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San Diego, California

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Welcome to San Diego ...

The coastal city of San Diego is located in San Diego County and is the County Seat for San Diego County.

When the people of San Diego refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use San Diegan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, San Diego has a population of 1,419,516 people<2> (see below for details).

San Diego was established in 1769 and was incorporated March 27, 1850.

The community of San Diego is 420 feet [128 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: San Diego lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

San Diego lies within the (619) area code.

The ZIP codes for San Diego: 92101-92117, 92119-92124, 92126-92140, 92142, 92145, 92147, 92149-92150, 92152-92155, 92158-92172, 92174-92177, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186-92187, 92190-92199<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, San Diego had a population of 1,307,402 people (which is 42.24% of the total population of San Diego County). This makes San Diego the county's most populous community.

The population of San Diego represents 3.51% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,307,402 people, the population of San Diego increased 6.87% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,223,400 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, San Diego had an population of 1,419,516 people. This is an increase of 8.58% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.03% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for San Diego.

Communities near San Diego ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from San Diego and not the distance if you are going to drive.<5>.

Community   2017
Chula Vista   [Map]   270,471   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Del Mar   [Map]   4,363   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
El Cajon   [Map]   103,894   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Imperial Beach   [Map]   27,418   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
La Mesa   [Map]   60,021   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
La Playa   [Map]   ---   W   4 miles [6.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for San Diego.

Communities Also Named San Diego ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named San Diego - it's located in Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for San Diego.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around San Diego. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of San Diego. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around San Diego. Our list includes 281 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for San Diego:

Websites for San Diego ...

Official Website:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for San Diego ...

Looking for more information about San Diego? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for San Diego, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for San Diego.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About San Diego County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Diego:

The official website for San Diego County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of San Diego refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of San Diego may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for San Diego.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around San Diego - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as San Diego). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether San Diego or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for San Diego includes: 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92133, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92142, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92162, 92163, 92164, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92194, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198 & 92199.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- San Diego) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for San Diego. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San Diego

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Diego. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7179, Longitude: -117.1538     [Map].

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