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Moving in San Diego

MI-BOX Moving San Diego, California

Moving doesn't have to be stressful. Relax. MI-BOX Moving in San Diego has convenient and cost effective moving solutions.

Storage in San Diego

MI-BOX Storage San Diego, California

Storage in San Diego for residential and commercial uses is delivered right to your door. MI-BOX Storage has you covered.


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Level loading and unloading protects your valuables. MI-BOX's patented delivery system takes moving and storage to a new level.

Moving in San Diego, California​

MI-BOX Moving & Mobile Storage in San Diego is not like any other moving company. MI-BOX makes moving simple by giving you more time. Our portable moving containers are delivered by our patented Level Lift System and sit outside your home or place of business at ground level for easy 24/7 access. Load anything you want to move into our mobile moving containers. Use MI-BOX to stage your home, clear clutter, and sell faster and for more money. Once the unit is full, just call us and we'll move it to your new home in San Diego or anywhere in the San Diego area or we'll store it for you in our climate-controlled warehouse. Loading and unloading once, saves you time, energy and money. MI-BOX Moving is locally owned and operated, so you're guaranteed the best prices and service available in the San Diego. Call now and get Moving with MI-BOX.

Moving Services in San Diego

Our goal is simple. We want to take the stress out of moving. Traditional moving methods are simply becoming outdated. Why cram what should be a few weeks of work into a day? Call MI-BOX Moving in San Diego for a better way to move. We specialize in residential and commercial moving. MI-BOX will bring your choice of a 8', 16' or 20' mobile moving container right to you. Our containers fit in a standard parking space, so they're great for apartments, condos, single family homes or commercial job sites. Load or unload them at your leisure. You rent by the month, so forget the pressure of working under unreasonable moving deadlines. MI-BOX Moving has helped thousands of people move in San Diego and surrounding areas. See our moving tips for helpful suggestions.

Planning is the key to any successful move. It always takes longer than you think, so get started today!

Call MI-BOX Moving in San Diego. (858) 779-2600

Movers in San Diego

Before choosing a local mover in San Diego, you'll want to ask a few questions. One of the most important questions will always be, “How much will my move cost?”

Traditional moving companies in San Diego can only provide you with a moving estimate until everything is on their truck, because they are required to charge by weight. Not with MI-BOX Moving. Instead, our pricing is determined by the size of the container and the distance we need to travel. MI-BOX Moving will give you one guaranteed price on our moving services. Simply tell us when you would like a moving container delivered and we'll deliver it and place it where it's most convenient for you. Our goal is to make your next move simple and hassle-free. So get moving today. Call now.

MI-BOX Moving San Diego, California

Storage In San Diego, California​

Storage in San Diego is easy with MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving. We deliver each mobile storage unit right to your home or business. Keep the storage unit on site or we can pick it up and store it for you at our safe, secure storage location in San Diego, California. 

Convenient Storage in San Diego. MI-BOX storage containers are delivered to you - there's no need to even leave home. Say goodbye to renting moving trucks or U-hauls. No need to call friends to help. No more back and forth trips to a public storage unit.  You deserve a more convenient storage option.  With MI-BOX Storage in San Diego, you can take your time. Your storage units are right outside your door. We do all the driving. There's no need to rent a truck or make multiple trips to a self storage facility nearby. 

Save Time & Money on Self Storage in San Diego. Storage locations in San Diego require renting a moving truck, driving back and forth to their facility, unloading and reloading until your mini storage unit is full. Then, when you need access to your stored belongings, you have to repeat this frustrating and time-consuming process. Not with MI-BOX Storage. We deliver and pick up each storage unit.  Load your MI-Box on your own time. MI-BOX storage units rent by the month, so you can take as much time as you need. Loading and unloading only once will save you time, money, and hassle.

Great Self Storage Service. MI-BOX Storage in San Diego is locally owned and operated. Nobody will try harder to give you the best possible storage experience. Our business depends on it. So if you're looking for unparalleled service and convenient storage near me, then get great prices and service from MI-BOX Storage in San Diego.

San Diego Portable Storage

Other portable storage companies in San Diego require you to rent a moving truck, drive back and forth to the facility, unloading and reloading your items until your mini storage unit is full. Then, when you need access to your stored belongings, you have repeat the process all over again. Not with MI-BOX Storage. We do all the driving. MI-BOX storage containers in San Diego rent by the month so you can fill them at a pace that's best for you. Loading and unloading only once will save you time and money.

San Diego Business Storage

MI-BOX works with commercial businesses every day to remedy their short-term or long-term storage needs. Seasonal or permanent, we have something for you. With the price of real estate in San Diego, this is a great way to add square footage. We understand business moves quickly and time is money, so MI-BOX goes the extra mile in San Diego. We are locally owned and operated, so we understand the importance of delivering fast, dependable service. You can count on MI-BOX for the most reliable storage solutions for business storage needs.

Portable Storage Near Me

MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving delivers our secure portable storage units to San Diego, California​ and all surrounding areas. MI-BOX has storage locations throughout the San Diego area. To find the most convenient storage location near you, please click find a storage location near me.

MI-BOX Portable Storage San Diego, California​

MI-BOX Moving & Storage Containers 

MI-BOX Moving and Storage containers in San Diego, California are strong, sturdy and weather resistant. They're designed for convenience and protection. Our mobile storage containers are constructed using composite technology, a high density polyethylene plastic core bonded between two high strength steel skins. Composite wall panels provide strength and durability to ensure you are protected. All framing is structural grade steel that is hot dipped galvanized to prevent rust. Each container has a full-width, lockable door. Only you will have the key. A one-piece roof is designed to shelter everything inside and keep it safe from the elements. MI-BOX moving and storage containers are the longest-lasting mobile storage containers available. They're built to keep your valuables safe and secure. Use the most trusted brand in the industry to protect your worldly possessions. Use MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving Containers in San Diego.

Moving and Storage Sizes

MI-BOX portable storage containers come in three convenient sizes so you only rent the space you actually need. We are proud to offer 8', 16', and 20' moving and storage containers.

Our 8' self-storage unit is great for small jobs, dorm rooms, seasonal items, inventory, or when you just need a little extra storage space.

The 16' storage units are our most popular size and can fit the contents of 3-4 rooms, a basement, or bulky items such as patio furniture, sofas, or dining room sets. 

Our 20' storage containers are perfect for on-site jobs like remodeling or restoration projects, household moves or site-to-site business moving. The 20' storage containers are often used by first responders when dealing with emergencies.

Moving and Storage Units

MI-BOX brand moving and storage units are built to last a lifetime. Only quality products are used in the manufacturing process to ensure your items will be secure. Tested from coast to coast in the US and Canada, MI-BOX has been designing and building quality mobile storage containers since 2004. They protect against sun-fade, radiant heat, snow, and ice. Use the most trusted portable storage brand in the industry to ensure your belongings are kept safe. Rent MI-BOX Moving and Storage units in San Diego.

MI-BOX Mobile Storage Containers in San Diego

San Diego Moving, Storage, and So Much More

MI-BOX Moving & Mobile Storage containers are great for so many things! It's more than just moving - rely on MI-BOX for all of your mobile storage needs. Short-term or long-term, personal or professional, MI-BOX of San Diego is here for you. Perhaps you're working on the restoration or remodeling of your home, a business in need of extra space for inventory, or facing a daunting organization project. We can help! Look to MI-BOX in San Diego for the flexible, portable storage you need.

Disaster Restoration in San Diego

Disaster can strike your home at any moment, with little or no warning, leaving it unprotected. Whether it be fire, storm or flood, MI-BOX is here to help. We can provide secure, on-site storage for your belongings, while the professionals focus on restoring your home.

Garage Makeovers in San Diego

Let us deliver a secure, weather resistant 8', 16' or 20' mobile storage container right to your home. Load it at a short distance and lock it up when you're away. Your tools, bicycles, and lawn equipment won't hinder you throughout the project, and will remain nearby, safe and easily accessible to you.

Remodeling Projects in San Diego

Use a MI-BOX portable storage unit to store your belongings during remodeling projects. Focus on flooring and painting, without squeezing past furniture or moving your items from room-to-room. Don't allow dust to seep into your upholstery. Look to MI-BOX for your remodeling solutions.

San Diego Storage by MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving

MI-BOX Self-Storage San Diego

Self-Storage San Diego, California
Security - MI-BOX self-storage units ensure your belongings' safety
Timeliness - On-time delivery, reliably bringing self-storage to you
Flexibility - Load your containers at your own pace, with no time limits
Convenience - Keep your items right outside your home or business
Accessibility - FREE access to your containers in our warehouse
Save Time - Eliminate multiple trips to-and-from self-storage lockers
Save Money - Guaranteed rates, forget gas or truck rental charges

Self Storage San Diego Fun Facts

The self storage industry is highly fragmented, with 18% being owed by the six largest companies, 9 % owned by the next top 100 and 73% owned by small operators.

There is about 1.7 billion sq. ft. of rent-able self storage space in the US. Enough for every man, woman and child in the US to stand under.

No Call Centers - Talk to a Local Expert

MI-BOX Mobile Storage locations are locally owned and operated. We don't use call centers, ever.  You will always talk directly to a real, live, local professional  in your area. Providing cost effective solutions, understanding our customers needs and delivering exceptional service is what sets us apart. Experience the MI-BOX difference by calling MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving in San Diego today. 

Storage that is Safe and Secure

MI-BOX has been manufacturing our own self-storage containers since 2004. Weather resistant and tough, our mobile containers have been tested from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada for years to ensure the safety of your valuables. With quality portable containers and the most trusted brand name in the storage industry, look to MI-BOX San Diego to meet your storage needs. 

​Protect your Belongings from Damage

MI-BOX Moving & Mobile Storage in San Diego uses our patented Level Lift System that gently places each storage unit in more places with greater ease than any other container storage company. Your storage container and contents are kept level at all times, protecting them from damage. MI-BOX uses the longest lasting, most durable storage containers available, ensuring your valuables are protected.

Get the Service you Deserve

MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving dealers are owned and operated by hard working families in your area. All dealers use MI-BOX containers and our patented Level Lift System to ensure a quality experience every time. You're guaranteed to get the best possible prices and service from people who want to earn your business. Experience the difference - rent your next storage container from MI-BOX.

Store On-Site at Your location

Storage containers delivered to your door
Convenient mobile storage access 24/7
Secure storage - lockable roll up doors
Weather resistant portable storage
Great for remodeling projects
Organizing garages and seasonal items
Temporary storage at your business
Staging your home for sale
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Compare MI-BOX to PODS® in San Diego

With MI-BOX, you’re guaranteed to get the best possible service and prices for all your moving and storage needs. But don’t take our word for it - go to the sites of PODS®, U-Haul®, and our other mobile storage competitors and compare them for yourself. Consider our secure containers, patented delivery system, guaranteed prices, and the flexibility MI-BOX delivers. Think about it. No loading ramps, no trucks to rent, no time restraints. We know you have options, so we're constantly striving to make MI-BOX in San Diego, California​ the best choice for all your moving and storage needs. If you have any questions, please call and talk to us directly. MI-BOX Moving & Storage in San Diego, California is locally owned and operated. You'll always talk directly to our highly trained operations manager who is here to help.


Some customers use the term "pod" referring to any portable storage container because PODS® popularized the concept of portable storage.  However, PODS® and "pod" are registered trademarks of PODS Enterprises, Inc, which MI-BOX is not affiliated with.  The generic terms used in the storage industry are either "mobile storage containers" or "portable storage containers," but don't worry - we'll know what you mean.

PODS® is a registered trademark for PODS Enterprises, Inc and U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. MI-BOX® not sponsored by, or affiliated with, any of these competitors.


MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving in San Diego, California is locally owned and operated. From your first call or online quote, you'll experience the difference personalized service makes. With one point of contact, you'll always be on top of things. You'll get convenient moving and storage solutions, on-time delivery and more choices in San Diego at the best prices.

MI-BOX® offers 8', 16' and 20' moving and storage containers.  PODS®  does not have 20' units. Compare MI-BOX® to PODS® today.

MI-BOX vs PODS® San Diego, California​

MI-BOX® Level Lift System

MI-BOX Mobile Storage & Moving in San Diego delivers portable storage containers using our patented Level Lift System. There is no tilting required. We maintain a level load while loading, unloading or transporting to ensure stored goods do not shift. The Level Lift System also enables us to have the smallest footprint possible and a low clearance height. We can deliver on any surface. Unpaved, inclined or declined surfaces, snow or rain are no problem for the MI-BOX Level Lift System. It gently sets each portable storage container precisely where you'd like it and picks it up without ever leaving a trace. It's the most efficient and convenient container delivery system available.

Moving and Storage Delivered

Only MI-BOX dealers use our patented, industry exclusive Level Lift System. With it, we can do what the others can't. MI-BOX delivers containers to more places than any other mobile storage competitor. It's safe, easy and it's designed to protect your contents inside. Rest easy knowing your items are stored exactly how you packed them. 

The MI-BOX Level Lift System is in a class of its own. It allows for faster deliveries which keeps you and your move on time. It only takes about 5 minutes to drop off or pick up a mobile storage container. Our drivers operate the system with a watchful eye via remote control, resulting in more reliable deliveries.

See for yourself how the MI-BOX Level Lift System works.

MI-BOX Moving Guide to San Diego, California​

Moving to San Diego, California​

San Diego, also known as “America’s Finest City,” lies 120 miles (120 km) south of Los Angeles in the State of California. With a whopping 70 miles of beautiful coastline along the Pacific Ocean, and bordering Mexico to the south, the city is a cultural hub with spectacular geography and sunny skies almost all year round. San Diego has more than a hundred recognized neighborhoods housing a diverse population of 1.4 million residents, making it an extremely liveable city.

Whether or not you’re moving to San Diego for the perfect weather, here you’ll find authentic Caribbean cuisine, a vibrant arts scene, tons of craft beer breweries, and some of the best white-sand beaches to surf on. Is moving to San Diego worth it? Here’s everything you need to know.

San Diego History​

Among the few cool things to know before moving to San Diego is the county’s rich history. Historically, San Diego has been home to the Kumeyaay people. It was the very first site visited by European travelers on the whole of the West Coast. After landing at the present-day San Diego bay for the first time, European explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed it as the Spanish Empire’s ‘San Miguel’ in 1542. The area was christened with its current name —San Diego, after Catholic ‘Saint Didacus’ —  60 years later in 1602 by Sebastián Vizcaíno. The county area belonged to Mexico from 1821 through 1848, after which it was officially handed to the United States through the ‘Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,’ marking the end of the U.S-Mexico War.

Anyone visiting or moving to San Diego should learn that the creation of California statehood began here in 1850 which is where the county got its historical name as the ‘birthplace of California.’ Around this time, the area was better integrated with the introduction of railroads in 1878, with the southern portion of Point Loma being relegated to military purposes. Fast forward to World War II where San Diego grew to become a major hub for US military and defense operations. It was after the Cold War during the economic downturn when San Diego began diversifying its economy by prioritizing research as well as tourism.

The city grew to become “the tuna capital of the world” by the 1970s. While the last of the canneries closed in the 1980s, the influence of fishing fleets can still be felt in neighborhoods like Little Italy and Point Loma. The 1980s was also the time where San Diego movers and settlers began reconstructing the area with the goal of urban revival. Major tourist spots like Horton Plaza, the San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, and Petco Park were a direct result of this revival. Today, those moving to San Diego find a bustling multicultural metropolis with a myriad of activities for young adventurers.

San Diego​ Geography

Covering around 4,300 square miles, the city is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut, with 70-mile stretches of white sand beaches along the Pacific Ocean. It is flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the West, Riverside, and Orange Counties to the North, Imperial County to the East, and Mexico to the South. San Diego has a diverse blend of rural and urban communities, that live along the coastal beachfront, hilly mountains, and deserts.

Of the 58 counties in the state of California, San Diego is second-most populous. However, in San Diego, storage, as well as living space, is not a problem. The city remains sprawling and uncrowded, offering ample opportunities to buy or rent property when moving to San Diego. Although the city is quite modernized with tall skyscrapers, much of San Diego’s land area is still considered rural with agriculture and agro-businesses being an important part of the city’s economy.

The border’s significance is another one of the cool things to know before moving to San Diego. Since they share an international border, San Diego and Tijuana are grouped as a common international metropolitan area. Visitors and residents in this southern area enjoy colorful neighborhoods, exotic beachfront resorts with luxury spas and golf courses, multicultural festivals, and vibrant nightlife.

San Diego​ Climate

Like many, you could easily justify moving to San Diego for its incredible weather. The city offers an all-year-round moderate climate of warm, dry summers with mild winters. The annual temperature is an average of a pleasant 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which varies by the area you live in. In general, if you are moving to San Diego’s inland area (off the coast), you’ll experience much warmer days and cooler nights.

Precipitation is restricted to just 42 days between December and March with a total of 10–15 inches of rainfall per year. Being a coastal city, the humidity levels grow somewhat high at (over 70%) at some points in the year. You can easily combat this by stowing away a dehumidifier in a mobile storage container to use as and when you see fit. Aside from the humidity levels, the classic San Diego sky is sunny with a few scattered clouds and a light breeze. What’s more, the beaches boast some of the best surfing breaks during the mornings and gorgeous sunsets in the evenings.

San Diego​ Demographics & Population

With urban areas extending beyond the administrative limits, San Diego has a total population of almost 3 million of whom 1.4 million residents remain under the city’s administration. This makes San Diego the third-largest urban area in the state, right after Los Angeles and San Francisco. Moving to San Diego alone might feel daunting for young millennials. But the fact is that millennials, those aged between 18 and 34, constitute roughly 27% of San Diego’s population, with just 11% of San Diego residents aged over 65 years. As of 2018, the median age of San Diegans was 35.4 years.

If you’re moving to San Diego with kids, don’t feel disheartened by the young demographic. Roughly half of a million residents in San Diego are households with 44.6% of the population living together as married couples. With the 7th highest percentage of gay US residents as of 2013, moving to San Diego to discover your community is also possible as it is among the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the US.

Housing over 50 different nationalities, San Diego is truly multicultural. Most San Diego movers are not surprised to learn that nearly 25% of the population is Hispanic or ‘Mexican American,’ with residents spanning African American and Southeast Asian ethnicities. While English is the most common language, around two-thirds of the residents speak Spanish, in addition to native Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian). Other languages with sizable presence are Hmong, French, Thai, Swahili, German, Portuguese, Hindi, Laotian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

San Diego​ Neighborhoods

San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods to reside in are University City, Mira Mesa, Carmel Valley, Pacific Beach, and East Village. However, beyond the bustle of these urban neighborhoods and lull of laid-back coastal towns, San Diego offers close-knit suburban communities, desert oases, and quiet pockets of wilderness just waiting to be seen. These can be explored in Mission Valley and Old Town, East County, and North County’s Inland areas.

In East County, you will find rolling hills, deep canyons, and sparkling lakes to satisfy your wanderlust. But don’t let the hush-hush of its California’s wilderness fool you. In East County, you will also find sizzling casinos, Las Vegas-style resorts, stunning golf courses built into the topography, and plenty of rodeos for your entertainment. In North County, you will find countless opportunities to hike in the form of trails on San Diego’s Palomar Mountain. You can spend a cozy afternoon at the local wineries in North County, or golf at one of the 40 different courses carved into the mountains, making for an exceptional outdoor experience.

In sharp contrast to the abounding nature of East and North County, Mission Valley and Old Town are convenient places to call home for those newly moving to San Diego. This locale is minutes away from the airport and conveniently located right in the center of the county. Not only do you find affordable housing and storage solutions, but San Diego’s Mission Valley and Old Town are also full of immersive art galleries and theatres. This neighborhood is within a 15-minute drive from SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, and the Downtown Gaslamp District, making it an ideal spot to live in.

San Diego Culture, Food & Hotspots​

Moving to San Diego means surrounding yourself with endless entertainment opportunities scattered throughout the city. Enjoy your afternoons strolling the cobblestone streets of the city’s Little Italy, a chic downtown neighborhood known for its indie music hubs, upscale boutiques, and quaint piazzas. Here you’ll find craft beer in the spotlight at establishments like BottleCraft Beer Shop and Ballast Point. When it comes to nightlife, the hotspots to visit are the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Pacific Beach, and Downtown San Diego.

Tourists love to explore the history of San Diego in its cultural heart —  the famous Balboa Park —  offering double the acreage of New York’s Central Park, with more than 50 museums including the unique open-aired San Diego zoo. Artistic expression is seen as ‘Trolley dancing,’ a famous contemporary dance style with its heart in San Diego. A rather underappreciated tourist spot is San Diego’s ‘Writerz Blok’ whose establishment was driven by the goal to reduce delinquent vandalism in the city which has since evolved into a thriving program for urban artists.

Visit the area to find explosive street art in the form of murals, screen printing, graffiti, as well as discovering educational opportunities for artists to hone their skills. San Diego is also famous for hosting the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers who relocated back to Los Angeles in 2017. Baseball fans moving to San Diego will rejoice to hear that the city is home to the San Diego Padres  — a Major League Baseball team — that plays at the city’s Petco Park.

Moving to San Diego is going to immerse you into the world of Caribbean cuisine which finds authentic expression in San Diego’s classic jerk chicken, goat curry, and fried fish.  Mexican cuisine is just as -if not more- abundant in the form of streetside fish tacos, California burritos, Carne Asada fries, enchiladas, and ceviche. Seafood-oriented South Asian cuisines like Korean, Chinese, and Japanese also earn their spot under San Diego’s diverse street food. In contrast to the modern and experimental breweries, famous vineyards like San Pasqual Valley, Julian, and Rancho Bernardo offer local wines rooted in tradition.

San Diego Lifestyle & Transportation

Now that we’ve covered the diverse neighborhoods and ample space for living and storage in San Diego, how do people get around the city? San Diego is a more auto-dependent city than other US cities, with just 6.6% of households not owning any vehicles as of 2016. However, public transport is also popular here with the most common mode in San Diego being the bus. Plenty of lines interconnect the city, but as a new San Diego mover, you should be mindful about planning your routes well in advance by checking bus schedules. For residents, using the bus or calling an Uber is common.

For those visiting temporarily, exploring San Diego by car is the fastest way to get around and sightsee all the corners of its region. San Diego’s freeway system is quite easy to navigate through the numerous road signs or Google Maps and has manageable amounts of traffic. As with any city, the traffic increases during evening rush hours and morning work hours. You also have the option to rent a car from the Rental Car Center at San Diego’s International Airport which offers visitors a safe, reliable, comfortable way to move around the city. This rental service offers a range of national and local car companies as well as independent businesses, all of which are conveniently available in one spot.

If you are moving to San Diego’s downtown area or just visiting the city, hop on the bright red San Diego trolley for the perfect tour of the city. The trolley will leisurely cover key locations like San Diego Convention Center, Santa Fe Depot, Old Town, and Mission Valley. Trains help you travel beyond San Diego to places like Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and the north Pacific Coast. For tourists or those looking to casually explore the downtown area, Pedicabs or cycle rickshaws are a popular choice.

San Diego Living Costs & Education

According to Best Places, San Diego has a cost of living score of 160 compared to the US average of 100. For those moving to San Diego with kids,  Economic Policy has stated that an annual salary of $97,000 can comfortably support a family of four. Alternatively, for those moving to San Diego alone, one-bedroom homes in San Diego average out at a monthly rent of $1621; $250 higher than the state average  For a two-bedroom apartment, rent averages at $2046, and $2946 for a three-bedroom. The median price of a home is $645,300 in San Diego, which varies by area with downtown San Diego being on the costlier side.

New tenants in the process of house-hunting can make use of mobile storage containers in San Diego for additional space to keep household essentials. You can conveniently have storage units delivered to your doorstep and combine differently sized storage units to get the space you need. These make for convenient self-storage options in San Diego while you transition to a new residence.

Living costs per month for basic utilities in San Diego are around $200 according to Numbeo, which does not include one’s rent. Hence, the utilities include things like electricity, garbage, water, internet, HVAC, and gas. The median household income of the average San Diegan is $75,456, which includes those living alone, as well as those with families.

One of the top things to know before moving to San Diego is that it was rated as the safest large city to live in 2017 by the FBI. The rate of crime was a meager 3.7 for every 1000 San Diego residents. Regardless, the neighborhoods with the highest safety rank of A+ are Del Mar Mesa, Via de la Valle, San Pasqual Valley, and La Jolla. The most unsafe areas seem to be tourist hubs like Old Town, Mountain View, Emerald Hills, and National City. But even in these areas, the safety rating averages at a B+, making San Diego a fairly safe city.

For the school year of 2020, 768 public schools served 504,039 students in San Diego. It is also known to offer one of the most competitive colleges — the University of California: San Diego (UCSD)—in the country. UCSD has been ranked among the top the most LGBTQ friendly universities in the nation. It is known for its research-intensive medical programs, with most students flocking to Economics, Computer Engineering, Psychology, and Mathematics programs.

San Diego Economy

Moving to San Diego is incomplete without learning about the largest industries fueling its economy. Currently, these are defense and military, international trade, tourism, and research. In 2014, San Diego was rated by Forbes as the best city to launch a startup or small business, with the rate of unemployment as low as 3.40% in 2018 which was significantly lower than the state average. Qualcomm was founded and currently remains headquartered in San Diego, and remains the largest private-sector technology employer in San Diego County.

For tech junkies moving to San Diego, the city is quickly becoming one of the largest technology hubs in the US. Both LG Electronics and Nokia have their headquarters in this city. The growth of San Diego’s technology sector is hugely impacting its real estate activity. In fact, in 2018, the total office leasing in the city was driven by its flourishing technology sector, which was superseded by the life sciences industry. Beyond the upcoming industries, there is a range of jobs one could choose from in San Diego.

The highest-paying jobs are from industries like utilities which is the business of providing basic amenities like sewage services, water, dams, and electricity to consumers. This industry offers a median salary of $86,187 per year in San Diego, which is much higher than the national average of $78,871. Management of businesses is also among the highest paying careers in San Diego which comes in second at a median salary of $73,000 per year. The lowest paying careers which make for good additional income streams are Accommodations and Food Services at $18,547 per year as well as Agro-businesses (Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting, and Fishing) coming in at $21,957 per year.

San Diego movers who choose to live towards the south of the county should know that the US government also authorized San Diego to operate as a foreign trading zone. The city currently hosts the busiest international border in the world. The 15-mile San Diego-Tijuana border enables imports and exports that are an important driver of the county’s huge GDP. Tourism is another key factor in San Diego’s economy owing to its climate, beaches, beautiful attractions, and festivals like Comic-Con, the Street Scene Music Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, and Pride.

In 2012 alone, there were 32 million visitors in San Diego who spent an estimated $8 billion locally. It’s no surprise that the tourism sector employs around 160,000 residents, and includes everything from organizing tour rides to hosting people. When it comes to handicrafts, San Diego’s local businesses can be found sprawled across Hillcrest Market. They are known to create everything under the sun spanning gourmet chocolate and craft beer to surf wax.

Making the Move to San Diego​

So is moving to San Diego worth it? Without a doubt. The city offers diverse cuisines, breathtaking topography, lucrative career opportunities, and surfable waves, so what’s not to love? Get your move on with our mobile storage containers perfect for self-storage while you transition to your new lifestyle. San Diego awaits you.