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National City´s bustling tourism industry is pushing economic recovery to new heights in San Diego County.
The city, with its population of 58,500, is known as San Diego´s Gateway. It´s renovated waterfront marina, vibrant shopping district, and museums sparked the National City Tourism Marketing District to promote the community far and wide. Those efforts appear to be working. National City lodging facilities continue to report increases in business, with last summerś occupancy rates up 2.7 percent overall.

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Long before the first white settler visited, the aboriginal Kumeyaay, also known as the Tipai-Ipai, lived in the area now known as National City. Skilled hunters and agriculturalists, the Kumeyaay encountered their first European in the 1500s near San Diego. In the late 18th century, Spanish soldiers and missionaries began settling in the area they called El Rancho del Rey, or the Ranch of the King. Later, under Mexican rule, the area was known as Rancho de la Nacion, or Ranch of the Nation.
In 1845, United States President Andrew Johnson listed the name as The National Ranch in a land patent form. In 1868, brothers Frank, Warren and Levi Kimball bought the entire rancho, building roads and eventually connecting the railroad to what is now called National City.


As mentioned, tourism constitutes National Cityś chief industry. The newly formed National City Tourism Marketing District was formed in early 2012 to recognize that fact by helping to market and promote the cityś lodging businesses. The district is funded by 2.5 percent of the city´s short-term rental revenue.
National City´s top employers are the National School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, and Walmart.

Arts and Culture

National City offers many museums, including the National City Mile of Cars, one of the worldś first ¨auto malls.”
Other points of interest include Naval Base San Diego, a three-mile port area along San Diego Bay in National City, the National City Depot (a railroad depot built in 1882), Westfield Plaza Bonita, an enclosed shopping mall, the historic Cafe la Maze restaurant, and Highland Avenue, a famous car cruising route.


National City is home to the National School District, which is composed of 10 public schools offering K-6 education; the Sweetwater Union High School District, which encompasses four campuses offering instruction in grades 7-12; the Southwestern Community College District, which offers an acclaimed dental hygienist program; and the South County Regional Education Center.

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