San Diego: Serra Mesa

The community of Serra Mesa developed in the years after World War II with military multi-family housing and later single family homes, apartments and support retail. Most of the community and its 8,361 dwelling units had been built by 1970. The community also includes a health-institutional complex anchored by Sharp and Children's Hospitals, and is further characterized by north-south oriented canyons that drain into Mission Valley to the south.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort ascending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 0.3 39 Top
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 74.4% 85 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 14.1 119 Bottom
Vacancy Rates Housing 7.2% 72 Middle
Tree Cover Natural Areas 1.1% 80 Middle
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 20.4 15 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 28.7 58 Middle
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 39.8% 138 Bottom
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 10.3% 19 Top
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 26.2% 123 Bottom
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 76.4% 131 Bottom
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 62.8% 73 Middle
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 8.5% 78 Middle
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 70.7% 31 Top
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 96.4 52 Middle
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 3 12 Top
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.7 73 Middle
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.4% 68 Middle
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 5.2% 60 Middle
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 44.0% 142 Bottom
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 19.1% 32 Top
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 84.6% 45 Top
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics 16.7% 15 Top
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 37.3% 58 Middle
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 55.8% 80 Middle
Commute Mode Share Transportation 12.6% 94 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Business Retention Economic Health 2.1% 37 Top
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Age of Housing Housing 63.8% 101 Bottom
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 92.1% 63 Middle
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 1 67 Middle
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 17.1% 67 Middle