Chula Vista, CA, is a diverse and pulsating city overflowing with activities, events and excitement. As a growing urban center, it has been attracting a lot of recognition recently as an enviable place to live. From its rising happiness levels to environmental accolades, Chula is fast becoming competition for San Diego as the place to live in SoCal.
Chula Vista is a safe and happy city.
Chula Vista was named the 10th safest city in the U.S. by Law Street, moving up a few spots from previous years. It joins fellow Californian cities – San Clarita, Fremont and Irvine – in the top 10.
Another reason to smile comes from personal-finance website WalletHub that ranked Chula Vista as the 11th Happiest city in the United States, closely behind San Diego at number 7. Not a bad position to be in out of 150 of the largest U.S. cities. Chula scored highly on its overall well-being, community, employment and environmental scores.
Chula Vista has Gold Ribbon Schools.
Choosing a school for you kids can be difficult, but the Chula Vista Elementary School District offers award-winning education for your child and has Gold Ribbons to prove it. Several schools were acknowledged for their innovative programs and facilities in 2017 including two schools that will service Escaya kids – Ranch Del Rey middle school and Otay Ranch High School.
Chula Vista is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
The city of Chula Vista was awarded NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat status in 2015 thanks to the efforts of the Hilltop Child Development Center. To become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat, a garden must supply water, provide food and create cover for local wildlife plus offer animals a safe place to raise their young. This is just one example of the city’s commitment to improving and maintaining the natural environment.
Chula Vista is big on sustainability.
There are canyons, parks, trails, mountains and coastlines spanning more than 50 square miles, making it one of the most diverse landscapes in the country. Because of this, the city continues to work on sustainability strategies for the land and community. The U.S. EPA took notice of this and recognized the city for its leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Chula Vista is a bicycle-friendly community.
Did you know that Chula has more than 120 miles of bike trails and paths? It’s an easy and cost-effective way to explore the different areas of the city and it’s better for the planet. Our top pick – take the bike lane on Olympic Parkway all the way East to Lower Otay Reserve for a picnic. More information can be found in our Bikes and Trails guide.