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San Diego

San Diego, situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in the state of California, lies adjacent to the Mexican border, is the eighth largest city by population in the United States and the second largest in California. It's also one of the fastest growing cities, according to a news report citing the US Census published in the Seattle Times. The city is know as the birthplace of California, and it's very long association with the United States Navy. It's mild climate and perfect mix of urban and residential areas, San Diego is home to more than 1.3 million people.

San Diego Real Estate

The San Diego real estate market is one of the most active in the country. It's also more affordable than some other localities in the state of California. The average list price is $682,099, with a median listing price of $485,000. The median sales price in San Diego is $431,000, with an average price per square foot of $336, with a median size of 1,400 livable square feet.

Architecture

There are five styles of homes in San Diego which are the most popular: ranch homes, townhouses, Spanish style or Mission style, split level homes, and postmodern style. Ranch homes are typically one story, with minimal exterior decoration. Townhomes are generally two to three stories, and some come equipped with one or two car garages. split level are typified by staircases and attached garages. While Mission are Spanish styled and postmodern is anything goes.

Climate

The climate in San Diego is mild during the winter and the best seasons are spring and fall. The city is listed as one of the best in year round weather in the Farmer's Almanac. Average daytime highs in the summer months reach into the mid to high seventies and low eighties, with overnight lows in the mid to low sixties. Winters see daytime highs in the mid to upper sixties, with overnight lows in the upper forties and lower fifties.

Demographics

San Diego is a diverse city in its residents. According to the latest figures compiled by the US Census Bureau, the population in the city is 58.9 percent white, 15.9 percent Asian, 6.7 percent black, 12.3 percent from other races, and 5.1 percent from two or more races, 0.6 percent Native American, and 0.5 percent Pacific Islander.

Main Attractions

There are a number of attractions in San Diego and nearby. The most popular include: San Diego Zoo, Visit Catalina Island for its many Art, Film and Jazz Festivals, Belmont Park, which offers carnival rides, restaurants and fun stores, the baseball stadium of PETCO Park, the SEA LIFE Aquarium, SeaWorld San Diego, LegoLand California, Balboa Park, which is comprised of 1,000 acres and offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations.

Transportation

Over 80 percent of San Diego residents travel via private passenger car on a network of freeways and highways. Public transportation is provided by San Diego Trolley light rail system, the SDMTS bus system, and by Coaster and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner commuter rail systems. The city is accessible via boat, airplane, and highway.

Economy

The economy of San Diego is largely dependant on the defense and military industries. The city also thrives off tourism, international trade, manufacturing and research, and real estate. San Diego has an annual gross domestic product of nearly $177.5 billion.