San Diego County, California

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San Diego County is a county of the United States that is located in the southwestern corner of the State of California. Hence, San Diego County is also located in the southwestern corner of the 48 contiguous United States. Both the county seat and largest city of San Diego County is City of San Diego.

The population of San Diego County was about 2,813,835 in the 2000 U.S. Census. In July 2008, an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau set its population at about 3,001,000 people, making San Diego County the third-most-populous county in California, just behind its northern neighbors Orange County and Los Angeles County.[1] Its population in 2009 was estimated at 3,208,466,[2] making it the fifth most-populous county in the United States and giving it a population greater than 20 of the 50 U.S. states.

San Diego County contains the American metropolitan statistical area of San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos. In addition, San Diego County is part of the San Diego – Tijuana metropolitan area, an area with above five million people and the largest bi-national metropolitan area shared between the United States and Mexico. San Diego County is also part of the Southern California Border Region, also referred to as the "San Diego-Imperial area", the smallest but most economically-diverse region in the state.[3]

San Diego County extends south all the way to the Mexican border, which is also the northern border of the State of Baja California and the northern city limits of the city of Tijuana, Mexico. San Diego County is bordered by Orange County and Riverside County on its north, by Imperial County, California on its east, and the Pacific Ocean on its west and southwest. San Diego County is the location of miles of fine beaches, and a mild Mediterranean to semi-arid climate.[4] Also in this county are 16 significant naval and military locations of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard, including Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and Naval Air Station North Island.

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