Mylife.com recently posted its list of the 10 best cities to raise children. After considering crime rate, public school ranking, public parks per capita, average family salary and cost of living, San Diego ranked 7th. Irvine beat us, coming in at #3, but you know as well as I do that many of those many families are here right now enjoying our beaches, hiking our mountains, visiting our water parks, zoo and theme parks, hanging out at our museums and wishing they lived in San Diego.
I grew up in Louisiana and spent 10 years in Virginia after college. Both are places that I really enjoyed, but I’m so glad that I am raising my children here in San Diego’s East County. In fact, I’d rank La Mesa above San Diego in the mylife.com poll in a heart beat.
As much as our beautiful weather, I love the friendly people we live near and the hills and valleys and small town feel of our city, La Mesa.
We live about the same distance from Coronado beaches as we do from the snow-capped Mount Laguna.
We are 10 minutes from San Diego’s downtown and some of our favorite “city” activities like visiting the USS Midway, watching the Padres at Petco Park, strolling through Little Italy and visiting Seaport Village.
La Mesa has a number of great schools. Our church school is so awesome that it is now our #1 reason for vowing never to leave until both kids have completed the 8th grade there.
While San Diego does have a high cost of living compared with many major U.S. cities, there are so many free and low cost activities for families to enjoy. Check out this list I came up with last year and notice how close to the East County these wonderful, family-friendly activities are. 🙂
No, I don’t work for the East County board of tourism (is there even one??), but my husband does work for the City of La Mesa, and he thinks it’s one of the best run municipalities around. If you’re considering a move to San Diego County, be sure to visit East County!