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San Diego is one of the top 10 American cities for raising a family

Families take refuge in cool ocean waves at La Jolla Shores to escape the high temperatures.  Photo by Chris Stone
Families take refuge in the ocean waves at La Jolla Shores. File photo by Chris Stone

San Diego may have expensive housing, but it’s still one of the ten best U.S. cities to raise a family, according to financial services website WalletHub.

The Miami-based company ranked 182 U.S. cities — including the 150 most populous, plus at least two cities from each state — based on five measures: affordability, education, health care, socioeconomics and opportunities for family fun.

San Diego came in 8th, with education and family fun measures outweighing affordability.

Five of the top ten cities were in California, including top-ranked Fremont, Irvine, San Diego, San Jose and Huntington Beach. Only one city in California’s archrival Texas – Plano – made the top ten. Pembroke Pines was Florida’s top city, ranking #40.

“While not perfect – given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data – our findings will hopefully give movers a better idea of ​​their options,” WalletHub said.

Other San Diego County cities made the expanded list, including Chula Vista at 43 and Oceanside at 70.

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