87.95% of the populution has a HS or higher education
There are 533,973 housing units in the city
366.602 of the residents were born abroad
Median Household Income:$71,535
14.5% of the Residents Live below the poverty line
Total Area 372.39 Sq Miles
90,552 of the city residents are veterans
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Kumeyaay People inhabited the area that is now San Diego. John Rodriguez Cabrilla sailing for Spain was the first European to visit the area and claimed it for Spain. In November 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino surveyed the harbor of San Diego and named it for Saint Didacus who was known as San Diego de Alcala. In 1769 four groups of Spanish arrived in the area. IN May they established Fort Presidio of San Diego the first European
In 1821 Mexico became independent and San Diego achieved the status of pueblo. A major battle took place in San Diego during the Mexican American War. As part of the negotiations that ended the war, the US insisted that all of San Diego be part of the land the US gained as a result of the war.
The State of California joined the Union in 1850. San Diego became a city that year, and two years later it was bankrupt. The state-administered the city until 1889.
Late in the 1860s, the town began to move to an area around the bay which became known was new town while the original location became known as the old town. In 1878 the railroads arrived in San Diego and the town began to grow.
The Southern part of the city was set aside for military purposes, and that slowly grew. The US Navy established a Navy Coaling station in 1901, today that base has grown into the largest naval base in the world ( based on the number of ships based there) San Diego hosted two World Fairs the Panama California Exposition in 1915-16 and the California International Exposition in 1935-36. The first exposition formed the basis for the San Diego Zoo.
The city was a major center of the early aviation industry; Charles Lindbergh’s the Spirit of St Louis in which he crossed the Atlantic was manufactured by Ryan Air in San Diego