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San Diego city overview
San Diego is a large city in California close to the border with Mexico. With a population of almost 1.5 million, it is the eighth largest city in the country and second only to Loa Angeles in California.
Brief history of San Diego
San Diego was originally the home of the San Dieguito and La Jolla people. The region was claimed for Spain in 1542 and was originally named San Miguel. Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent from Spain in his ship, San Diego in 1602 to survey the area for settlement. It wasn’t until 1769 that a permanent contingent began living in the area and founded the Fort Presidio of San Diego.
The fort was the first ‘proper’ settlement in California and was quickly followed by the Mission San Diego de Alcalá. California was briefly Mexican after independence as Alta California. The Mexican–American War in 1846 saw a hard fought series of battles over the city where American forces suffered losses before reinforcements lifted the siege. The army then went on to claim Los Angeles and the rest of California.
California was accepted into the United States in 1850 and San Diego was incorporated as a city the same year. The original position of the city, at the foot of Presidio Hill wasn’t ideal, so was moved to New Town San Diego which is now Downtown.
Doing business in San Diego
The economy of San Diego is mainly made up of defense, tourism, trade and manufacturing. After a slump during the 1970s and 1980s, the city has picked itself up, brushed itself off and got back to work, becoming a lively, thriving city with a lot to offer.
Defense and the military has a huge influence over the city thanks to the dee water port. It is a major shipbuilding hub and is home to the largest naval fleet we have, the Pacific Fleet. San Diego is home to several Navy bases, Coast Guard stations, Sealift Command and thousands of supporting industries.
Tourism and international trade play a significant part in the city’s economy. The Californian climate is a huge draw and the miles of beaches, attractions and heritage sites draw an estimated 32 million visitors per year to the area.
Major employers in the area include; the United States Navy, University of California San Diego, Sharp HealthCare, Qualcomm, Inc., Scripps Health, Kaiser Permanente and the various city and county bodies that administrate the region.
San Diego character
San Diego works hard and has a diverse culture. While most nationalities are represented here, English is very much the dominant language and Catholicism still the dominant religion. Like everywhere else, other people, cultures, religions and ways of life are embraced but the old ways still dominate.
As one of the safest cities to live in the country, San Diego is popular with families. The heavy military influence also makes it a family-friendly place, with lots of businesses catering for families.
San Diego Districts
Neighborhoods that make up San Diego include; Downtown, Balboa Park-Hillcrest, Old Town-Mission Valley, Point Loma-Ocean Beach, Mission Beach-Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Mid-City, Northeastern and San Ysidro.