San Diego is tied for first in number of coffee shops per capita. (Above: Better Buzz in Hillcrest).
San Diego is the fifth best large American city to live in, according to WalletHub, the statistical aggregator that applied 52 metrics to the largest 62 cities.
The top four, in order, are Seattle, Virginia Beach, Austin, and San Francisco. Immediately behind San Diego are Honolulu, Portland (Oregon), San Jose, Colorado Springs, and New York City. The five worst are St. Louis, Baltimore, Cleveland, Memphis and Detroit.
San Diego comes in first in quality of the public school system — a ranking that might surprise some locals. San Diego is 51st among the 62 cities in affordability — no surprise there. It’s fourth in both quality of life and education and health. Where San Diego ranks in other metrics: income growth 28th, job opportunities 34th, accessibility to public transportation 32nd, walkability 25th, and parkland as a percent of city area 4th. San Diego has the 4th lowest crime rate and is tied for first in number of coffee shops per capita.