America’s Finest City
During the 1920s and ’30s, pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh and Claude Ryan helped create and secure San Diego’s future as a military and defense center.
Following the Second World War, the city saw its geography and climate as a magnet for growth. A bond issue to develop Mission Bay was approved. Two years later, the San Diego Aquaduct opened, bringing Colorado River water here. By 1950, the population stood at 555,000 persons.
The Fifties saw a doubling of the population and the growth of new communities. In 1958, Interstate 8 opened the Mission Valley to development. In quick order, shopping centers, hotels, and a stadium were built. SeaWorld opened near Mission Bay in 1964.
San Diego County is the southernmost county in California, encompassing an area about the size of the state of Connecticut.
San Diego County is the southernmost county in California, encompassing an area about the size of the state of Connecticut. Over three million people live here with one-quarter of the people under 20 years of age and another million ages 25 to 44. The median age is 33.9. The U.S. median age is 37.4.
San Diego County is comprised of 18 incorporated cities—the largest of which is the City of San Diego. Five elected supervisors govern the County with an administrative officer appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The City of San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the nation.
San Diego is an ethnically diverse group: 45% White, 29% Hispanic, 16% Asian and 7% Black.
Average annual pay is over $60,000 or about 6% higher than the U.S. average. Thirty-five percent of he workforce aged 25+ has a bachelor’s degree or higher. Median household income is $64,273. Over 202,000 households earn more than $75,000/yr.
There are nearly 7,000 miles of roads, including three interstate freeways that traverse the county.
San Diego’s airport is located three miles from downtown and within a mile of beautiful San Diego Bay—one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbors. The city has shown tremendous growth in the past fifty years and is gearing up for an an estimated influx of one million persons in the next thirty years. Local civic leaders and government officials are committed to creating a larger city without losing the quality of life that draws people here.
On the boards are plans to extend the bayfront for tourism throughout the South Bay and into the North Embarcadero; modernizing the airport; building a new football stadium; redeveloping the Navy Broadway complex; and creating a series of people-oriented villages based more on walkaround pedestrian traffic rather than cars.
The city’s culture is heavily influenced by its location on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate and its long association with the U.S. Navy. Along with being the headquarters of several major national defense contractors, San Diego is also home to the largest naval fleet in the world. Tourism is a major industry owing to the city’s beaches and numerous tourist attractions such as Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Sea World San Diego. Annual events in San Diego include Comic-Con, the Farmers Insurance Open a golf tournament, the San Diego Black Film Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar Music Festival.