San Diego, CA
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Living in San Diego


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 1,419,516 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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One important feature of San Diego is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.57% 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: 44.40% 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 $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.