Raising Kids in San Diego

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.

East County’s Mt. Helix Cross, photo by Kathleen Coates Hedberg

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 may not have fire flies like the East Coast, but we do have other amazing things buzzing around us here in East County.

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.

We are 20 minutes away from “country” fun at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch and Summers Past Farm. We are only an hour away from Lake Cuyamaca and Julian’s apple and pear orchards.

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.

Mallory and her school friends losing the 3-legged race but enjoying the school picnic at the foot of the beautiful El Cajon Mountain in East County’s El Monte Park.

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!


2 thoughts on “Raising Kids in San Diego

  1. Moms Guide says:

    Hi Katherine. The freebies and deals listed in this story (http://www.momsguidetosandiego.com/2013/11/free-is-not-the-best-value-in-san-diego/) are still relevant. Enjoy!

  2. katherine says:

    do you have a list of free things to do in San Diego for the year 2014?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *