San Diego: Normal Heights

Normal Heights was named for the San Diego Normal School, a teacher's college that was the forerunner to San Diego State University. A major early influence on the community was Bertram J. Carteri, who arrived in 1926 and began to build single-family bungalows. With the restoration of the trolley line in the early 1920s, Carteri began to build what is now known as the Carteri Center on Adams Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, which has been declared a potential historic district. The most significant structure is the Louis L. Gill designed bungalow court first named El Sueño; now known as Santa Rosa Court.

The Normal Heights community is made up of three neighborhoods, which are Adams North, Adams Park, and Cherokee Park. Adams North is developed as a predominately single-family neighborhood, while Adams Park and Cherokee Park include a broader mix of single-family homes, older apartment courts and large apartment developments.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort ascending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 4.1 6 Top
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 75.2% 78 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 11.7 103 Bottom
Vacancy Rates Housing 3.9% 19 Top
Tree Cover Natural Areas 4.1% 8 Top
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 20.9 20 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 40.2 39 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 -% - Data N/A
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 21.5% 111 Bottom
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 75.2% 137 Bottom
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 59.4% 83 Middle
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 12.9% 105 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 61.4% 61 Middle
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 144.2 8 Top
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 8.7 90 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 1.7 12 Top
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 5.8% 34 Top
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 3.0% 12 Top
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 57.6% 50 Top
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 16.6% 8 Top
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 38.0% 67 Middle
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 71.2% 3 Top
Commute Mode Share Transportation 14.4% 66 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health 3.4% 19 Top
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Age of Housing Housing 82.5% 142 Bottom
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 88.3% 91 Middle
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 2.3 25 Top
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 28.9% 126 Bottom