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 1,423,851 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 86.26% 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 (11.21%), sales jobs (10.11%), and office and administrative support (9.67%).
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.
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, 80.55% 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.
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, 45.94% 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 2018 was $41,112, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,448 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 30.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Diego include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
In addition, San Diego has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.12%).
The most common language spoken in San Diego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.