Moving to San Diego

View from across the bay of San DiegoThe birthplace of California, people moving to San Diego will find themselves in a city where history meets progress. Passing through Native American, Spanish and Mexican hands before becoming part of the United States, the city’s pioneer spirit can be felt blowing through the palm trees that line its sprawling streets.

San Diego is known for its pleasant climate, seemingly endless miles of beaches and small town atmosphere. Situated at the sunny southwestern corner of California, the city is 120 miles (193 km) south of Los Angeles and around 16 miles (26km) north of the Mexican border. It is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second-biggest in California.

The city is the economic centre of San Diego County as well as the border-defying San Jose-Tijuana metropolitan area. The largest industries in San Diego include international trade, telecommunications, software, electronics, tourism, military related activities and manufacturing. It has also gained a reputation for its world-class healthcare facilities and cutting-edge biotechnology industry. Education and healthcare are also major sources of employment in the city.

With a comprehensive public transport system consisting of buses, trains and trolleys, as well as well-designed highways that afford residents a manageable average commute of around 25 minutes, expats will have no problem getting around San Diego.

It is a young city, with around only 11 percent of the population being over the age of 65. In line with its youthful character, the city takes education seriously. It is said that it boasts the highest percentage of college graduates and the most PhDs per capita in the USA. San Diego has around 335 private schools as well as five universities and eight community colleges.
 
It is a great city for children, with a range of activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained. This includes famous destinations such as Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland California and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The city is also the home of the Comic-Con International which attracts 130,000 avid pop culture fans every year from around the world. In addition, there are over 200 parks as well as a Central Library with 35 branches across the city.

Expats with health insurance won’t have any problems when it comes to their medical needs either, since the city has 26 accredited hospitals and is nationally recognised for the quality of its healthcare system.

Safety should also not be a major concern since San Diego is recognised as one of the safest large cities in the country. It is also known as the birthplace of naval aviation and has the largest US Naval presence on the West Coast as a result of its deep-water port.
 
Owing to its unique geography, spreading from inland valleys to the coast, there is enough accommodation available to suit almost every expat’s taste and budget. This ranges from oceanfront mansions and rural estates, to first-time buyer condominiums and bachelor apartments.

Affording its residents a high quality of life in a setting that is friendly to business and the environment, San Diego is sure to provide a range of expats with a destination that they could happily call home.

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