5 Facts About San Diego You Might Not Know
California's second largest city, home to a unique and inspired FIDM campus, has racked up a series of accolades in recent months.
You probably already know about San Diego's beautiful beaches and world famous attractions such as Comic-Con and the San Diego Zoo, but here are some fresh facts and figures you might be surprised to hear:
It's Incredibly Eco-Friendly: San Diego was recently ranked the “greenest city” in the United States, narrowly beating out San Francisco, in a new report by WalletHub. The financial information website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability.
Startups Thrive Here: A 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report named San Diego the fourth-best city for startups and San Diego came in fifth in the U.S. for cities with the fastest-growing private companies according to Inc.'s annual Inc. 5000 list. Biz2Credit recently named S.D. the ninth best city in the country to start a small business.
Leads Nation in Income Growth: According to data released by the Census Bureau, the San Diego area turned in the best performance in U.S. personal income growth. San Diego's median household income increased to $76,207, jumping 5.4 percent and finishing first among 50 metropolitan areas studied.
It's Data-Driven and Efficient: Governing magazine’s annual “Equipt to Innovate” report ranked San Diego first in the nation in using data to improve performance and efficiency. It also recognized San Diego as one of the top five cities in the U.S. for being "resident-involved, employee-engaged, and smartly resourced."
There's a High Quality of Life: San Diego is the nation’s fifth best big city to live in according to a study released by WalletHub that used 56 metrics, such as public school system quality, job opportunities, and median annual property taxes, to compile its “2018 Best Big Cities to Live In” list. The country’s 62 largest cities were evaluated.
Located in the bustling East Village and walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter, the award-winning FIDM San Diego boasts a unique downtown coastal location designed by architect Clive Wilkinson. The colorful and modern campus overlooks Petco Park, which has a 2.7-acre dog-friendly neighborhood park.