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The area on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico, and which would eventually become the San Diego area, was historically the home of the Kumeyaay people. San Diego was the first area visited by Europeans on the West Coast of the United States. Jaun Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed the area for Spain in 1542, but it took until 1769 for the first European settlement in what is now California, The Presidio and Mission of San Diego. The mission was named after Saint Diego de San Nicolas del Puerto, who was a Spanish Franciscan monk.
Today, the city of San Diego has a population of 1,322,553 people. (according to a 2012 Business Journal estimate) This makes it the eight-largest city in the U.S. and the second largest in the state of California (after Los Angeles). The San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area is an international metropolitan conurbation. It covers the border of the United States city San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. In 2012, it was estimated to have a population of 4,922,723 people. This makes the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area the largest bi-national conurbation shared by the US and Mexico and the fourth largest in the world, according to the World Gazetteer.
San Diego is considered the ‘Birthplace of California’, as it was the first area visited and subsequently colonized by Europeans on what would become the West Coast of the United States.
According to the city of San Diego’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the United States Navy is the largest employer in the area, with 30,664 workers. Due to San Diego’s location as deepwater port, the economy is heavily dominated by the military. The port includes the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast. The city is also home to several major national defense contractors such as General Atomics, Cubic, and NASSCO.
San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. As documented by a U.S. Department of the Navy report in 2008, the city’s port housed 53 ships, over 120 tenant commands, and more than 35,000 sailors, soldiers, and Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors. California National Guard’s 79th Infantry Brigade Combat team is also headquartered in San Diego. In fact, according to that same U.S. Department of the Navy report, about 5% of all civilian jobs in the county are military-related, and 15,000 businesses in San Diego County rely on Department of Defense contracts.
It is no surprise, then, that San Diego is a hotbed of US Navy facilities, Coast Guard stations, and Marine Corps bases. These Marine Corps facilities include Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Naval bases include Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego (also known as the 32nd Street Naval Station), Naval Medical Center San Diego (also known as the Bob Wilson Naval Hospital), the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (“SPAWAR”.) Military institutions outside of San Diego’s city limits, but still nearby, include the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, which is located on the local island of Coronado, and Naval Air Station North Island (which operates Naval Auxiliary Landing Facility San Clemente Island, Silver Strand Training Complex, and the Outlying Field Imperial Beach).
San Diego isn’t all about ships and the military, however. The city is also well known for its tourism industry. The San Diego Tourism Authority claimed that in 2012 San Diego County hosted more than 32 million visitors who spent an estimated $8 billion locally, with a regional economic impact of more than $18 billion.
What sites were these tourists visiting? Many include San Diego’s Spanish and Mexican heritage, like the historic sites of Mission San Diego de Alcala and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park has also been declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Balboa Park is also the location of the San Diego Museum of Man, a museum of anthropology housed in the historic landmark buildings of the California Quadrangle. These buildings were made even more famous by Orson Welles’ 1941 Citizen Kane, which many consider to be the greatest movie of all time. The Quadrangle was used as the principal feature of the fictitious Xanadu estate. Today, though, the Museum of Man’s permanent exhibits and collections focus on the pre-Columbian history of the Western Americas, such as Native American cultures and Mesoamerican civilization such as the Maya. The museum also has one of the finest collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the US. These include authentic mummies, burial masks, figurines, and seven painted wooden coffins. The rarest of these is a Ptolemaic child’s coffin. Only six others are known to exist worldwide.
The San Diego Zoo is another attraction housed within the confines of Balboa Park. It is a world famous zoo, having pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits, which re-create the natural habitats of various animals. The Zoo houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies, including the giant panda, making it one of the few zoos in the world to do so.
San Diego is home to two professional sports teams, MLB’s San Diego Padres, who play in Petco Park, and the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, who play in Qualcomm Stadium.
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