San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

Is San Diego’s quality of life improving?

The Quality of Life Dashboard measures and benchmarks 15 environmental and economic trends throughout the region to ensure San Diego County is on a path to greater health, wealth, comfort and a sustainability for current and future generations.

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Quality of Life Snapshot

This year's dashboard shows eight indicators trending in the right direction and five indicators heading in the wrong direction with two remaining neutral. However, answering the question "Is our quality of life improving?" is largely based on the issues that are most important to you. Here are some that stand out.

renewable energy indicator
Although new solar installations and added capacity are in a slump this year, demand for energy storage projects is skyrocketing! Wondering by how much?
air quality indicator
San Diego is renowned for its good air quality, however, our reputation may be in danger with a steady increase in unhealthy air days since 2010. Find out which communities are most affected.
economy jobs indicator
Total jobs related to climate action planning grew 10.9% from 2010 to 2016 with highest job growth in Zero Waste and Energy & Water Efficient Buildings. What other industries are growing?
housing indicator
Hoping your rent won’t go up this year? Not likely with 57% of San Diego renters paying more than 30% of their income on rent and a median single-family home going for $605,000. Why is that important to our quality of life?
vehicle miles traveled indicator
Is it taking longer to get to work in the morning? Commuters continue to experience an increase in hours of delay year over year. Check out more on traffic and vehicle miles traveled.
waste trash indicator
Did you know that San Diego County has the highest landfill waste disposal per capita than other major urban counties in California at over 5 pounds of landfill waste per person daily? However, increasing waste per capita stalled from 2015 to 2016. Check out the latest in waste.
Spotting more electric vehicles in your neighborhood? Countywide, the volume of rebated EVs continues to rise. Compare city totals and learn about programs to increase EVs in communities of concern.
water use indicator
With drought regulations lifted, San Diegans have slightly increased residential water use, however, county municipal and industrial water use decreased slightly. Will water conservation continue to be a way of life? See more water data.