Introduction to Chula Vista, California
Incorporated in 1911, Chula Vista is the 19th largest city in California. The city is home to approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It lies within the metropolitan area of San Diego which has a population of about 3 million people. Chula Vista is located 15 miles south of San Diego and borders the bay named for that city.
The Kumeyaay Indians lived here for hundreds of years before the Spanish claimed this land in 1542. Chula Vista and surrounding communities are on the land once granted by Spain in 1795 known as Rancho del Rey. It was used for cattle grazing by Mexico, which renamed it Rancho del la Nation in 1831.
Precipitation averages 10 inches per year. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of 3 days of the year. August average daily high and low temperatures are 78.3 and 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 68.5 and 46.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although the city is best known for being a bedroom community, some large employers are located in Chula Vista, such as Goodrich Aerostructures and Scripps Memorial Hospital.
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:
- The Chula Vista Heritage Museum
- The Onstage Playhouse
- The San Diego Junior Theatre
- The Chula Vista Nature Center
- The ARCO Olympic Training Center
- The Coors Amphitheatre
- Knotts Soak City USA
- Professional sports teams in the San Diego area
- Many other attractions in the San Diego metropolitan area