is the eighth-largest city in the United States
and second-largest city
, after Los Angeles
, with a population of 1,307,402 (2010 Census). The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean
in Southern California
on a land area of 372.1 square miles (963.7 km2
). The urban area of San Diego extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 2,880,000, making it the third-largest
urban area in California. San Diego is also the county seat
of San Diego County
, the 5th largest county, by population, in the United States. The city is the economic center of the San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos metropolitan area
, considered congruent with the county. San Diego's top four industries are manufacturing, defense, tourism, and agriculture. San Diego's economy is largely composed of agriculture, biotechnology/biosciences, computer sciences, electronics manufacturing, defense-related manufacturing, financial and business services, ship repair, ship construction, software development, telecommunications, wireless research, and tourism. Higher education presence includes University of California, San Diego
(UCSD), San Diego State University
(SDSU), and University of San Diego
Horton Plaza, officially Westfield Horton Plaza, is a 5 level outdoor shopping mall located in downtown San Diego and remarkable for its bright colors, architectural tricks and odd spatial rhythms. It stands on 6 and a half city blocks and is adjacent to the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter. It is currently anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom.
Imperial Beach is a residential beach city in San Diego County, California. The population was 29,992 at the 2006 census. The city is the most southern beach city in Southern California and the West Coast of the United States. Every year the city holds the annual U.S. Open Sand Castle tournament, which draws about 400,000 people over three days. The city also holds the Imperial Beach classic car show every summer.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps (sometimes referred to as Scripps Aquarium or Birch Aquarium) is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an annual attendance of more than 400,000 and the hilltop site provides spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
Swami's, also known as "Swamis", is an internationally known surfing spot, a point break located in Encinitas, California. Swami's was named after Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, because the grounds and hermitage of the Self-Realization Fellowship ashram, built in 1937, overlook this reef point.