WalletHub, which compiles statistical data on cities, metro areas, and states, has come out with an inclusive study ranking cities on livability. Cities are ranked on family activities, health and safety, education and child care, affordability, and socioeconomic environment.
San Diego ranks 43rd of 150 cities. Two metrics drag the city down: education and child care, 81st; and affordability, 72. Since affordability keys in on housing expenses and cost of living, San Diego actually gets a break there. Chula Vista is 46th, dragged down by the same factors.
Here are some of the key variables: number of playgrounds, ice rinks,, and skate parks per 100,000 population; air and water quality; number of pediatricians per 100,000 population; percentage of children lacking health insurance; quality of school systems; high school graduation rate; separation and divorce rate; percentage of households receiving food stamps; unemployment rate, and gap between rich and poor.
Overland Park, Kansas, is in first place and Plano, Texas, in second. Detroit; Birmingham, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi, bring up the rear.