San Diego city, California

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San Diego city, California

San Diego city, California
Nickname(s):America's Finest City
Motto(s):Semper Vigilans (Latin for "Ever Vigilant")
Founded:July 16, 1769
Incorporated:March 27, 1850
- Total:1.307.402 (2010)
- Density:4.010,4/sq mi (1.550,9/sq km)
Area code(s):619, 858
Time zone:PST (UTC−8)
Summer Time zone:PDT (UTC−7)
- Total:373 sq mi (966 sq km)
- Land:326 sq mi (843 sq km)
- Water:48 sq mi (123 sq km)
- % water:12,73 %

Quick information summary of the San Diego city area.

San Diego city is located in the state of California. It occupies the area of 373 square miles. 48 square miles are water areas and 326 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the San Diego city lies at +32.8152995, -117.1349930 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 1.307.402 living in the San Diego city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (58.89%), Asian (15.91%) and Some Other Race (12.33%). Median age is 33 for the males and 35 for the females.

San Diego is the second-largest city in California (after Los Angeles) and the ninth-largest city in the United States. In 2010, the city had a population of 1,301,617.

The city is well-known for its pleasant, mild climate, long and beautiful beaches, features that attract many visitors year-round. It is also famous for the extensive military presence, especially the U.S. Navy. Over the last decade, San Diego has emerged as a major national healthcare and biotech hub.

San Diego is located in Southern California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, just next to the Mexican Border. It lies in the Pacific Time Zone. Its residents are called San Diegans.

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Statistical data for the San Diego city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
769,97158.89 %
Black or African American alone
87,9496.73 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
7,6960.59 %
Asian alone
207,94415.91 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
5,9080.45 %
Some Other Race alone
161,24612.33 %
Two or More races
66,6885.10 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) San Diego city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) San Diego city part within the Subdivision
San Diego County 3.095.313- San Diego city part1.307.402
Jamul CCD 18.958- San Diego city part0
Oceanside-Escondido CCD 627.851- San Diego city part180
Ramona CCD 34.870- San Diego city part15
San Diego CCD 2.259.481- San Diego city part1.307.207

Profile of the San Diego city

History of San Diego

The city is considered to be the birthplace of California. In fact, it was the first site on the West Coast visited by Europeans, In 1542. The land was claimed for Spain. In late 18th century, the area of present-day San Diego had a military post (Fort Presidio of San Diego) and a mission (Mission San Diego de Alcala). When Mexico gained independence in 1821, San Diego became part of Alta California, one of the Mexican states. The fort was abandoned but the town itself continued to grow. After the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), Alta California was ceded to the United States. California joined the Union in 1850 and that same year San Diego was incorporated as a city and county seat of San Diego County.

San Diego hosted two world’s fairs in the early 20th century - the Panama-California Exposition and the California Pacific International Exposition. By the 1930, San Diego was home to five large naval installments and it also established itself as an early center of aviation. Naturally, the city was a major military and defense center during the World War II but after the war, especially during the Cold War era, it was clear that its economy needed to be diversified, focusing on science and research and, of course, tourism. San Diego used to be the nation’s center for tuna fishing and tuna canning industry, however the last cannery closed in 1980.

San Diego Geography and Climate

The city is located in Southern California, in close proximity to the Mexican border. It lies in the San Diego Bay, on more than 200 canyons and hills that separate the mesas. Because of this, the city is somewhat segmented and rather hilly. The San Diego Valley runs through the city, dividing it into northern and southern portions. The highest point in San Diego is Cowles Mountain (1,593 ft.).

San Diego has 52 officially recognized areas and more than 100 neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are basically separated by natural geographic boundaries, such as canyons, as well as street patterns.

The climate in San Diego, as mentioned above, is very pleasant, mild and stable. In fact, the city has one of the two best climates in USA according to The Weather Channel and one of the top ten climates according to the Farmer’s Almanac. The climate can be classified as a combination of the Mediterranean and semi-arid climate. Summers are warm and dry, rarely very hot, and winters are mild to cool, also generally dry. Snowfall is very rare and always light.


According to the U.S. Census, in 2010 San Diego had a population of 1,307,402. The racial makeup was 58.9% White, 15.9% Asian (Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Laotian, Cambodian and Thai), 6.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 12.3% some other race and 5.1% biracial, while 28.8% are Hispanic or Latino of any race (24.9% Mexican and 0.6% Puerto Rican.

In 2005, Money magazine rated San Diego the fifth-best place to live in the USA. In 2010, the city was rated by Forbes as the ninth-safest city in the USA.


As for the economy, the largest sectors in San Diego are military and defense, international trade, tourism, research and manufacturing.

San Diego has a large natural deep-water port, which has influenced heavily its economy. The port has the only major submarine yard on the West Coast. The city hosts the largest naval fleet in the world and several large defense contractors (General Atomics, Cubic and NASSCO). It is home to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The institutions of the U.S. Navy in the city include Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. There are also several naval institutions located outside the city limits. The city is considered to be the birthplace of naval aviation.

The second largest economic sector is tourism, which relies on the city’s climate, beaches and other attractions, such as San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Balboa Park, a number of historic sites such as Old Town San Diego National Historic Park and Mission San Diego de Alcala.

The city hosts several major producers of wireless cellular technology, such as Qualcomm, Nokia, LG Electronics, Kyocera International and Novatel Wireless. San Diego is also home to Websense Inc., U.S. headquarters of ESET, as well as research centers and branches of major biotech and pharmaceutical companies such as Neurocrine Biosciences, BD Biosciences, Biogen Idec, Pfizer, Merck, Celgene and others.

Events in San Diego

Major annual events, such as Comic-Con, Farmer’s Insurance Open golf tournament, Street Scene Music Festival, San Diego Pride and San Diego Black Film Festival also attract thousands of visitors each year.

San Diego also has a strong craft brewing scene that attracts craft beer enthusiasts from all over the nation.


Public institutions of higher education in the city include San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and the San Diego Community College District, while private ones include University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Alliant National University, California International Business University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Coleman University and others.


The city is home to the San Diego Chargers (NFL) and San Diego Padres (MLB). The city is unfortunately famous for the so-called “San Diego curse”, which refers to the fact that neither of the major league sports franchises has won their respective championships and also to untimely deaths of several players on San Diego teams.

Statistical data for the San Diego city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
769,97158.89 %
Black or African American alone
87,9496.73 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
7,6960.59 %
Asian alone
207,94415.91 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
5,9080.45 %
Some Other Race alone
161,24612.33 %
Two or More races
66,6885.10 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
931,38271.24 %
Hispanic or Latino
376,02028.76 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
931,38271.24 %
White alone
589,70263.31 %
Black or African American alone
82,4978.86 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,5450.38 %
Asian alone
204,34721.94 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
5,1780.56 %
Some Other Race alone
3,2930.35 %
Two or More races
42,8204.60 %
Hispanic or Latino
376,02028.76 %
White alone
180,26947.94 %
Black or African American alone
5,4521.45 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4,1511.10 %
Asian alone
3,5970.96 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
7300.19 %
Some Other Race alone
157,95342.01 %
Two or More races
23,8686.35 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
285,22159.04 %
Husband-wife family
207,23572.66 %
Other family
77,98627.34 %
Male householder, no wife present
22,78129.21 %
Female householder, no husband present
55,20570.79 %
Nonfamily households
197,87140.96 %
Householder living alone
135,25568.36 %
Householder not living alone
62,61631.64 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the San Diego city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the San Diego city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the San Diego city center


  • Montgomery Field Airport [0.41 mi] [0.66 km]


  • Serra Mesa Branch San Diego Public Library [0.76 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Rural / Metro Ambulance [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]
  • San Diego Fire - Rescue Department Helibase [0.32 mi] [0.51 km]
  • San Diego Fire - Rescue Department Station 28 [0.95 mi] [1.52 km]
  • Pacific Ambulance [1.07 mi] [1.72 km]


  • Mission Valley Community Chapel [2.72 mi] [4.38 km]
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses Clairemont Unit [3.03 mi] [4.87 km]
  • Korean United Methodist Church [3.01 mi] [4.84 km]
  • Eight Church of Christ Scientist [3.81 mi] [6.14 km]
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses [2.98 mi] [4.8 km]
  • San Diego Korean Evangelical Church [3.83 mi] [6.17 km]
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod [3.84 mi] [6.18 km]
  • The Korean Church of Faith [3.84 mi] [6.18 km]
  • Saint Columba Catholic Church [0.77 mi] [1.24 km]
  • Saint Marks United Methodist Church [3.87 mi] [6.23 km]
  • Clairemont Bible Baptist Church [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Mission Village Southern Church [0.74 mi] [1.19 km]
  • Grace Brethren Church [1.45 mi] [2.34 km]
  • Morris Cerullo World Evangelism Church [0.94 mi] [1.52 km]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [1.79 mi] [2.89 km]
  • Salvation House [1.59 mi] [2.56 km]
  • Rock Church [0.59 mi] [0.95 km]
  • Clairemont Covenant Church [2.85 mi] [4.58 km]
  • Assembly of God of San Diego at Clairemont [2.69 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Korean Ban Suk Presbyterian Church [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Pathway Christian Fellowship Church [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Canyon View Church of Christ [3.57 mi] [5.75 km]
  • Church of Christ [3.65 mi] [5.88 km]
  • Clairemont Faith Center [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • Saint Catherine Labourne Catholic Church [2.42 mi] [3.89 km]
  • Seedtime and Harvest Church [0.36 mi] [0.58 km]
  • Balboa Avenue Alliance Church [2.17 mi] [3.5 km]


  • Mission San Diego [3.52 mi] [5.66 km]
  • City of San Diego [0.14 mi] [0.22 km]


  • Interchange 20B [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]
  • Interchange 8 [1.27 mi] [2.04 km]
  • Interchange 20A [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]


  • Sharp Memorial Hospital [1.58 mi] [2.55 km]
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]
  • Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavillion [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]
  • Sharp Vista Pacifica Hospital [1.28 mi] [2.07 km]


  • Serra Mesa Shopping Center [0.99 mi] [1.59 km]
  • Mission Village Shopping Center [0.91 mi] [1.47 km]
  • Magnolia Square Shopping Center [1.55 mi] [2.49 km]
  • Time Square Shopping Center [4.01 mi] [6.46 km]
  • Balboa Mesa Shopping Center [2.52 mi] [4.06 km]


  • Mission Gorge Quarry [3.57 mi] [5.74 km]


  • Kearny Mesa Park [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Kearny Mesa Recreation Center [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • East Clairmont Athletic Area [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Cabrillo Heights Park [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Serra Mesa Recreation Center [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • Clairmont Park [3.78 mi] [6.09 km]
  • Clairmont Park Recreation Center [3.86 mi] [6.21 km]
  • Serra Mesa Park [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • Mount Acadia Park [2.61 mi] [4.2 km]
  • Mount Brundage Park [3.04 mi] [4.9 km]
  • Tecolate Canyon Natural Park [3.57 mi] [5.75 km]
  • Roadrunner Park [1.9 mi] [3.05 km]
  • Lindberg Park [1.6 mi] [2.58 km]

Populated Place

  • Serra Mesa [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]

Post Office

  • Serra Mesa Post Office [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]


  • Kearny Senior High School [1.76 mi] [2.83 km]
  • Digital Media and Design Senior High School [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • International Business Senior High School [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Science Connections and Technology Senior High School [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Stanley E Foster Construction Technology Academy [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Cubberly Elementary School [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]
  • Taft Junior High School [0.98 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Del Sol Academy [3.8 mi] [6.11 km]
  • San Diego Metropolitan Regional and Technical School [1.88 mi] [3.02 km]
  • Whittier School [3.71 mi] [5.96 km]
  • San Diego Mesa College [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]
  • Saint Columbia School [0.75 mi] [1.22 km]
  • Wegeforth Charter School [0.73 mi] [1.17 km]
  • Beale School [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]
  • Angier Elementary School [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • Wegeforth Elementary School [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Hancock Elementary School [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • ITT Technical Institute [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Marston Middle School [3.76 mi] [6.05 km]
  • New Dawn at Riley School [2.56 mi] [4.13 km]
  • Riley Special Education School [2.56 mi] [4.13 km]
  • Riley Elementary School [2.55 mi] [4.11 km]
  • Clairemont Senior High School [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]
  • Holmes Elementary School [3.15 mi] [5.07 km]
  • Ross Elementary School [1.54 mi] [2.47 km]
  • University of Phoenix - Kearny Mesa Campus [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Hale Junior High School [2.63 mi] [4.24 km]
  • Horizon Christian Preschool [2.73 mi] [4.4 km]
  • Horizon School of Evangelism [2.73 mi] [4.4 km]
  • Miller Elementary School [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Miller Charter School [1.61 mi] [2.6 km]
  • Lindberg-Schweitzer School [2.09 mi] [3.36 km]
  • Sunshine School [1.91 mi] [3.08 km]
  • Mount Everest Academy [2.95 mi] [4.74 km]
  • Islamic School of San Diego [1.89 mi] [3.04 km]


  • KSDS-FM (San Diego) [2.15 mi] [3.46 km]


  • Mission Gorge [3.73 mi] [6 km]

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Current weather situation in the San Diego city

City Alias ZIP Codes
CoronadoSan Diego92178, 92118
San DiegoAsw Training Ctr92147
San DiegoMcrd San Diego92140
San DiegoNas Miramar92145
San DiegoNas N Island92135
San DiegoNas North Island92135
San DiegoNaval Amphibious Base92155
San DiegoNaval Hospital92134
San DiegoNaval Station 32nd St92136
San DiegoNaval Supply Ctr92132
San DiegoNestor92153
San DiegoOcean Beach92107
San DiegoPacific Beach92109
San DiegoRancho Bernardo92128
San DiegoSan Diego92165, 92164, 92163, 92162, 92159, 92150, 92161, 92160, 92152, 92153, 92198, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92166, 92167, 92199, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92195, 92196, 92184, 92182, 92179, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92197, 92149, 92101, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92112, 92111, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92123, 92124, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92145, 92147, 92135, 92134, 92129, 92126, 92132, 92131, 92127, 92130, 92128
San DiegoSan Diego County Jail92158
San DiegoSan Diego Gas And Electric92184
San DiegoSan Diego State University92182
San DiegoSan Diego Water Utilities92187
San DiegoSpawars System Center92152
San DiegoV A Hosp92161
San YsidroSan Diego92173, 92143

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