Home Sweet Home: 15 Things About San Diego
by Derek Li
- The last time it snowed in San Diego was on December 13th, 1967. In fact, Carlsbad accumulated nearly two inches of snow that day.
- San Diego has had two NBA teams, the Rockets (1967-1971) and the Clippers (1978-1984), both of which moved to Houston and Los Angeles respectively. Evidently, San Diego was and still isn’t a basketball city.
- San Diego is a relatively new and fast-growing city. In 1850, only around 500 people lived here. Now, there are more than 1.4 million people, making San Diego the 8th most populated US city.
- Famous people that live in San Diego include Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft), Tony Hawk (famous skateboarder), Janet Jackson (singer), and many more.
- San Diego is one of the U.S military’s most important bases. Camp Pendleton and Miramar act as major Western bases for the Marine Corps, and Downtown is home to one of the U.S Navy’s largest bases. In fact, the Navy employs nearly 30,000 people in San Diego, making it the single largest employer of the city.
- San Diego has one of the most expensive housing markets in America. In fact, in June of 2017, the median home price was nearly $550,000. Not only that, but average home prices are still increasing at a very fast rate.
- San Diego grows more avocados than any other city in the US (millennials can rejoice).
- WD-40, a product famous for fixing jammed screws and squeaky doors, was invented and is currently headquartered in San Diego.
- The only major hurricane to ever hit San Diego was back in 1858. Winds reached speeds of up to 80 mph and the storm dumped widespread rain onto the city.
- The first panda ever born in the USA was born in the San Diego Zoo in 1990. To this day, the San Diego Zoo is still famous for its pandas.
- San Diego’s airport used to be called Lindbergh Field. It was named after Charles Lindbergh, who flew solo from San Diego to Paris via New York back in 1927. He was the first man to fly directly across the Atlantic between the US and Europe.
- San Diego’s tallest building is only 500 feet tall, and it’s located in Downtown. This is because the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) had to limit the height of buildings in the the city’s Downtown due to its proximity to the airport and the many airplanes flying close to the densely populated area.
- San Diego is one of America’s most important agricultural cities. In fact, the city has around 7,000 farms, which is more than any other city in the US.
- When the iconic Coronado Bridge was opened in 1969, Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across it.
- The University of California, San Diego library is named after Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), and is home to the collection of his books in the whole country. Dr. Seuss resided in San Diego in his later years.