downtown San Diego and Coronado

Why San Diego?

A Bright Future Ahead

San Diego is frequently voted one of the top places to live, work and study. We have previously outlined why San Diego is the perfect place to study business; this section will list San Diego’s merits in other domains:

U.S. biopharma clusters
(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)

number 2
Most inventive City in the world (
Forbes 2013)

top 10
Cities for Women Entrepreneurs (
Entrepreneur magazine) 

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Global connections- direct flights to Tokyo, London and Shanghai

number 1#1 most patent Sports and Active lifestyle sector with 1,200+ companies in the region. (SD Regional EDC)

no. 4
Top Life Science and Bioscience location (Jones Lang LaSalle 2015)

person graph14 advanced industries produce $42.1 B and pay $116,600/yr. on avg. (Brookings Institute)

no. 1#1 Concentration of military/defense assets in the world (San Diego Military Advisory Council)

no. 1#1 lowest average commute times among peer cities. (Talent, Where San Diego Stands, 2016)

glasses graphNat Geo’sWorld Smart Cities”, only city in North America. – (Watch the Video) fueling the CleanTech Sector.

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“Best Place to Launch a Startup” (
Forbes 2014)

no. 7
High in Job Satisfaction ( 7th in Nation

80+ Research Institutes in the region

top 10
Top 10 cities in the country for job growth through 2025.

sunUS Weather Bureau describes San Diego's weather as the closest thing to perfect in America. Holiday Magazine described San Diego as the "only area in the United States with perfect weather." Pleasant Weather Rating Service Poll voted San Diego as the best year-round weather in the nation, and the 2nd best in the world.

tree waterSan Diego's unique geography provides a landscape that has something for everyone: beaches, valleys, mountains, deserts, national parks…

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San Diego is among the safest large U.S. cities.

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San Diego Ranked Friendliest City for LGBT Community by HRC in 2012

top 3
Top three cities for quality and costs of healthcare. (Northwestern National Life)

bikeIn the March 2006 issue of Bicycling magazine, San Diego was selected as the top cycling city in the country for cities with a population greater than 1 million.

no. 1
 No. 1 domestic destination by

cameraTourism sector has 34M annual visitors generating $9.9B in spending. Supports 173K jobs. (2015)

no. 3
#3 Best Beer Towns in USA (

no. 1

#1 Best Beach Doggie Destination (outside online)

Sources (unless specified): Read more about the region’s assets on San Diego’s regional EDC.