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 87.08% 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 (11.08%), management occupations (11.02%), and sales jobs (10.72%).
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.
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 0.80% 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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but San Diego really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, San Diego citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in San Diego ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in San Diego a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.
The education level of San Diego ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in San Diego, 43.55% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in San Diego in 2010 was $35,199, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,796 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 30.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Diego include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of San Diego's cultural character, accounting for 26.48% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in San Diego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.