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About San Diego, California
With a population of about 3 million people, the San Diego metropolitan area is the ninth largest city in the United States. San Diego is located in San Diego County on the southern California coast.
San Diego was settled by the Spanish in the 1600's. Following the end of the Mexican-American War and upon California being declared a United States state, San Diego was incorporated as a municipality in 1850.
San Diego has a diverse economy spanning many industrial sectors, but the defense, manufacturing, and tourism industries are especially important. There is also considerable high technology in the greater San Diego area.
The military has a strong presence in San Diego with numerous Navy and Marine Corps bases and facilities. San Diego is home to one of the largest naval fleets in the world.
Tourism is also an important industry for San Diego due to the favorable climate and numerous attractions.
San Diego has a very moderate climate year round. Summer daily high temperatures are normally in the mid- to high-70's (°F). Winter daily high temperatures are normally in the mid-60's (°F). The city has abundant sunshine with 270 days of sun per year and only 30 days with measurable precipitation.
San Diego has many scenic attractions and landmarks. Beaches are obviously a major attraction with miles of beautiful coastline. There are many theme and entertainment parks in the vicinity, including world famous Balboa Park, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo. Areas like La Jolla are also major tourist destinations.
San Diego is a multi-cultural city that includes Asians, Hispanics from many countries, African Americans, and many other groups. About 65% of the population is white / caucasian and about 15% are Asian. Hispanics of any race make up about 30% of the population. English is the most widely spoken language with Spanish also very common.
The main airport serving San Diego is San Diego International Airport (SAN).
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