San Diego is the eighth most populous city in the nation. It lies south of Los Angeles
by about 120 miles, at the border of California and Mexico. One might say that San Diego possesses many of the most desirable qualities a city can possess. Some areas have an urban feel and can be accessed on foot, on bike, or on one of the trains or trolleys that pervade the city, while a laid-back beach culture, great seafood, and vibrant night life blanket large swaths of coastal property. There is also a wealth of diversity among housing options and neighborhood vibes, from those best for life as a college student to those best for families.
San Diego is home to a deepwater port, which can accommodate the very largest and most heavily laden ships, as well as submarines. Defense companies underpin the city’s economy. According to the US Dept. of the Navy, over 15,000 businesses in San Diego County are in some way reliant on defense contracts, not to mention the fact that the US Navy stashes a fleet—the world’s largest—in San Diego that accounts for over 30,000 jobs all on its own. Noteworthy local institutions also include the San Diego Zoo and UCSD. Primary arteries: the 5, 805, 8, 15, and 94 freeways.