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 1,419,516 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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although San Diego is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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.

San Diego is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.57% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in San Diego. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common San Diego landscape.

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.

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.