San Diego has become an international and cultural mecca, thanks to its 70 miles of beaches, parks, gardens, shopping, exclusive spas, resorts and museums in Balboa Park, known as “The Smithsonian of the West.” Residents have year-round entertainment, ranging from the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers, to theme parks and attractions such as the renowned San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California Resort, and downtown’s happening historic Gaslamp Quarter.
The San Diego Unified School District—the second largest school district in California—encompasses 11 K-8 schools, 107 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 13 atypical and alternative schools, 28 high schools, and 45 charter schools. The most well-known higher education institutions include University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene, and the San Diego Community College District.
Living in San Diego
Surf, sand, and 146 days of sunshine per year on average. These are the main reasons why San Diego has remained one of California’s hottest home destinations. Positioned on the Pacific Coast just 15 miles north of the Mexican border, San Diego was not only the birthplace of California, but has become the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California with about 1,322,553 residents.
Homes types in San Diego range from cozy beach houses and canyon view homes to swanky downtown lofts with city and bay views. Luxury properties extend across the bay to the peninsula of Coronado, as well as up the coast to the seaside communities of La Jolla and Solana Beach. San Diego is 116 miles from Los Angeles.
San Diego was the ninth-safest city in the top 10 list of safest cities in the U.S. in 2010 according to Forbes.
The Weather Channel selected San Diego as one of the nation’s two best summer climates.
San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world.
The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up San Diego include: