The city is located in the western edge of the United States, whose western border is the Pacific Ocean. Based on 2010 Census it is the eighth largest city in the United States and the fifth largest city in California. The eastern side of San Diego is bordered by the Cuyamaca Mountains and the Laguna Mountains. In one winter day you are able to play in the mountain snow then drive west a few miles to play in the ocean. The city is well known and well liked for the mild climate, the many miles of beaches, the short trip to mountains, a few miles to Mexico and just a couple of hours to Los Angeles.
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Automobile travel through and around the city in all directions is accomplished by using one of the four Interstates 5, 15, 805 and 8 or one of many highways. Commuters have several choices: the San Diego Trolley, San Diego Metropolitan Transit (bus), Sprinter (North County Transit), Coaster and Amtrak. The primary airport is San Diego International Airport which is conveniently located approximately 5 miles from Downtown. Two general aviation airports are Montgomery Field (east) and Brown Field (south). The port welcomes cruise ships, Naval ships, and pleasure boats.
San Diego’s main industries are tourism, the military, international trade, and manufacturing. Recent growth has been provided by companies developing biotechnology, cellular technology and security software. Several not for profit companies call San Diego home such as Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Scripps Research Institute. The United States – Mexico International Border provides international trade to boost the City’s economy as it is designated as a Federal Trade Zone.
The largest employers are U.S, Navy, University of California – San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and San Diego County. The next largest employers are in healthcare, communications, and utilities.
The housing market offers condominiums, townhomes, single family homes and multi-family homes. Home prices peaked in San Diego in 2005, are approximately 36% less than peak. There are many affordable neighborhoods and many higher priced homes as well. You may choose to live by water or mountains, in a valley or on a hill as the landscape offers all these options.
Tourism and the locations throughout the city offers the largest recreational opportunities. Some of the more well-known sites are the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and beaches; Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla Beach, Mission Bay, Mission Beach and the list continues on. There is the QualComm Arena for San Diego Padre baseball and San Diego Chargers football.