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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.

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ImJustABill June 18, 2015 @ 7:48 a.m.

I think San Diego is a great place to live and raise kids - IF you can afford it.

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Don Bauder June 18, 2015 @ 10:12 p.m.

ImJustABill: You have fingered one of the big economic and societal problems of San Diego: the cost of living is far too high, particularly in relation to family income. Housing (both ownership and renting) is the killer. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel June 19, 2015 @ 9:51 a.m.

don bauder When we moved to San Diego almost 40 yrs ago, the cost of living was already to high. If we hadn't had a place to live, I doubt that we could have afforded to make the move.

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Don Bauder June 19, 2015 @ 9:14 p.m.

danfogel: We moved to San Diego 42 years ago and, yes, the cost of living -- particularly the cost of housing -- was a good deal higher than it was where we came from (Cleveland). Best, Don Bauder

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jnojr June 19, 2015 @ 9:01 a.m.

Everyone wants to live at the beach, but there's only so much beach to go around. So yeah, prices will be high. Those who cannot afford to live here should move. Tons of places are far more affordable than San Diego. I don't get the people who stay and whine.

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Don Bauder June 19, 2015 @ 9:16 p.m.

jnojr: Compared with other metro areas, housing costs are higher throughout the county, near and away from the beach. Best, Don Bauder

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