San Diego, the second-most populous city in California, is known for its beaches, temperate weather, and numerous leisure activities.

Visitors and residents enjoy parks, museums, art galleries, restaurants, hiking and biking trails as well as surfing and other water activities.

San Diego is also home to the world-famous San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo Safari ParkSea World, and Legoland.

Several Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard bases are in the area. San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world with the Navy being the number one employer in the county.

San Diego is the second-largest hub of biotech companies in the United States. Many of these companies have ties to the University of California, San Diego, which is the second-largest employer in the county.

Besides UC San Diego, the county is home to other institutions of higher education such as San Diego State University (SDSU)University of San Diego (a private Catholic university), and Cal State San Marcos as well as many private colleges and universities.

Tourism is one of the major industries in the region. Besides typical attractions, San Diego hosts many conventions, including Comic-Con. Many cruise ships are either homeported in San Diego or stop at the port as part of their cruise. Over a hundred cruise ships make port calls to San Diego each year and some ship lines homeport in San Diego.

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Golden Hill

Golden Hill is one of San Diego’s most historic and architecturally electric neighborhoods. Many of the homes and apartments were built before or around the 1900s. The area is located south of Balboa Park, north of Sherman Heights/US Highway 94, and east of downtown. Many residents walk to nearby attractions in downtown, including City College, and parts of Balboa Park. Also located in Golden Hills is the Women’s History Museum and Educational Center, one of the few comprehensive women’s history museums in the United States.

The neighborhood is home to one elementary school, Golden Hill Elementary School.

Mount Hope

Mount Hope is an ethnically diverse neighborhood located in the Southeastern portion of San Diego and is bordered by State Route 94 to the north, Interstate 805 to the East, Interstate 15 to the West and Imperial Avenue to the South. The Mount Hope neighborhood acquired its name after the large municipal Mount Hope Cemetery. The cemetery was built in 1869 and today encompasses approximately 115 acres.

Mount Hope, also known as Mt. Hope, is comprised of residential, industrial, commercial and cemetery use. Also located in the neighborhood is the Greenwood Cemetery, home to the Cathedral Mausoleum built in 1919 and grew to be the world’s largest single building mausoleum.

Mount Hope has one elementary school, Chavez Elementary.

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North Park

North Park is a neighborhood bordered by Interstate 8 to the north, Interstate 805 & 15 to the east, Balboa Park and South Park to the south, and Texas Street & Park Boulevard to the west.

North Park is a mix of architectural styles including turn of the century Craftsman Bungalows and California Bungalows located in the area near Morley Field in Balboa Park.

Residents in the neighborhood can easily walk to many of the trendy restaurants, independent shops, small businesses, nightclubs, and art galleries. The neighborhood is also home to many outdoor festivals and events.

North Park is well-known among locals for its craft beers and brewpubs. Many of the breweries in the neighborhood offer award-winning beers.

North Park is home to one elementary school, Garfield Elementary School, and a private Catholic high school for young men, St. Augustine High School.

Oak Park

Oak Park, a neighborhood located in the Southeast of San Diego County, is transforming itself into an urban culture hub due to its diversity and location near San Diego State University. The neighborhood is bounded to the north by Chollas Parkway, Streamview Drive, and College Ave; by Euclid Avenue to the West; and State Route 94 to the South and Southeast.

Oak Park is comprised of single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, and Navy and is considered a stable and well-established community. Its diversity is generally represented by San Diego’s diversity.

The community is home to Chollas Lake Park with a youth fishing lake and several walking trails. The lake was originally created as a reservoir and has developed into a community recreation center.

Oak Park is also home to a large shopping mall, The Marketplace at the Grove with anchor stores like Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, and Kohl’s. SDSU is only 4 miles from Oak Park.

The community has a fire station and library as well as two elementary schools, Oak Park Elementary and Carver Elementary School.

Redwood Village

Redwood Village is a neighborhood located in mid-city San Diego, bordered by University Avenue to the north, College Avenue to the East, Streamview Drive to the South, and 54th Street to the West.

The neighborhood was previously named Darnell but in 2007 residents voted to change the name to Redwood Village.

The area is mainly residential with a few businesses located along University Avenue.

South Park

South Park is a neighborhood located north of Golden Hill, west of Interstate 15, south of North Park, and east of Balboa Park. The neighborhood is truly diverse in ethnicity, age, income, and sexual orientation.

South Park has been considered one of the historically significant neighborhoods in San Diego and is being proposed as a historic region. The neighborhood has a large collection of California Bungalows and Spanish Colonial Revival-style homes built between 1905 and 1930.

Residents can easily walk the tree lined streets to cafes, grocery stores, art galleries, churches, breweries, and many other small businesses.

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