Central County Inland Communities
San Diego is the second largest city in California with a population, in 2008, of 1,336,865 and the eighth largest city in the United States. In 2005 the City of San Diego population was 28 percent Latino American, 7 percent African American, 15 percent of Asian American ethnicities, 45 percent of Euro-American ethnicities, less than one percent for American Indian and Hawaiian and Pacific Islander. The City of San Diego is located along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.
The city of San Diego has deep canyons and hills separating its mesas, creating small pockets of natural parkland scattered throughout the city and thus giving San Diego a hilly geography. The same canyons give parts of the city a highly segmented feel, creating literal gaps between otherwise proximal neighborhoods and contributing to a low-density, car-centered built environment.
The City of San Diego is home to the U.S. Marines (since 1923) and Navy (since 1919). The city is also home to the Chargers football team (since 1961) and the Padres baseball team (since 1936). Downtown a visitor will find the world renown Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego in the City of San Diego. The San Diego International Airport is in the downtown area and a major downtown entertainment and shopping spot can be found at the Gaslamp Quarter.
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