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San Diego's economic and demographic composition is not similar to that of the United States as a whole. A study by WalletHub, a statistical aggregator, concludes that San Diego County is 264th out of 379 metro areas in its resemblance to the national makeup.

The study focuses on economic factors such as household income, percentage below the poverty line, wealth gap, percentage of the population receiving food stamps, and kinds of employment.

Demographic features include percentages of female/male, age, race, and of other relatives in households. Other factors include median housing price and the rent/ownership ratio.

The metro area most like the United States as a whole is Indianapolis; in second place is Cincinnati.

The metro areas least like the nation: Provo-Orem, Utah; the Villages, a Florida retirement community; and McAllen, Texas.

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JustWondering June 16, 2016 @ 10:54 a.m.

I'm not sure how to take this. What I mean is this good or sad news.

Demographically, there is no doubt America is changing; some say it's radical change, others believe it's not too bad and we can assimilate the change.

Economically speaking, we, as a country, are a mess and greed is out-of-control, but socialism is a really bad idea...just look at many of our European neighbors.

Generationally speaking, baby boomers are now into their "senior" years and beginning to shuffle out the door. Typically the next generation is more progressive than its predecessor one or two. While I believe that's true, it seems to me there is a definite aire of entitlement, and not self sufficiency.

So, there is no way California is like Indiana and / or Ohio .... Is that good or bad. I'm just wondering.


Don Bauder June 16, 2016 @ 3:12 p.m.

JustWondering: Yes, the big differences between San Diego and other metro areas are cost of living, particularly housing, and ethnic distribution (a higher percentage of certain groups.) Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder June 16, 2016 @ 3:14 p.m.

Ariold Kolsrud: Agreed. The high cost of living makes San Diego less desirable as a place to live, but it is very desirable in any case. Best, Don Bauder


Founder June 17, 2016 @ 2:51 p.m.

$D is becoming even an more expensive place to live as Big Developers now have the City's elected leaders in their pocket.

Expect to see Big Density become the norm as property values continue to escalate!

Infill housing (under the guise of "affordable housing") will make many more parts of San Diego look like what is being built along the North side of Mission Valley, building after building of 5+ floors of rental/lease housing.


Don Bauder June 17, 2016 @ 4:02 p.m.

Founder: This raises a point: does San Diego really need more real estate development? The industry propagandizes for it, blaming strict zoning laws for a supply/demand imbalance driving up prices, but more willy-nilly building is not desirable. Best, Don Bauder


Flapper June 17, 2016 @ 8:32 p.m.

Development is the biggest Ponzi scheme of all.

For example, we are asked to pay more an more for less and less water. This is so more and more meters will be installed in more and more developments. That means that even without drought, water supply will be shorter and shorter and shor . . .


Don Bauder June 23, 2016 @ 12:33 p.m.

Flapper: The county's insistence that residential development should go forward when the drought is almost certainly not over, and water bills are soaring, defies rationality. It's just another example of how the real estate industry still runs San Diego County. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder June 17, 2016 @ 4:16 p.m.

Larry Githens: Many are keeping an eye on Vu, the county's registrar of voters. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK June 18, 2016 @ 7:46 a.m.

I wonder who in his office got a cut on the commission on all those bogus electronic voting machines that were scrapped ?


Don Bauder June 23, 2016 @ 12:36 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Before considering the local situation, we should look at the state. Apparently, there was massive fraud in the ballot-counting in the Clinton-Sanders race. Did San Diego participate? Good question -- one that will probably go unanswered. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder June 23, 2016 @ 12:39 p.m.

Mike Murphy: Illinois and New Jersey are the two most corrupt states. There are some cities that are more corrupt than San Diego: Chicago, Jersey City, Newark, Detroit to name a few. Best, Don Bauder


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