San Diego, CA Overview
San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States of America and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology enclave. The population was 1,301,617 at the 2010 census.
Skyscrapers have shot up in the revamped downtown, but San Diego’s ongoing love affair is with nature, sunshine and fresh air. This big city has a small-town feel, where you can join toned, tanned locals surfing at Mission Beach. With weather that is almost always pleasant, San Diego is a year-round beach town (though water temperatures can be chilly in winter). With some 70 miles of coastline, there’s most likely a beach that’s just right for you. Tee off at one of 90 golf courses or Rollerblade through the lusciously green Balboa Park, home to kid-magnet San Diego Zoo.
The City works in a joint collaboration with the County of San Diego to provide mainstream resources to establish a continuum of care for episodic, transitional and chronic homeless individuals and families in the area. With such a close proximity to the Mexican border there are countless needs as families cross into the US legally or otherwise looking for a better or more prosperous life. Our CityConnexx partners also have a profound influence in the greater San Diego public school system through the Urban Youth Collaborative which provides church sponsored, on campus clubs at over 25 of the public middle and high schools.
San Diego, CA Culture and People
The culture of San Diego, California, is influenced heavily by American and Mexican cultures due to its position as a border town, its large Hispanic population, and its history as part of Spanish America and Mexico. It’s been called the Plymouth Rock of the West Coast, the Naples of America, and America’s Finest City. San Diego is a city shaped by individuals, from the Spanish explorers who first “discovered” it to the prescient businessmen who envisioned the booming seaside metropolis it was to become, and the many colorful characters who came in between.
Almost since the beginning, San Diego’s climate and natural endowments have been her principal attractions; today the region’s nearly 3 million residents partake in outdoor activities with great gusto. Dramatic topography allows for skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, making San Diego a haven for board sports enthusiasts. Skateboarder Tony Hawk and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White are but a few who cut their teeth — and other parts — in San Diego.
In 2000 there were 451,126 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. Households made up of individuals account for 28.0% and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.30.
San Diego, CA Attractions
· Balboa Park
· Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
· Hotel del Coronado on nearby Coronado Island
· Imperial & Ocean Beach areas
· Legoland in nearby Carlsbad
· MCAS Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (Miramar Airshow)
· Mission Beach Roller Coaster at Belmont Park in Mission Beach
· Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
· Point Loma Nazarene University campus & beach access
· Presidio of San Diego
· San Diego Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido
· San Diego Zoo at Balboa Park
· SeaWorld at Mission Bay
· Torrey Pines State Park in La Jolla
· USS Midway aircraft carrier museum on San Diego Bay in the Columbia district downtown
· Professional sports (NFL, MLB)
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