San Diego

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.

California Economy

1. In 2011, California’s gross state product GDP was $1.96 trillion, as compared to the U.S. total GDP of $15 trillion.

  2. If California were a country, its 2011 GDP would place it 9th among the top 10 economies in the world.

3. In April 2013, California had a labor force of 29.6 million people with an unemployment rate of 9%.

4. California has nine economic regions: Northern California, Northern Sacramento Valley, Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Central Sierra, Southern California, and Southern Border.

5. California ranks 3rd among 50 states in the Milken Institute’s State Science and Technology Index. The index ranks states based on research and development dollars, number of patents issued, venture capital investment, and business starts.

6. California ranked 1st in the nation in patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 with 34,660 patents granted. This accounts for roughly 12.5% of all patents issued in the world.

7. In 2011, three of the top ten cities for technology start-ups were based in California. The San Francisco area ranked #1 in technology start-ups, accounting for 3,442 technology start-ups; the Los Angeles area ranked #4 in technology start-ups, accounting for 1,507 technology start-ups; and the San Diego area ranked #6 in technology start-ups, accounting for 329 technology start-ups.