California’s second largest city and the United States’ eighth largest. San Diego boasts a citywide population of nearly 1.3 million residents and more than 3 million residents countywide. Within its borders of 4,200 sq. miles, San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods and communities, including downtown’s historic Gaslamp QuarterLittle ItalyCoronadoLa Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Barrio Logan and Chula Vista just to name a few.

From the surf to the city and everywhere in-between,  and its warm, year-round climate, 50 miles of sun-soaked coastline and world-famous attractions, San Diego is a top tourist destination. But this Southern California metropolis with a laid-back vibe is also home to cutting-edge businesses in life sciences, genomics, biotechnology, telecommunications, Smart City technology, software, electronics and other major innovative industries

Here are some of the Few Key Factors  why San Diego is considered to be One of America’s Finest Cities, a great place to live and work:

  • Rated No. 4 among Top Life Science and Biosciences locations (Jones Lang LaSalle 2015)
  • No. 2 America’s Most Playful Cities
  • Several San Diego County cities are among the top 100 places to live in all of California for 2019 – ChamberOfCommerce.org – These Cities Ranked in the Top 100
    – Poway (No. 19)  — Santee (No. 20)  — Carlsbad (No. 22) — Encinitas (No. 35)  — La Mesa (No. 57) — San Marcos (No. 68)  — Oceanside (No. 75)  — Vista (No. 82)  — Lakeside (No. 88)  — Spring Valley (No. 89)  — Lemon Grove (No. 90) — El Cajon (No. 95)
  • Considered among the healthiest counties in California, 2021 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. – San Diego County was ranked 13th among all 58 counties in California.
  • 14 advanced industries produce $42.1 billion and pay $116,600/year on average (Brookings Institution)
  • Rated No. 1 in concentration of military/defense assets in the world (San Diego Military Advisory Council)
  • Rated No. 2 as the Most Inventive City in the World (Forbes 2013)
  • PDF icon Global connections with direct flights to Tokyo, London and Shanghai (Map attached)
  • No. 1 most-patented Sports and Active lifestyle sector with 1,200-plus companies in the region (San Diego Regional EDC)
  • No. 5 in Best Counties for Young Professionals 
  • Home to University of California San Diego (UCSD), ranked  No. 3 public university in the United States, No. 17 in the world (World University Rankings 2016)
  • Ranked No. 1 for lowest average commute times among peer cities (Talent, Where San Diego Stands, 2016)
  • Selected as one — and the only North American — city named among National Geographic’s “World Smart Cities” (2015)
  • Called “Best Place to Launch a Startup” (Forbes 2014)
  • Had record-breaking 2016, attracting 34.9 million visitors who spent an all-time-high $10.4 billion and supported a tourism sector of 183,000 jobs (San Diego Tourism Authority 2016)
  • 80-plus educational and research institutes in the region
  • Several school districts serve San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District being the second largest in California.
  • 335 private schools throughout the City of San Diego.
  • About 369,878 people in San Diego are enrolled in school, from nursery school to graduate or professional school.
  • 17 percent of San Diegans have a graduate-level or higher degree, while 42.3 percent of San Diegans, older than age 25, have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Almost half (49.9 percent) of San Diegans, older than age 25, have at least an associate’s degree while 87.3 percent of San Diegans, older than 25, have at least a high school diploma.

Here we have provided a  snapshot of each of the San Diego region’s 19 jurisdictions:  Here we have provide demographics on historic, current and forecast population, housing, and employment data… and more!