San Diego: Kensington Talmadge

Kensington is named for a borough in London, England, and its pioneering subdivision dates back to 1910. Developers designed this unique neighborhood based on its geography and the non-standard layout due to its location on a narrow peninsula isolated on three sides by steep slopes, much of which is dedicated open space. Kensington offers a miniature "Main Street" along Adams Avenue, replete with coffee shops, restaurants, a branch library and the regionally famous Ken Theatre. With stone gateways, ornamental lighting, and curving streets, the neighborhood is a strong candidate for designation as a historical district. Talmadge was established in 1925 by real estate developers Roy and Guy Lichty. It's a special hidden neighborhood, which is the cousin of Kensington and surrounded by beautiful canyons. Today, Talmadge is comprised of a mixture of single-family homes and mid- to large apartment complexes.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort descending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 23.1% 106 Bottom
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 1.7 41 Top
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 86.6% 99 Middle
Age of Housing Housing 88.8% 149 Bottom
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health 1.5% 55 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Commute Mode Share Transportation 12.9% 87 Middle
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 63.6% 20 Top
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 38.1% 68 Middle
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 79.7% 55 Middle
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 18.0% 22 Top
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 56.6% 54 Middle
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 3.0% 12 Top
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.4% 68 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.2 40 Top
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 9.4 101 Bottom
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 109.9 28 Top
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 78.0% 14 Top
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 12.2% 101 Bottom
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 48.4% 106 Bottom
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 82.2% 103 Bottom
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 33.2% 133 Bottom
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 5.9% 12 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 45.6 33 Top
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 20.8 19 Top
Tree Cover Natural Areas 4.4% 5 Top
Vacancy Rates Housing 7.0% 67 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 12.7 110 Bottom
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 73.5% 90 Middle
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 3.2 11 Top