San Diego is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 1,394,928 people and 284 constituent neighborhoods, San Diego is the second largest community in California.
Housing costs in San Diego are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
San Diego is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Diego is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Diego who work in office and administrative support (11.11%), sales jobs (11.04%), and management occupations (10.79%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in San Diego, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Also of interest is that San Diego has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
San Diego is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One important feature of San Diego is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.80% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in San Diego anyway. So, if you like to drive, San Diego is the city for you! The landscape around San Diego reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.
One of the benefits of being a big city like San Diego is having a public transportation system, but in San Diego the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus San Diego benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The citizens of San Diego are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.98% of adults in San Diego have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in San Diego in 2010 was $33,902, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,608 for a family of four. However, San Diego contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
San Diego is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Diego home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Diego residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Diego also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Diego include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
In addition, San Diego has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.55%).
The most common language spoken in San Diego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.