Here are some things to know about beautiful San Diego - besides the incredible weather - the 8th largest city in the US and 2nd largest in California:

  • San Diego was the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. Founded in 1769, Old Town San Diego has many museums and historic buildings that preserve its original roots.
  • The Torrey Pine tree is a magical, endangered tree that only grows on Santa Rosa Island and San Diego! They can be found at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in the northern coastal area of San Diego County and are the official tree of the city of San Diego.
  • There are more than 15 universities in San Diego.
  • The economy of San Diego is influenced by its deepwater port, including the only major submarine and shipbuilding yard on the West Coast. Several major national defense contractors were started and are headquartered in San Diego which hosts the largest naval fleet in the world.
  • San Diego was rated No. 4 among Top Life Science and Biosciences locations in 2015, with 14 advanced industries producing $42.1 billion.
  • No. 1 most-patented Sports and Active lifestyle sector with 1,200-plus companies in the region.
  • Ranks No. 1 for lowest average commute times among peer cities.
  • Almost 29 million people visited San Diego in 2022 boasting a super-robust tourist industry.
  • About 5% of all civilian jobs in the county are military-related, and 15,000 businesses in San Diego County rely on Department of Defense contracts.
  • With about 7,000 farms taking advantage of San Diego’s diverse microclimates to grow a variety of crops, strawberries grow along the coast, apples in the mountains, and date palms in the desert. San Diego is the nation’s top producer of avocados and ranks third in honey production, 5th in lemons, 9th in strawberries, and 10th in the number of egg-laying hens.
  • In October 2023, the median listing home price in San Diego was $979K. The median listing home price per square foot was $714. The median home sold price was $912.8K.

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