San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

The San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos Metro area is comprised of San Diego county right along the border of California and Mexico.

The greater San Diego Metropolitan area is bordered by both Mexico, and the Pacific ocean. The metro area is a single county area located in San Diego county which is the 5th largest county in the United States. The population of San Diego county has been on a consistent rise over the past fifteen years with an average 1.9% population growth per year.

Although San Diego county is made of primarily urban areas, it boasts the most farms among an urban area in the United States. It also boasts the highest output of avocados of any city in the country. San Diego has an amazing climate, and combines a great urban culture with a down to earth rural feel that makes it a welcoming place for anybody to live in.

Total Population: 3,299,521

(An increase of 6.6 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 709,270
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,048,980

Quick Facts

  • San Diego is the second largest city in California and the seventh largest city in the country.

  • San Diego has over 7,000 farms, which is the most in one city in America.

  • The greater San Diego area has the 2nd highest Iraqi population in the United States.

  • The Masjidul Taqwa mosque is the first Mosque built on the West Coast.

  • San Diego was the site of the first European settlement on the West Coast.

  • Approximately 28% of San Diego's population is foreign-born.

  • San Diego accepts over 3,500 refugees each year and is one of the primary refugee destinations in the United States.


San Diego has roots as a European colony, and in the majority of its early history was a predominately white city. There are still remnants of these European immigrants and their effects found throughout the city in the large Euro-American populations that are present. However, in recent years the foreign-born population has steadily began to grow. With a large amount of immigrants from Latin and east Asian countries, as well as refugees from Africa and southeast Asia, San Diego is becoming a mix of ethnic cultures.

The largest ethnic group in San Diego is Latin American, the majority of which come from Mexico due to the city's close proximity to the Mexican border. However, the fastest growing people groups in the greater San Diego area are from Asia. With a large amount of people immigrating from countries like China, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the Asian population in San Diego is growing at a very steady rate, and having a large amount of influence on the city as well.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Arab, SyrianSyriaArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,200
BraoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism100
KyrgyzKyrgyzstanTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni60
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism46,624
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia16,591
SomaliSomaliaHorn of AfricaIslam15,000
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism13,942
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism12,165
Gujarati (Hindu)IndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism7,746
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoArab WorldIslam - Sunni3,115
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,974
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada2,378
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam2,288
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelArab WorldIslam1,610
Jew, IsraeliIsraelJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism1,246
TurkTurkeyTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,176
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam1,008
Arab, Jordanian (Muslim)JordanArab WorldIslam499
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic88,474
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism17,850
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant14,931
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic9,690
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox8,778