasons I Moved to San Diego

Five Reasons I Moved to San Diego

Welcome back to Off the 56! Today I’ll be talking about the top 5 reasons why my family and I moved to San Diego. But first, I’ll give you a little background about myself and how I made it to Southern California.

I grew up in South Philadelphia and went to Penn State University. After graduating in 2004, I moved to Los Angeles to kickstart my career and ended up living there for about 10 years. I worked in the entertainment industry during my time in LA, but eventually became burnt out from the long hours. I decided it was time for a change and decided to get my real estate license. After getting married in 2010 and having our first child in 2014, my wife and I decided it was time to buy a home. But after looking at real estate in Los Angeles, we quickly noticed we would not be getting the home we had in mind with our budget. After some debating, we realized San Diego was the city for us and we bought a home in the same neighborhood as my wife’s sister! Here we are in 2020 and we are still loving living in San Diego!

Now that I’ve got you caught up, check out my top 5 reasons we made the move and are still living in sunny San Diego:

Family-Friendly San Diego Neighborhoods

San Diego has some great family-friendly communities, especially in North County! Many of the neighborhoods in North County San Diego are newer and offer playgrounds for children, block parties, and other annual community events. There is also plenty of open space and parks in North County. Where we live in Rancho Peñasquitos, there is a beautiful 22-mile canyon behind us, which is great for exploring with the whole family.

Great San Diego Schools

I have mentioned this before on my channel, but I’ll say it again: San Diego has awesome schools! In fact, North County San Diego is home to some of the best school districts in the state of California! Some of these school districts include Poway Unified School District, Carlsbad Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, and San Dieguito Union High School District. If you’re searching for a great school district for your family, San Diego has it!

San Diego is More Affordable Than Los Angeles

Although San Diego is not “cheap”, it is more affordable than other Southern California cities. Los Angeles is 8% more expensive than San Diego! In San Diego, you’ll likely get more for your money when it comes to real estate. The job market and opportunities may not be as big in San Diego, but every year our job market is increasing due to people leaving big cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles in search of more affordable living.

Beautiful San Diego Beaches

This one might be more a personal preference, but it is much easier to get to the beach in San Diego! The parking is exponentially better here than in Los Angeles, making it easier and more enjoyable to pop by the beach to watch the sunset or go for a quick walk. Who doesn’t love that?

Plenty of Things to Do in San Diego

This one ties back to my first point, but it’s an important one! San Diego is such a family-friendly city! There are plenty of activities to do with your kids like visiting LEGOLAND, the Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the Safari Park. Disneyland is only a 90-minute drive away and San Diego is also driving distance to Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Lake, and many other unique towns to explore.

Excellent Quality of Life in San Diego

San Diego can be expensive, but I personally think it is worth every penny! My wife and I both work to accommodate our life here, but we have had great experiences living here in San Diego for the last 7 years and wouldn’t change a thing!

I hope you found today’s video helpful. If you have any questions or would like to see me do a video on a certain topic, please reach out! And if you’re looking for someone to assist you through buying or selling a home in San Diego, you know who to call.

Questions About Living in San Diego

Questions About Living in San Diego

Today on Off The 56, we’re going to be answering some questions we’ve gotten on our YouTube channel! And if you haven’t checked out our videos, click here to check it out!

  1. How much do you need to make to live in San Diego?

This is a great question! To live comfortably, $50,000/ year would be a great place to start. However, this all depends on where you want to live and how many people are in your household.

2. Do you need air conditioning in San Diego?

Air conditioning isn’t a must-have in San Diego! San Diego actually has four micro-climates: coastal, inland valleys, mountains, and desert. So, if you live by the coast, you likely won’t miss air conditioning. However, if you live inland, you will appreciate your AC during the summer months.

3. Do you need a car in San Diego?

We agree that you do need a car in San Diego! Unless you live and work in downtown, you will need a car to get around as our public transportation system isn’t robust.

4. How is the traffic?

Since San Diego is such a freeway-centric city, there is some traffic. However, it’s not nearly as bad as other major cities like Los Angeles or Boston. We have the normal morning and evening rush hour with people going to school and work, but the rest of the day is not too bad.

5. Are the people in San Diego friendly?

Yes! We’ve both had great experiences with the people in San Diego. We definitely think the people here are friendlier than in some others places we’ve lived.

6. I’ve heard that San Diego has some of the best beer and best healthy food? Is that true?

We would definitely agree with this! San Diego has a great craft beer scene! People here especially love their IPAs. In general, there are many wonderful breweries and beer gardens located all over the county for you to enjoy. San Diego also has some great healthy food options.

7. Can you do a video about the job market and how it compares with other places in the nation?

We’re planning on doing a video on this topic next. Stay tuned!

8. Thoughts on San Marcos vs. Oceanside?

Oceanside is one of the most affordable beach communities in all of San Diego! San Marcos is the more family-friendly of the two, with many award-winning schools. It’s also still fairly affordable.

9. Do you have a video for single people living close to the beach on a budget?

Living by the beach on a budget can be tough, but if you keep your eyes open you may be able to find an affordable place in Pacific Beach or Oceanside, like we mentioned. We’re planning on making a video on this topic in the future also.

10. Can you make a video on ‘the train’ you’re referring to? Where does it go and how much does it cost?

The train we’re usually referring to is either the Coaster or the Surfliner. Both trains travel from San Diego to San Luis Obispo with stops along the way in Orange County and Los Angeles. For more information and current pricing, click here.

11. Which of these is better for a family of three: La Jolla Village or Carmel Valley?

Both of these neighborhoods are great! In our opinion, Carmel Valley is probably the more family-friendly area. It’s centrally located and has great parks and activities for the whole family. La Jolla Village is close to UCSD so while you do have families living there, you also have a much younger demographic of students and working professionals. If you’re working at or near UCSD, commuting from Carmel Valley is not bad.

12. Why do you guys look so alike?

Yes, this was an actual question! We’re not related, so we don’t know how to answer that. Just coincidence.

13. What do you guys do for a living?

We work in real estate and help people buy and sell homes in San Diego! If you are in need of a Realtor in San Diego, reach out to us!

14. Why compare San Diego to San Francisco?

We did this video because we have a lot of people moving down to San Diego from the Bay Area and thought it would be helpful! The cost of living is comparable (San Diego is one of the most expensive metropolitan areas in California) which is why we chose to feature San Francisco vs. San Diego on our channel.

15. I am moving to San Diego in 3 weeks and I’m beyond excited!! Thank you for the great videos and tips!

This is not a question, but we wanted to show some positivity! Thank you for the comment Griffin!

16. We would love to see a video with tips from moving to San Diego from out of state!

We’ve touched on this in previous videos, but we will be sure to make a video specifically about moving from out of state soon! Also, if you are moving here from out of state, reach out to us to get a free copy of our San Diego relocation guide!

17. You guys need to stop looking at each other while speaking to the audience.

Thanks for the comment! We’ll work on this, but we do genuinely like each other and enjoy our conversations!

18. The cost of living in San Diego video was useless and didn’t breakdown anything.

Well, thanks for watching! We appreciate the feedback.

19. How are the bugs? No one mentions bugs!

Bugs aren’t a big deal in San Diego. There are your typical small spiders, flies, and ants, but nothing you can’t handle. You can easily leave your doors and windows open at home with no problems!

20. Courtney, will you please adopt me?

We thought this would just be a fun question to end on! Thanks for the laugh!

Thanks for stopping by! Remember, if you are thinking of making the move to San Diego, contact us anytime!

Walkable Neighborhoods in San Diego

Walkable Neighborhoods in San Diego

Want to learn more about living in San Diego? Then you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re talking about the most walkable neighborhoods in San Diego County.

Downtown San Diego

The first one on my list is an obvious one, it’s downtown San Diego. Downtown San Diego has a work score of 99/ 100 and encompasses several smaller neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Cortez Hill, and Gaslamp Quarter. If you’d like to learn more about living in this area, I’ve covered it all in my Living in Downtown San Diego video tour.

Normal Heights

Normal Heights has lots of great coffee shops, restaurants, and lots of antique shops in its very own Antique Row. This neighborhood is just outside of Downtown San Diego, so you can have the best of city living without being in the thick of it.

Sherman Heights

This area may not be very well known now, but I have a feeling it will be popular soon! Sherman Heights is not the nicest neighborhood in San Diego, but it has been going through a renaissance in the last few years. Keep an eye on this neighborhood if you’re a first-time homebuyer! It’s super close to downtown and Balboa Park so it’s a great option if you’ve been house hunting in these areas.

North Park/ South Park

North Park and South Park are both metropolitan neighborhoods that are just outside of downtown San Diego. Both areas are very walkable with great restaurants, tasting rooms, and local boutiques that are a must-visit if you’re in the neighborhood! Some of my favorite spots include Waypoint Public In North Park and Buona Forchetta in South Park!


Hillcrest is located just Northwest of Balboa Park, in a location very central to the city. You’re just minutes to downtown as well as freeway access and beaches. Hillcrest is very walkable and has lots of great coffee shops, bars, unique stores, and of course the famous Farmers Market! This is one of the largest farmer’s markets in San Diego so it’s worth checking out at least once; just make sure you get there early to beat the crowds!

Liberty Station

Liberty Station used to be a naval training base but has recently been renovated into a large multi-use area with an open-air market, beer garden, and event space. Local favorites include Stone Brewery, The Lot Movie Theatre, and in the winter, they have an ice rink, too! This is a great family-friendly area to hang out at year-round and there are many nice neighborhoods surrounding Liberty Station, too.


Coronado is neat place to live or visit! Many San Diegans visit Coronado for day trips and staycations because of its vacation vibe. It is easy to feel like you’ve left San Diego when visiting the Hotel Del Coronado or simply walking around and enjoying the ice cream shops and restaurants.

La Mesa

La Mesa is a very walkable town that strives to stay that way! They have lots of crosswalks, wide sidewalks, and they even regulate new businesses to ensure that they’re all pedestrian-friendly. It’s also only about ten miles out of San Diego


With a walk-score of 86, Oceanside has slowly become a very walkable beach town in San Diego. There are many new developments being built in this area and the neighborhood has continued to grow. This is also one of the more affordable beach communities in San Diego!

Carlsbad Village

As with most North County beach communities, Carlsbad is a very walkable neighborhood. Carlsbad Village has some awesome restaurants, tasting rooms, and shops to explore.


Encinitas is another great beach community in San Diego. Downtown Encinitas has great local restaurants, breweries, and shops to explore and is growing every year!

Solana Beach

Solana Beach is another neighborhood we’ve mentioned before, and for good reason! Solana Beach has a walkable district called the Cedros Avenue Design District, full of unique shops and art galleries. They also have a small farmer’s market every Sunday that is definitely worth a visit!


Escondido is located in the North County Inland area of San Diego County. Although it is a quiet part of the County, Escondido has a historic downtown district that has slowly become more modern and pedestrian friendly over the years. It is a great place to raise a family, with many fun attractions located nearby like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.

Which neighborhood do you want to live in? If you’re thinking of moving to San Diego, give me a call today!

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

Today we’re talking about all of the great neighborhoods in downtown San Diego! Keep reading to check out what each area has to offer and if you’d like to take a look at any available properties, just reach out.

Little Italy

Little Italy is one of my favorite areas in downtown San Diego. This neighborhood has grown over the last few years and has become a very walkable, trendy area with some of the best restaurants in San Diego including Kettner Exchange, Juniper & Ivy, and The Crack Shack,  just to name a few. There are also great breweries, wine tasting rooms, and coffee shops to visit in Little Italy. It’s also home to Waterfront Bar & Grill, which is one of the oldest bars in San Diego! Legend has it that Wyatt Earp himself was a frequent guest at Waterfront Bar & Grill.

Local parks include Amici Park and Waterfront Park, which host concerts and other events throughout the year. Little Italy is a great neighborhood for younger people as there is a good nightlife presence and it is very centrally located in downtown. Forbes Magazine even ranked it one of the best places for Millennials to live in the US!

Columbia District

This area is mostly a commercial district, but in recent years it has expanded to include residential housing and other amenities as well. Savina is one of the new luxury condo buildings in this area that has become popular as the Columbia District continues to grow.

Marina District

The Marina District is home to the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego’s Embarcadero, and Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a large attraction for this area, with fourteen acres of walkable cobblestone streets lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy.

Looking for a great view of the city? Be sure to stop into the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Marina District for a panoramic view of the city! Then visit Café 222, one of my favorite breakfast and brunch spots in the area. It’s a mustptry! And if movie nostalgia is your thing, you’ll want to stop by Kansas City Barbecue, which is where many bar scenes from the movie Top Gun were filmed!

Cortez Hill

Cortez Hill is another great area of downtown San Diego! Mostly residential, it has more of a cozy, neighborhood feel than other areas of downtown. It’s also a very historic area, with beautiful architecture including the St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the California Western School of Law, which has been in Cortez Hill since 1973. Also, because Cortez Hill isn’t in the heart of downtown, parking isn’t as difficult to find in this area.

Core District

This area is home to many government buildings, the San Diego Civic Center, and the Symphony Towers. Keep in mind there is not much, if any, residential space in this area of downtown. On any given day, you’re likely to see lots of business professionals rushing out for lunch during the day and theatre lovers heading to the Civic Center in the evening. Horton Plaza also used to anchor this neighborhood of downtown, but we’ll have to wait for the revitalization work to be done to see what will go up in its place!

Gaslamp Quarter

The Historic Gaslamp Quarter is probably the most popular area of downtown San Diego. This area is frequented by many tourists and is often the place to be on any given weekend. Because of this, there are plans underway to turn the busy 5th Avenue into a pedestrian-only street, making it an even more walkable neighborhood. There are many restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and more to enjoy year-round here. We also host San Diego Comic Con every year, along with other seasonal events that turn Gaslamp into a hub for both visitors and locals alike.

East Village

East Village is another one of my favorite neighborhoods in downtown San Diego! This neighborhood is home to the beautiful Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Since then, the area has grown and expanded because. You can even live in a condo that has a birds-eye view right into the ballpark from your balcony! How cool is that? I would love to own one of these one day.

East Village is also home to some unique restaurants, art galleries, and coffee shops, with more popping up each year. This is a very walkable neighborhood that is great for people of any age or lifestyle!

That concludes my living in Downtown San Diego tour! Which neighborhood would you like to live in? Let me know in the comments below. And thanks for stopping by!

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