Key Facts and Figures

With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations. San Diego is also a location for cutting-edge businesses for telecommunications, biotechnology, software, electronics, and other major industries. Here's why San Diego is a great place to live and work:

  • Top Life Science and Bioscience location (#4 Jones Lang LaSalle 2015)
  • 14 advanced industries produce $42.1 B and pay $116,600/yr. on avg. (Brookings Institute)
  • #1 Concentration of military/defense assets in the world (San Diego Military Advisory Council)
  • #2 most inventive City in the world (Forbes 2013)
  • Global connections- direct flights to Tokyo, London and Shanghai
  • #1 most patent Sports and Active lifestyle sector with 1,200+ companies in the region. (San Diego Regional EDC)
  • Home to University of California San Diego (UCSD) ranked #3 best public university in the U.S. and #17 in the world (World University Rankings, 2016)
  • #1 lowest average commute times among peer cities. (Talent, Where San Diego Stands, 2016)
  • National Geographic’s “World Smart Cities”, only city in North America to be selected. (2015)
  • “Best Place to Launch a Startup” (Forbes 2014)
  • Tourism sector has 34M annual visitors generating $9.9B in spending. Supports 173K jobs. (2015)
  • 80+ Research Institutes in the region

(Updated August 10, 2016)