| Aug 06, 2014
As the second-largest city in California and one of the southernmost locales to enjoy such booming prosperity, San Diego is a city unlike any other. In addition to the almost tropical setting, which features sunny skies and great beaches virtually every day out of the year, the urban lifestyle supports a powerful economy. Although technology, healthcare, and the military are the largest driving forces behind the city’s successes, you’ll find that San Diego supports an incredibly strong arts community, as well.
Living and Working in San Diego
The cost of living in San Diego is higher than average. Because this city combines atmosphere, ambiance, and economy all in one tidy package, it’s one of the most popular places for young professionals and families to move. And because Southern California has always been (and will most likely always be) one of the largest and fastest-growing areas in the country, there are always new residents moving in.
Of course, these features don’t mean it’s impossible to live here. Many people who relocate to San Diego do so because they’ve been offered a job in technology, healthcare, or education—and these fields tend to offer higher pay to compensate. You’ll also find much of the Los Angeles lifestyle and income level here, but without the traffic, pollution, or overcrowding.
San Diego is a highly educated city (with over a quarter of the population boasting a Bachelor’s degree or higher), and hosts the largest U.S. naval fleet in the world. These features, when combined with jobs at places like the University of California, Sharp Healthcare, Qualcomm, and Kaiser Permanente make for great opportunities.
Fun and Entertainment in San Diego
The beaches are by far the biggest draw to the area, especially if you enjoy surfing, outdoor activities, or year-round warm temperatures. However, you don’t have to be a beach bum to enjoy the lifestyle in San Diego. Because the population tends to be younger and with more cash to spend than many other cities of a similar size, you’ll find a large number of clubs, cafes, microbreweries, concert halls, arts centers, and theaters.
Popular museums like the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum are located in the downtown area, with more tourist-friendly spots like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to round things out. Petco Park hosts the San Diego Padres MLB team, and features like the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve encourages people outdoors.
Welcome to San Diego!
San Diego is the kind of place where people put down lasting roots. Vibrant and alive at all hours of the day and night—but still enough of a beach community to encourage a low-key lifestyle with plenty of time for fun—this is a city worth moving to.
Come for the opportunities; stay for the ambiance. Whatever your reasons, San Diego is large enough to hold you and your entire family—and to keep you entertained for as long as you choose to remain.