30 Interesting Facts About San Diego

Facts About San Diego

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Facts About San Diego

  • The California burrito originated in San Diego.
  • The breathtaking San Diego-Coronado Bridge became an iconic landmark the moment it opened in August 1969 during San Diego’s bicentennial. The first person to drive across the span was then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.
  • San Diego announced plans to become the first U.S. city to install cyber-controlled street lighting, using an “intelligent” lighting system to control 3,000 LED street lights.
  • Built-in 1925, Belmont Park’s 95-year old wooden roller coaster, The Giant Dipper, is one of only four roller coasters in the world on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The original inhabitants of the region are now known as the San Dieguito and La Jolla people, The Kumeyaay people migrated into the area of San Diego around 1000 CE.
  • San Diego is one of only two places where the rare Torrey Pine grows, endangered trees can be found at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in the northern coastal area of San Diego County as well as on Santa Rosa Island.
  • The estimated population of San Diego is 1.41 million, as of 2019. San Diego is the eighth-most populous city in the United States and the second-most populous in California.
  • San Diego has over 7,000 small farms, more than any other U.S. city.
  • In San Diego, May 29th is officially named “Tony Hawk Day.”
  • The average elevation of San Diego is 62 feet above sea level.
  • The famous children’s author Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, was a well-known resident of La Jolla, San Diego.
  • The hottest day in San Diego was 111 degrees Fahrenheit on September 26, 1963 & The coldest day in San Diego was 25 degrees Fahrenheit on January 13, 1913.
  • The official Comic-Con International is held in San Diego every July. The first convention took place in 1970.
  • The highest point is 485 meters above sea level and the lowest point is at sea level.
  • San Diego has been called the birthplace of California because it was the site of California’s first permanent Spanish settlement.
  • The Star of India is the world’s oldest active sailing ship and is anchored at the Port of San Diego.
  • The first modern triathlon was held in 1974 at Mission Bay, San Diego.
  • San Diego officially became part of the U.S. in 1848, and the town was named the county seat of San Diego County when California was granted statehood in 1850.
  • San Diego has the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita in the country.
  • The world-famous San Diego Zoo got its first pair of koalas, Snugglepot and Honeypie, in 1925.
  • The Hotel Del Coronado is not only the oldest wooden structure in the USA, it was the first to feature an electric lit outdoor Christmas Tree in 1904.
  • San Diego’s main economic engines are military and defence-related activities, tourism, international trade, research, and manufacturing.
  • SeaWorld San Diego is the first of the three SeaWorld parks founded in the U.S.
  • San Diego is a city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.
  • San Diego’s sister cities are Alcalá de Henares, Spain; Campinas, Brazil; Cavite City, Philippines; Edinburgh, Scotland; Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Jeonju, South Korea; León, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Perth, Australia; Taichung, Taiwan; Tema, Ghana; Tijuana, Mexico; Vladivostok, Russia; Warsaw, Poland; Yantai, China & Yokohama, Japan.
  • San Diego was the first area of California to be inhabited by the Europeans
  • The city of San Diego imports an estimated 80 to 90 per cent of its water, totalling about 168 million gallons a day.
  • San Diego derives its economic sustenance from many sources: electronics, aerospace suppliers, nuclear and oceanographic research, fishing, marine products, retail and wholesale distribution, imported goods, and clothing manufacture.
  • 17 per cent of San Diegans have a graduate-level or higher degree, while 42.3 per cent of San Diegans, older than age 25, have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • San Diego is a charter city under California law.


Facts About San Diego
Facts About San Diego
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