San Diego, CA
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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 1,425,976 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 87.16% 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 management occupations (11.65%), office and administrative support (10.94%), and sales jobs (10.61%).

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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of San Diego. This makes San Diego a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, San Diego presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the nice things about San Diego is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Of the large cities in America, San Diego is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.57% of people in San Diego drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in San Diego, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

San Diego, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of San Diego are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

San Diego is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.40% of adults in San Diego have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in San Diego in 2010 was $37,112, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,448 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 29.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Diego include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

In addition, San Diego has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.36%).

The most common language spoken in San Diego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.