San Diego is synonymous for diversity. The county encompasses laid-back beach towns, big industrial cities, and quiet country neighborhoods. Every personality, income, career and lifestyle can find a home in San Diego.
The second most populated county in California, San Diego houses 3,053,793 people and spans 4,199.89 square miles. The county has 18 incorporated cities and several unique neighborhoods such as Gas Lamp and Mission Bay. Housing prices cover a large range. The city of San Diego alone has houses from the low $200,00s to $3 millions. Not only does San Diego provide variety in housing prices, there are also many types of houses and communities. Poway is known as the “city in the country” and is characterized by lots of open space, lakes, trails and parks. Carlsbad is a laid-back beach town with vintage and modern single-family homes. La Jolla offers premier luxury housing with more southern cities like Chula Vista and San Ysidro provide more affordable family housing.
San Diego school districts are as diverse as the city itself. There are 42 districts in all. Many of the districts include just elementary or just middle and high school. These smaller, more focused districts have high test scores and give superior education to students and service to parents. The unified school districts are also good. Despite budget cut backs, San Diego Unified School District has seen improved test scores over the past four years. California law allows parents to choose what school their child attends, space permitting, so parents will have no trouble finding an excellent local school for their children to attend.
Tourism, biotechnology, wireless communications technology and agriculture are some of the biggest industries in San Diego. Qualcomm, a Fortune 500 company and wireless technology leader, is headquartered in San Diego city. The county ranks as 10th in the nation for the value of its agriculture products. The county is a leader in innovative biotechnology and has over 50 companies throughout its various cities. Attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Coronado Island, Legoland, Old Town San Diego, several historic missions, Qualcomm Stadium and the Del Mar race track attract thousands of tourists a year and provide hundreds of jobs for San Diego residents.
Getting to all of those wonderful jobs is made easier by San Diego’s extensive public transportation system. The Metropolitan Transit Services (MTS) provides light rail, bus and trolley services for commuters. The light rail stops at 53 stations and covers 52 miles of track. There are also 82 bus stops. The trolley system is a unique and fun form of transportation to and from the county’s most popular attractions. All of MTS transportation saves tourists and residents the inconvenience of finding and paying for parking in San Diego County.
All work and no play make residents dull, so San Diego provides recreational activities to suite every interest. Families will appreciate the many theme parks in San Diego, including the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Legoland and Sea World. Athletics can participate in a variety of water sports including surfing, boating, water skiing, wind surfing, boogie boarding, wake boarding and skim boarding. Every city has its own recreational services that include youth and adult sports leagues. Those with more intellectual interests will enjoy the Museum of Natural History on Balboa Island, the historic lighthouse at Point Loma and the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in San Diego. There is great shopping throughout the county, including the San Diego Factory Outlet Center in San Ysidro. Restaurants, luxury shopping centers, theaters and bars are plentiful in all 18 San Diego cities.
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