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

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