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San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

Rise in renters: +5%

San Diego statistics:
Median income: $59,901
Unemployment: 10.1%
Median house or condo value: $445,500
Median rent: $1,242

The vacancy rate for rental apartments in San Diego went down to 4.6 percent in the last quarter of 2010, from 5.0 percent the previous year, according to data from the property research company Reis. Home prices in the San Diego metro area are expected to rise 3.5% this year, according to a forecast from Real Estate Solutions.

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