Renter's Guide to Chula Vista
If you’re looking for fresh air and incredible weather year-round, it's an amazing place to call home. You simply can’t beat the scenery of a place like this. That's not all – Chula Vista was ranked #5 on Livability’s Best Places to Raise a Family.
Speaking of the weather, temperatures in Chula Vista average in the high 60s to high 70s year-round, though wintertime lows can dip into the mid 40s. You can expect 261 sunny days every year, with the city averaging less than 10 inches of rainfall annually.
Chula Vista, CA Demographics
- Total Population257,296
Female 126,400Male 130,896
- Median Age34
Cost of Living in Chula Vista, CA
For the most part, the cost of living here is comparable to nearby San Diego.
Dinner for two costs around $60-$80 at a mid-range restaurant. If you’re enjoying a beer with your meal, expect to pay about $5 for domestic and $7 for imported.
Basic utility services for a 915 square-foot apartment in Chula Vista cost an average of $215/month, which is significantly higher than the nationwide average of $147/month.
Bus and trolley service in the city is provided by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, with monthly passes starting at $72. And because Chula Vista is so close to San Diego, ride sharing is easily accessible through services like Uber and Lyft. 24-hour taxi service is also available.
According to Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the data analytics company INRIX, San Diego was ranked the least congested metropolitan area of over 3 million people – and 43rd overall.
Average Rent in Chula Vista, CA
- Chula Vista, CA Average Rental Price, December 2018$1,655/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,369
- 2 Bedrooms$1,778
Chula Vista, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,00020%
Chula Vista, CA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Dec / 2018||$1,655||$1,196||$1,369||$1,778|
|Jan / 2018||$1,654||$1,196||$1,368||$1,777|
|Sept / 2017||$1,637||$1,272||$1,362||$1,747|
|May / 2017||$1,638||$1,207||$1,346||$1,772|
|Jan / 2017||$1,572||$1,101||$1,305||$1,683|
|Sept / 2016||$1,558||$1,146||$1,300||$1,657|
|May / 2016||$1,540||$1,064||$1,267||$1,639|
|Jan / 2016||$1,493||$1,057||$1,221||$1,598|
|Sept / 2015||$1,466||$1,016||$1,190||$1,574|
|May / 2015||$1,452||$973||$1,184||$1,556|
Average rent is projected to grow by 4% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 9191091911919139191491915
Living in Chula Vista, CA
Chula Vista is Spanish for “beautiful view” – and it certainly lives up to its name!
It's a perfect city for outdoor enthusiasts. San Diego Bay and the nearby mountains create a scenic atmosphere for hikers, joggers, cyclists, or those just wanting to enjoy a picnic under the sun. And speaking of the bay, it's a great place for kayakers and boaters.
If you'd rather just relax or do some shopping, downtown Chula Vista is filled with retailers, restaurants, and entertainment options, from movies to outdoor concerts.
Nearby San Diego is also home to the Padres and Chargers, two premier professional sports teams.
There are a couple downsides to living in Chula Vista though. For one, southern California is susceptible to natural disasters, like earthquakes and wildfires. And the city's proximity to San Diego and the Mexican border means traffic can be a mess at times.
Things to do in Chula Vista
Welcome to the Lemon Capital of the World!
Home to 56 parks, Chula Vista is ideal for those who love being outside. Bayside Park is a beautiful spot nestled near the water and features playground equipment and bike paths. And nothing beats the view of the San Diego Skyline and Coronado Bay Bridge from the park.
The Aquatica is perfect when looking for things to do with kids in Chula Vista. It’s SeaWorld’s Waterpark featuring rides, a wave pool, splash zones and even flamingos and freshwater turtles.
For concerts, you’ll want to check out Sleep Train Amphitheater, which can accommodate up to 20,000 concert goers at once.
The Third Avenue Village is the main downtown district in Chula Vista and has a vibrant scene, with plenty of pedestrian-friendly streets to roam. Besides the specialty stores, restaurants, and businesses, the area also hosts annual events, like the Lemon Festival. Here you'll find live musical acts, vendors, a beer garden, and much more, all in celebration of Chula Vista’s status as the lemon capital of the world.
Avenue Amps and Ales is another festival, held in March and featuring craft breweries and vendors.
San Diego is only a few miles away and is an excellent spot to spend a night out with friends. Areas like the Gaslamp District and Seaport Village are among the most popular destinations. San Diego is also home to the NFL’s Chargers and MLB’s Padres.
Soccer fans can get their fix from the Chula Vista Futbol Club, which made it all the way to the fourth round in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Employment and Economy
Tourism is a major industry in Chula Vista, and many others are employed by the education system. Then there's United Technologies Aerospace Systems, another large private employer focusing on aerospace technology.
Nearby San Diego is home to two more Fortune 500 companies, Qualcomm and Sempra Energy. Overall, San Diego County has over 77,000 businesses with at least one employee.
Chula Vista, CA Households
- Total Number of Households78,066
Family 60,490Non-family 17,576
Children 34,931No Children 43,135
- Average People Per Household3.27
- Median Household Income$65,185
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,618
Education in Chula Vista
Chula Vista has four private colleges, including Southwestern College, a two-year community college offering 320 associate degree and certificate options.
San Diego State University, just 13 miles away, hosts nearly 35,000 students and offers over 300 degree programs. SDSU consistently ranks as the most productive research university among schools with 14 or fewer PhD programs.
Chula Vista, CA Education Statistics
- No High School8%
- Some High School32%
- Some College27%
- Associate Degree9%
- Bachelor Degree17%
- Graduate Degree7%
Tips for Renting in Chula Vista
How can you not want to call this gorgeous city by the sea home? But before signing a lease, let's get you up to speed on a couple local tenant laws.
California doesn't have rent control, but if your landlord wants to raise your rent at the end of a lease, they're required to provide 30 to 60 days notice – depending on the size of the increase.
California law also requires landlords to perform a walk through of the property two weeks before you move out. This ensures that you're aware of any issues and have time to fix them.
Of course, all rental agreements are slightly different, so make sure to read yours thoroughly before signing.
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