Life in our city
Welcome to San Diego, the second largest city in California and the eighth largest in the United States. Surrounded by beaches, mountains and deserts, San Diego has something to offer everyone. Our city isn't just a hotbed of health and biotech, it's a beautiful place to be. Come explore why we love where we work and live.
Despite its size, San Diego maintains a relaxed atmosphere, offering the urban diversity of larger cities, access to quieter suburban living and the option to maintain a rural lifestyle in close proximity to employment centers. There are more than 100 neighborhoods in the county, offering many different unique cultures.
La Jolla, the area of San Diego in which Sanford Burnham Prebys campus is located, is 12 miles north of downtown San Diego. La Jolla is home to Torrey Pines Mesa, a world-renowned center for life sciences. La Jolla spans across miles of curving coastlines and encompasses Torrey Pines State Park. The Park, which partially surrounds the Institute, is home to the nation's rarest pine tree—the Torrey Pine. La Jolla also includes Torrey Pines State Beach, the Cove, Seal Rock and Children's Pool Beach – which offer a variety of beach and water activities from beach volley ball to kayaking, snorkeling, seal watching and more.
Regardless of where you choose to live, the sun will shine on you for more than half the year. San Diego enjoys mild seasons, with an average daily coastal temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and an average rainfall of only 9.5 inches. During the winter months—typically November through February—daytime temperatures average in the 60s, dropping into the 50s and 40s at night. The summer months, which stretch from mid-May to October, average 76 degrees during the day. The evenings are mild and warm, with an average of 64 degrees at night.