Community Ratings

  • #1 Biotech Cluster in the United States - Milken Institute University of California
  • UC San Diego Best College in America- Forbes Magazine
  • One of America’s Top 10 Most Livable Large Cities - Partners for Livable Communities
  • #5 in America’s Best Performing Cities - Milken Institute
  • One of Top Ten Best Cities for Climate - Farmers Almanac
  • One of Top 10 Safest Cities in U.S. - Forbes Magazine
  • Highest concentration of wireless employment in America - Fast Company Magazine
  • #3 Most Creative City on America’s Creativity Index - The Rise of the Creative Class by R Florida
  • #2 Most Playful City in U.S. - Sperling’s Best Places
  • “If there is an authentic biotech cluster anywhere in the world, this is it.” The Economist
  • Best City for Technology Jobs - Forbes Magazine
  • #6 in America as a location for technology companies to do business - Business Facilities Magazine
  • America’s Best Place for Business and Careers - Forbes Magazine
  • Most desirable convention destination in North America - Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russle
  • #1 percentage of residents belonging to a health club - International Health- Racquet & Sportsclub Association
  • The best fact of all, though? It’s sunny 350 days every year!

LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN SAN DIEGO

  • Federal Government 46,300
  • State of California 45,500
  • UC San Diego 27,393
  • North Island Naval Air Station/Naval
  • Base Coronado 27,000
  • County of San Diego (CAO) 15,109
  • Sharp Healthcare 14,969
  • Scripps Health 13,830
  • San Diego Unified School District 13,730
  • San Diego State University 11,000
  • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) 10,509
  • City of San Diego 10,211
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Diego 8,200
  • General Atomics 6,751
  • UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest 5,860
  • U.S. Postal Service, San Diego District 5,795
  • Sempra Energy (SRE) 5,299
  • Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego 4,700
  • YMCA of San Diego County 4,594
  • San Diego Community College District 4,310
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino 4,300
  • Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC) 4,217
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District 4,177
  • Palomar Pomerado Health 3,995
  • National University 3,948
  • AT&T Inc. 3,885
  • Solar Turbines 3,800
  • SeaWorld San Diego 3,700
  • Veterans Affairs of San Diego Healthcare Systems 3,419
  • Barona Resort & Casino 2,955
  • Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (BPI) 2,947
  • Sycuan Resort & Casino 2,500
  • Grossmont Union High School District 2,300
  • San Diego Police Department 2,100
  • Goodrich Aerostructures 2,050
  • Union Bank 2,039
  • San Diego Zoo 2,000
  • Pala Casino Spa and Resort 1,981

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