Mission Valley, comprised of approximately 12 square miles, is for the most part contained within the boundaries of the 5, 8 and 15 freeways. Mission Valley was the home to the first Spanish settlers back in 1769. The first settlement can be visited at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Today, the majority of the more modern day homes were built between 1950 and the 1980’s. Many of the houses and multi-unit condo buildings cost significantly less than the city average, although townhouse prices tend to be representative of the city average. As for the residents, their household income levels and ages are also pretty close to the city average. Probably due to the large number of condos and apartments, there tends to be smaller households and more single people than is represented in the rest of the city.
The Green Line of the San Diego Trolley system also runs through Mission Valley. The main hub for buses is located at the Fashion Valley Transit Center and Mall.
Three major shopping malls located in Mission Valley are Fashion Valley Mall, Hazard Center Mall and Westfield Mission Valley Mall. Many other commercial developments can be found in the valley as well, including smaller shopping plazas, auto malls and vocational schools.
Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs football teams, is located in Mission Valley East near the I-8/I-15 interchange.
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