San Diego, California, City Info and Higher Education

Information about San Diego

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Mexico, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States. This southern Californian metropolis boasted nearly 1.4 million residents, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Together with its suburbs, the city forms a metropolitan area of more than 3.2 million people just south of the greater Los Angeles region.

San Diego has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and recreation. The San Diego Zoo is nationally known as one of the best in the nation, as is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Balboa Park is an urban cultural park featuring 15 museums, numerous art galleries and lush gardens. San Diego's historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter features many restaurants, bars and unique shopping venues. Little Italy is another of downtown's burgeoning neighborhoods. Beyond the central city, San Diego has many parks where visitors can hike, camp, boat, swim and engage in a variety of outdoor activities either on the coast, in the desert or in the mountains that border the city to the east.

Higher Education in San Diego

San Diego residents are highly educated, with more than 42 percent of the city's inhabitants age 25 and over holding at least a bachelor's degree. The city hosts several highly reputable institutions of higher learning, including the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), which was ranked the 39th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other colleges and universities include the private University of San Diego, and National University, a private liberal arts school geared toward nontraditional students.

San Diego Economy

For the period 2010-2014, the median household income in San Diego was $65,753 per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Top industries in the area include communications, tourism, clean technology, software, health care, retail, restaurants, professional and business services, and defense. The Navy, in particular, has traditionally maintained a strong presence in the city; the only significant submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast are located in San Diego, and the San Diego port hosts the world's largest navel fleet.

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