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Important Facts and Figures

With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations. San Diego is also a location for cutting-edge businesses for telecommunications, biotechnology, software, electronics, and other major industries. Here's why San Diego is a great place to live and work:

  • The City of San Diego was rated the fifth-best place to live in the United States in by MONEY Magazine in 2006.
  • San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California. Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., is home to 15 museums, numerous art galleries, beautiful gardens, the Tony Award-winning The Globe Theatres and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
  • The city of San Diego lies in the southwest corner of California, 120 miles (193 km) south of the city of Los Angeles and 20 miles (32 km) north of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Elevation ranges from sea level to 1,591 feet.
  • The City's 1.38 million residents make it the eighth largest city in the country and the second largest in California. Yet San Diego has a comfortable, small town atmosphere.
  • The median age of San Diego's population is 35.6, with over one-quarter under the age of 20 and only 11% over 65.
  • 41.3% of San Diego's talented workforce over the age of 25 has at least a bachelor's degree.
  • In December of 2010, there were 696,100 people in the local labor force, with 626,100 employed. The unemployment rate was 10.1%.
  • Median Household Income (in 2009 dollars) is $70,149.
  • The largest industries by number of workers in 2009 were Professional, Scientific, and Technical services; Educational Services, and Health care and Social Assistance.

(Updated March 1, 2011)