San Diego, named after St. Didacus, is the second-largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States. San Diego’s economy is largely composed of agriculture, biotechnology and biosciences, computer sciences, electronics manufacturing, defense-related manufacturing, financial and business services, ship repair and construction, software development, telecommunications and tourism.
Tourism has drastically affected the city’s culture, as San Diego houses many tourist attractions, such as SeaWorld San Diego, Belmont Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and nearby Legoland California.
San Diego’s Spanish influence can be seen in the many historic sites across the city, such as the Spanish missions and Balboa Park. Cuisine in San Diego is diverse and includes European-American, Mexican-American and Asian-American cuisine. Annual events in San Diego include Comic-Con, the San Diego County Fair and Fleet Week.
Many popular museums, such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man and the Museum of Photographic Arts, are in Balboa Park. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is in an oceanfront building in La Jolla and has a branch across and next to the Santa Fe Train Depot in downtown San Diego. The Columbia district downtown is home to historic ship exhibits as well as the USS Midway Museum, which is aboard the aircraft carrier.
The broad city limits encompass a number of large nature preserves, including Torrey Pines State Reserve, Border Field State Park and Mission Trails Regional Park. San Diego boasts over 100 named areas and suburbs within the city limits and hosts Naval Base San Diego, the West Coast’s largest naval base. Located close to the naval arena, downtown San Diego has experienced some urban renewal since the early 1980s. This has resulted in the revival of the Gaslamp Quarter and the construction of the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, which opened in 2004.