Chula Vista, CA, Higher Education and City Facts

Chula Vista, California, a heavily Hispanic city of more than 260,000, is a suburb of San Diego and San Diego County's second-largest city. Within its city limits is Southwestern College, a well-regarded community and technical school, while the greater San Diego area is home to San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego.

Information about Chula Vista

Chula Vista was originally claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1542. Situated close to the Mexican border and near the Pacific Ocean, San Diego County is regarded as having some of the most spectacular natural scenery on the Pacific Coast. Chula Vista is a part of the San Diego metropolitan area, a sprawling metropolis of nearly 3 million residents. The population of Chula Vista itself was estimated at 260,988 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, making it San Diego's largest suburb and the county's second-largest municipality. At more than 58% of the population, residents of Hispanic or Latino descent are the majority.

Chula Vista offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing, at Otay Valley Regional Park and the Chula Vista Marina and RV Park. Its Len Moore Skate Park features ramps and rails suitable for street and competitive skaters alike. Those who are more inclined to watch physical activities than participate in them can see athletes train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Other attractions include the Living Coast Discovery Center, with various ecological and geological exhibits, as well as the Sleep Train Amphitheatre and OnStage Playhouse.

Higher Education

The largest institution of higher learning in Chula Vista is Southwestern College, a two-year community and technical college geared toward preparing students for entry into the state of California's public university systems. Metropolitan San Diego hosts the University of California at San Diego, one of the nation's top research universities and perennially among the top-ranked undergraduate educational institutions. San Diego State University, one of California's oldest public universities, is also located in the metropolitan area and is recognized as being a major research center in its own right.

Economy and Employment

Chula Vista's economy is inextricably tied to that of the greater San Diego metropolitan area. Top employers in San Diego County include 32nd Street Naval Station, General Dynamics, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and San Diego Naval Medical Center. UTC Aerospace Systems, an aircraft manufacturing company, is a major company based out of Chula Vista. Per 2012 census data, retail trade employed about 11,200 people in the city. Health care and social assistance employed about 9,100 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 6,200 people.

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