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