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San Diego is a major city and the second largest city in the state of California. It is the eighth largest city in the United States. Its nicknames are America’s Finest City, City in Motion, Sun Dog, Plymouth of the West, and Silicon Beach.
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Key Facts & Information
- Size: 372.39 square miles
- Population: Approximately 1.3 million
- San Diego is in Southern California.
- It is located on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.
- San Diego is precisely 120 miles south of Los Angeles and alongside the border of Mexico.
- The highest point in San Diego is Cowles Mountain, which reaches 1,591 feet high.
- The lowest point is sea level (0 feet).
- San Diego’s climate is influenced by the Pacific Ocean air.
- It has what is called a “Mediterranean” climate.
- Summer and autumn are hot and dry, and winters are cool. Snow and ice are rare during winter time.
- San Diego is Spanish for Saint Didacus, who was a Catholic saint and a Spaniard.
- San Diego was dubbed as the “birthplace of California” because it was the first European settlement on the West Coast.
- Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to step foot on San Diego, declared that he found San Diego Bay in 1542 which is around 200 years before the Europeans lived there. However, the Kumeyaay people (Native Americans) already resided in the region 12,000 years before the Europeans.
- In 1821, Mexico became independent from the Spanish territory which made San Diego a part of the Mexican territory.
- The United States battled against Mexico in 1846 over Alta California.
- San Diego formally became a part of the United States in 1848 under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
- The original town of San Diego was situated at the lower part of Presidio Hill. This is the area which is now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
- In the 1860s, Alonzo Horton suggested to the people that they should move to the bay area. He called the area New Town. This area is now known as Downtown San Diego.
- People and businesses agreed to move to the new location because shipping there was advantageous.
America’s Finest City
- San Diego is where the most beautiful beaches and the most perfect weather in America can be found.
- San Diego residents are known as and are believed to be the most laid back and friendliest in the United States.
- Former US president Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across the Coronado Bridge in San Diego when it was opened to the public in 1969.
- San Diego produces the most avocados in the entire US.
- San Diego owns the Birch Aquarium at Scripps which is known as the biggest oceanographic museum in the United States.
- San Diego is home to The Giant Dipper. This is a wooden roller coaster located in Belmont Park on Mission Beach. This is the only roller coaster in the US that got its name onto the National Register of Historic Places.
- Located in San Diego are 7,000 farms, which is the largest number of farms in the United States.
- The biggest collection of original Dr. Seuss books can be found in San Diego’s Geisel Library in La Jolla. Ted Geisel was often referred to as Dr. Seuss.
- Two famous skateboarders originated from San Diego, namely Shaun White and Tony Hawk. San Diego is undoubtedly a skaters paradise.
- The Star of India is the world’s oldest active sailing ship, and is located in the port of San Diego.
- From the 1930s to 1970s, San Diego was hailed the tuna capital of the world.
- San Diego is the home to the oldest wooden structure in the USA and the first to present an electrically-lit outdoor Christmas tree in 1904, which was the Hotel Del Coronado.
- The first drive-in restaurant, named Oscar’s, was opened in San Diego. In 1951, Robert Oscar Peterson, the man who owned this restaurant, was also the same man who opened the fast food chain Jack in the Box.
- Over 200 cruise ships land in the San Diego port every year.
- La Jolla in San Diego used to have houses constructed strictly for small people called the “munchkin houses.”
- Balboa Park is the location of San Diego zoo, many art galleries, artist studios, museums, and gardens.
- San Diego is the home to the well-known animal theme park called SeaWorld.
- San Diego is also home to a deep port where a large active naval fleet located near the USS Midway. USS Midway used to be an aircraft carrier but is now a museum that is open to the public.
San Diego Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about San Diego across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use San Diego worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the San Diego which is a major city and the second largest city in the state of California. It is the eighth largest city in the United States. Its nicknames are America’s Finest City, City in Motion, Sun Dog, Plymouth of the West, and Silicon Beach.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- San Diego Facts
- Where’s San Diego?
- Thumbs Up or Down
- Keyword Narrative
- Significant People
- Home To
- San Diego Spots
- Record Breaking
- Southern Pride
- Snaps Diego
- A Day in San Diego
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