Rightfully deemed “America’s Finest City”, San Diego is much more than just beautiful beaches and balmy weather. The country’s 8th largest city has recently been named one of the best cities to find a job in a 2019 study by WalletHub. As if our growing job market and sunny weather are not enough, here are eight reasons why you should take a job in San Diego!
8. Comic Con
Imagine a world where Darth Vader and Storm Troopers eat a meal with Jon Snow and The Power Puff Girls. That world exists once a year in the streets of downtown San Diego as the world flocks to the largest Comic and Entertainment Convention in North America- more simply known as “Comic-Con”. Each year, a large range of popular culture directors and stars spanning across television, video game, film, and comic book industries reveal the biggest news for the upcoming year. With more than 130,000 people attending annually, it’s a can’t miss event right in our backyard.
7. Innovation is on the Rise
Beyond being known for its beautiful landscapes, San Diego continues to transform its identity through the recent influx of innovative business,- Illumina, Qualcomm, and Amazon, to name a few- creating an ever-growing technology hub. In addition, each year the city fosters San Diego Startup Week, a week-long conference of panels, networking, workshops, and more, highlighting the progressive startup community in San Diego. With different focuses including technology, marketing, nonprofit, and entrepreneurship, current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs alike are sure to find a topic that fits their interest. From award winning companies to renowned universities to city-wide networking events, San Diego cultivates transformation for all.
Check out when the Startup Crawl made a stop at UE.co!
6. Top 5- Most Dog-Friendly City
It’s no coincidence that San Diego’s major league baseball team, The Padres, play at Petco Park. Dogs are everywhere, and many businesses and offices (like UE.co!) allow dogs the freedom to join in on the work day. Even better, San Diego encourages residents to dine with their pups, offering over 180 B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Dog) friendly restaurants. Working and eating with your dog isn’t enough? How about catching a few waves with your pup by your side- San Diego’s Dog Surf Competitions are a must-see event, always located at one of the five dog beaches in the area.
5. Balboa Park
Over 1,200 acres of forest, 15+ museums, Japanese friendship and botanical gardens, beautiful walking paths, 14 café eateries, and the famous San Diego Zoo make up the landmark of Balboa Park. With so many activities in one location, you can spend days at the park and still have things left to see. Take a trip during the holiday season to experience a mile-long haunted trail that gives visitors a fright for the month of October, or celebrate the world’s unique holiday traditions (for free!) through international treats and performances at December Nights. There is always something to see here!
4. Tacos Galore
San Diego knows food, there is no doubt about that. Leave your chain restaurants at the door, please! Here, citizens argue over claims of best tacos in San Diego, when in reality most corner shops could top anywhere else in the country. Fish tacos (the most sought after meal in San Diego), carne asada tacos, ceviche tacos, cactus tacos, and even avocado tacos- all are welcomed here. If you are more of a burrito lover? Try the California burrito that originated in San Diego, with french fries tucked right inside. Another amazing thing to note; after a night out in the Gaslamp District or a day of Brewery Tours, many taco shops are open late or even 24 hours, so you can get your fix when it hits best.
3. Craft Beer Capital
Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Stone Brewery, and Karl Strauss all call America’s Finest City home, along with 130+ additional distinguished breweries. Next to tacos and surf, San Diego is serious about its brews. Some neighborhoods, like NorthPark, have become a mecca for craft brewing, dedicating an entire street solely for beer lovers. If you love beer as much as we do in San Diego, take part in this year’s SD Beer Week, showcasing the region’s best craft creations in a week-long celebration throughout the city. Beyond beer, San Diego also makes strides in the hard kombucha industry with local favorites like JuneShine. If you take a job in San Diego, don’t be surprised if your office has local brews on tap or monthly happy hours at the local watering hole; it’s the San Diego way.
2. There’s a Spot for Everyone
San Diego comes in at the eighth-largest city in the country, but the diversity of our neighborhoods creates a feeling of home for anyone and everyone. Stretching from Orange County all the way towards the border of Mexico, each stop in between has something unique to offer. If you prefer waking up to the sound of waves and the crisp ocean air, consider the neighborhoods of La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, or Mission Beach for a home near the sand. Enjoy walking to your job? The neighborhoods of Little Italy, Marina District, or University Heights are favored for drinking, shopping, and food lovers, all within walking distance of popular business destinations. If you crave the fast pace of a city, the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village are growing scenes for the urban lifestyle. Explore some of San Diego’s distinctive communities to find your home!
1. Its Famous Climate
With over 180 days of 70-degree weather each year, there is a reason that San Diego is known for its long-lasting sunshine and everyday beach climate. While most of the country rests inside for the winter months, San Diego residents spend December days walking along the shoreline or enjoying dinners on the patio. For those who find themselves yearning for the winter season, just hop in the car for a short two-hour trip towards Big Bear, where you can enjoy snowboarding, skiing, and plenty more chilled activities. And, for the summer days when it inches towards the 80s, head to any of the beautiful beaches along our 17-mile coastline.