San Diego Communities
There are right around one hundred named areas within the county of San Diego.
In the Northern area:
Carmel Valley, Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, La Jolla Village, Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park, North Clairemont, Pacific Beach, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, University City.
Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar, Miramar Ranch North, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual Valley,Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Highlands.
Allied Gardens, Birdland, Del Cerro, Grantville, Kearny Mesa, Lake Murray, Mission Valley East, San Carlos, Serra Mesa, Tierrasanta
Burlingame, Hillcrest, Linda Vista, Midtown, Midway, Mission Hills, Mission Valley West, Morena, North Park, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Pacific Beach, Point Loma (including Roseville-Fleetridge, Shelter Island, Sunset Cliffs, La Playa and the Wooded Area), University Heights
Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan, City Heights, Downtown (Columbia, Core, Cortez Hill, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Horton, Little Italy, College West, Darnall, El Cerrito, Gateway, Kensington, Normal Heights, North Park, Oak Park, Talmadge, Alvarado Estates
Encanto, Golden Hill, Paradise Hills, Skyline
Nestor, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Tijuana River Valley.
The Cuyamaca and Laguna are to the east of the city, and after the mountain areas there is desert areas. Cleveland National Forest is about a half-hour drive from downtown San Diego.
Several farms are found in the valleys northeast and southeast of the city.
San Diego County has one of the highest counts of animal and plant species that appear on the endangered species list within counties in the United States.
The city of San Diego sits on deep canyons and hills separating its mesas, creating small areas of natural parkland all throughout the city and giving it a hill type geography. Usually San Diegans have built their homes and businesses on the flat mesas, while leaving the canyons relatively rural and wild. Thus, the canyonsgive parts of thecity a segmented feel, creating gaps between otherwise proximate neighborhoods and contributingto a low-density,car-centered built environment.
The San Diego River runs through the middle of San Diego from east to west, creating a river valley whichserves to divide the city into northern and southern segments.
Several reservoirs and Mission Trails Regional Park also lie between and separate developed areas of the city.
Downtown San Diego is right on San Diego Bay. Balboa Park sits on a mesa to the northeast, in the middle of urban communities including Hill crest to the north. The Coronado and Point Loma
peninsulas separate San Diego Bayfront the ocean. Ocean Beach is on the northwest side of PointLoma.
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are between the ocean and Mission Bay, a man made bay park.
La Jolla lies north of Pacific Beach and west of Mira Mesa.