About San Diego, California
San Diego (abbreviated as "SD") is right by the Pacific Ocean and very close (15 miles or 24 km) to the Mexican border. On a map, it is at the very bottom left corner of the USA. In 2010, there was approximately 3.1 million people living in SD; this makes it the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest city in USA.
Because of the research done in the University of California (UCSD) and other institutes & facilities within the area, SD is often considered a very "high-tech" city. In 2007, it was designated as one of the top 5 most Digital Cities in the USA.
SD has a strong military presence with 16 military facilities including the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, and the US Marine Corps. SD has one of the largest naval fleets in the world. It is estimated that a third of the US Naval Pacific Fleet is docked at the San Diego Bay.
Not surprisingly, San Diego's economy revolves around:
- defense-related manufacturing, ship-repair & construction,
- biotechnology & biosciences, computer sciences, telecommunications, software development,
- financial & business services, agriculture, and tourism.
As such, crime rate per capita is relatively low: SD ranks as the 4th safest city in the USA (2009 and in 2010, Forbes.com voted SD as one of the top 10 safest cities in USA.
Not only is SD a relatively safe city, it is also considered one of the Best Big Cities within the USA. There are many attractions, organized events, and natural beauties for families to enjoy.
For most of the year, the weather is sunny and warm. In January 2007, the average low was 49°F (9°C). In summer, the average high was 75°F (24°C). On occasion, winds from the east (called Santa Anas) bring hot, dry air from the desert causing heat waves. The annual rainfall is about 10 inches of rain (25cm) with the wet season from December to March. However, it is easily forgotten during the many months of blue skies and blazing sun.
SD owns the title (nickname) of "America's Finest City". However, all this fun-in-the-sun comes with a price. The cost of living here is restrictively high: SD was on the top 20 least affordable metropolitan area in the USA. Some of the major drawbacks are: