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Our Economy

With breakthrough technology companies and research organizations, the largest military concentration in the world and a strong tourism industry, the San Diego region has one of the most diverse, dynamic economies in the country.

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Leading the country in game-changing innovation and technology

Recognized as one of the leading high-tech hubs in the U.S., San Diego's innovation economy is anchored by established life science, communications, cleantech and software industries fueled by a collaborative culture and sophisticated support systems focused on commercializing research and growing entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies.

Cleantech Technology Genomics Life Sciences Medical Devices


Aerospace Cybersecurity

Manufacturing Sports & Active Lifestyle

Unmanned Systems


San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world

San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. It is homeport to more than 60 percent of the ships in the U.S. Pacific Fleet and more than one-third of the combat power of the U.S. Marine Corps. The defense industry represents one out of every five jobs in the region and includes leaders in unmanned vehicles, robotics, cybersecurity and shipbuilding.



San Diego's convention and visitor industry is the third largest industry in San Diego

San Diego is one of the top 10 visitor and meeting destinations in the U.S., with a growing sector focused on arts and culture. More than 35 million people visit San Diego each year. Many of San Diego's business leaders first visited the region as a tourist or convention delegate.



San Diego offers some of the most state-of-the-art healthcare in the country

San Diego's local economy accounts for 50 percent of the regional economy and includes healthcare, retailers and restaurants, and sophisticated professional and business service providers with deep expertise in our technology sectors. San Diego offers state-of-the-art healthcare and is considered a leader in technology-driven health innovation, including the emerging field of wireless health.

Craft Beer  Manufacturing


San Diego's higher education institutions conduct groundbreaking research

San Diego's six universities and more than 80 research institutes conduct groundbreaking research, train the region's workforce, and provide a workforce and technology infrastructure that enables the region to compete for investment and jobs on a global level.

Research Institutions Higher Education