San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. We are 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 development center.
The population was 1,322,553 based on latest population estimates for 2012.
Life in San Diego
San Diego is popularly regarded as having one of the world's mildest climates. Under the Köppen climate classification system, the San Diego area straddles areas of Mediterranean climate (Csa) to the north and semi-arid climate (BSh) to the south and east. As a result, it is often described as “arid Mediterranean” and “Semi-arid Steppe”.
San Diego’s climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters with most of the annual precipitation falling between December and March. The city has a mild climate year-round, with an average of 201 days above 70°F (21°C) and low rainfall (9–13 inches/23–33 cm annually).
Living in such a near-ideal climate is about more than just quality of life, though. It also means that we can keep weather-related delays and cancellations to a minumum, allowing for more uninterrupted training days than many other cities are able to offer.
San Diego's Balboa Park, adjacent to downtown, is known as one of the premier urban parks in the United States. Architectural relics from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition house many popular museums, such as the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Man. Balboa Park hosts miles of walking trails, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Downtown's embarcadero is home to historic ships belonging to the San Diego Maritime Museum, as well as the decomissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier, which today serves as a museum ship.