San Diego County is a county located in the southwestern corner of the State of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,095,313, making it the second-most populous county in California and the fifth-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is San Diego, the eighth-most populous city in the United States. It is the south-westernmost county in the 48 contiguous United States.
San Diego County comprises the San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is also part of the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area shared between the United States and Mexico.
San Diego County has 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. Most of the county has a mild Mediterranean climate to semiarid climate, though there are mountains that receive frost and snow in the wintertime.
There are also 16 naval and military installations of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard in San Diego County. These include the Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and Naval Air Station North Island.
Arising from an effort by the state government to identify regional economies, San Diego County and Imperial County are part of the Southern Border Region, one of nine such regions. As a regional economy, the Southern Border Region is the smallest but most economically diverse region in the state. However, the two counties maintain weak relations and have little in common aside from their common border.
From north to south, San Diego County extends from the southern borders of Orange County and Riverside County to the Mexico–United States border and Baja California. From west to east, San Diego County stretches from the Pacific Ocean to its boundary with Imperial County. (Full article...)
is an open-air ballpark
in downtown San Diego, California
. It opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium
as the home park of Major League Baseball
's San Diego Padres
. Before then, the Padres shared Qualcomm Stadium with the NFL
's San Diego Chargers
. The over-42,000 person capacity stadium is named after the animal and pet supplies retailer Petco
, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights
. The ballpark is located between 7th and 10th Avenues, south of J Street. The official address of Petco Park is 19 Tony Gwynn
Way, in honor of the eight-time National League batting champion who wore that uniform number during his entire major league career with the Padres. The southern side of the stadium is bounded by San Diego Trolley
tracks along the north side of Harbor Drive (which serve the adjacent San Diego Convention Center
). The first baseball game ever played at Petco Park, on March 11, 2004, was the first game of a four-team NCAA invitational tournament hosted by San Diego State University
. It was the largest attendance for a game in college baseball history.
A gate at the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego.