Is San Diego a Big City, or a Small Town?

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Size is relative, as we know. Without a point of comparison, we cannot say that anything is either “big” or “little.” But we’ve seen the city and county of San Diego alternately described as a “big city with a small town feel,” a “small town vibe in a big package” and a “big small town.” I thought we’d have some fun with the numbers this week as we explore concepts of big and little and all that San Diego has to offer.

Let’s start with the big numbers. The land area of San Diego County is 4,206.62 square miles. That’s pretty big, but the state of California comprises 155,779 square miles and that makes San Diego only 2.6 percent of the state. That’s relatively little. The population (in 2012) of San Diego County is listed at 3,177,063 out of 37,999,878 total California residents, a little over 8 percent. You might say that’s pretty big for just one small town. An interesting little tidbit I found is that San Diego has the seventh highest percentage of gay residents in the entire U.S. And Nerdwallet named it the ninth most LGBT friendly city in the U.S. We don’t know quite how they came to that conclusion, but it sounds right.

The Farmer’s Almanac named San Diego as a city with one of the top 10 best climates and the Weather Channel designated it as having one of the two best summer climates in the U.S. The average temperature is gloriously 70 degrees and 75 percent of the year the sun is shining. This is 20 percent more than the U.S. average. Precipitation drops into the little category with an average of only 12 inches. New York City, in comparison, has an average of 46 inches, almost four times the amount. We cannot deny these are numbers that make a big, big difference in the quality of life in our fair city.

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