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Old 03-22-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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I am going to be moving to one of the to cities next year and I would like to know some pros and cons about each city. If you have ever lived in either of these cities and would like to give some input, please do so. I am a 22 year old college graduate and like a mixture of everything. Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Here's my take:

I love San Diego. Is it better? That's really subjective to each individual's needs and wants. I love the water. I may end up there one day, yet the two cities are only between 5-6 hours apart (like LA and Vegas). I've lived in AZ now since late '92 and I enjoy it. Cost may play a determining factor as to why more people live in the Phoenix metro than San Diego metro...not sure.

San Diego, I feel, is an underrated city. Phoenix, on the other hand, grew very fast over the past 10-20 years and its downtown hasn't kept pace until more recently. Phoenix gets a bad rap usually by people who believe it's hot all-year-round (not true), full of retirees (Phoenix is actually the fifth youngest metro in the country), that it is nothing but sprawl (actually its urban footprint is denser than most other large urban areas in the country - check the facts), that you need to drive everywhere (Phoenix has a quite successful fledgling light-rail system with future extensions already planned and is studying commuter rail as a compliment to the light-rail system), and that it's top industry is tourism - wrong! - it's high-tech manufacturing, although tourism comes in second. From a lifestyle aspect, there must be some good reasons why people continue to move and vacation here such as weather, outdoor activities, resorts/spas, shopping (Scottsdale, Phoenix), nightlife (Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix), MLB spring training, proximity to national parks and other resort towns (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tucson), Mexico (beach in Puerto Penasco 3 hours driving time fro PHX), skiing - Flagstaff, live-and-let-live attitude...

The West is fortunate to have both of these cities.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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In my opinion, San Diego is fun to look at (and visit), but Phoenix is home. (And I say that being a former So Cal gal).

If you are looking for beach life, it comes at a higher price. I also find SD a little cold sometimes, as in temperature. The beach cities get so cold and foggy and this desert girl isn't used to that.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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I would Pick Phoenix San Diego is nice but expensive compared to Phoenix
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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I use to live in SD though not in recent years and I was stationed in Chandler a Phx suburb while in the Air Force. I think I would prefer SD as a place to live if I could afford it, but since I can't Phx is a good choice in its place.

I think Phx is growing and growing and as the economy improves so will Phx. Its still an affordable area compared to SD and many other places. It is not hot all year long, summer definitely but after that it gets much more comfortable. Phx is people from all over and they are not all retired people. It is young and old, you name it and you will find it in Phx.

SD is probably the best climate one could find, but as another said the beach areas do get quite cool at times, and damp and foggy. Go inland a little, say to Mission Valley and on into El Cajon and it heats up and fast like 20 degrees or more from the coastal temps.

I think depending on what you can afford and what your likes are either city will do you good. I think though anyone your age that can afford it should try SD, even if its just for a short time and have some fun.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:07 AM
 
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This probably needs to be in city vs. city.

Beyond that, Phoenix is more affordable. San Diego has a higher quality of life. That is why Phoenix is more affordable. Funny how that works out.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:02 AM
 
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I am going to be moving to one of the to cities next year and I would like to know some pros and cons about each city. If you have ever lived in either of these cities and would like to give some input, please do so. I am a 22 year old college graduate and like a mixture of everything. Thanks!
Since you are a college graduate, I would pick San Diego by far. I am from Phoenix, but San Diego was also my favorite vacation place. I would move there today if I could afford it.
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