Chula Vista, CA is a vibrant city located in San Diego County, California. In the last presidential election, 60.2% of people voted for Democrats, 37.5% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.3% voted for other parties. It is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, the seventh largest city in Southern California, the fifteenth largest city in the state of California, and the 78th largest city in the United States. Interstate 5 connects Chula Vista to North County and beyond to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Northern California.
The Eastlake area of Chula Vista is a planned community built around an artificial pond. The SR 125 corridor is often referred to as Eastlake, even though it encompasses a much wider suburban region. Buildings in Chula Vista have an average of about a 27.0% chance of experiencing a flood approximately 2.1 feet deep in 30 years. Of the 79 census districts in Chula Vista, 29 have more than a quarter of buildings presenting a significant fire risk and 22 have more than half of buildings presenting a significant fire risk. Nine census districts in Chula Vista have more than half of buildings at significant risk of high tide floods, surface floods (pluvial), and river (river) floods.
The San Diego watershed, which contains Chula Vista, has experienced 735 weeks (65% of the weeks) since 2000 with part of its area affected by droughts of any level and 201 weeks (18% of the weeks) since 2000 with part of its area in extreme or exceptional drought. Fossils from aquatic life from the Jurassic period have been discovered within modern limits of Chula Vista. The Great Depression had a major impact on Chula Vista but agriculture still provided considerable income for residents. In 1821, Chula Vista became part of the newly declared Mexican Empire which was reformed as the First Mexican Republic two years later. By 2050, residents of Chula Vista are expected to experience an average of about 23.0 days a year above 85.7°F. The city is home to one of the few Olympic training centers in the United States open year-round and popular tourist destinations include Sesame Place San Diego, North Island Credit Union Amphitheater, Chula Vista Marina, and Living Coast Discovery Center.
The last citrus orchards and agricultural fields disappeared when Chula Vista became one of the largest communities in San Diego County. Chula Vista was formerly inhabited by Kumeyaay Indians before it was claimed by Spanish settlers, Mexicans, and then Americans with the creation of California as a state (1850). Highlights include the Chula Vista Heritage Museum and the Chula Vista Nature Center which has an interactive aquarium. Chula Vista is an incredible city with a rich history and diverse political climate that has been shaped by its inhabitants over time. It is also home to some amazing natural attractions that make it an ideal destination for tourists looking to explore its unique environment.