Military in San Diego

San Diego’s military history is closely intertwined with the city’s growth and development. The military presence has had a significant impact on the local economy, culture, and community, making it an integral part of the city’s identity.

There are more than 115,000 active-duty service members in San Diego.  These active-duty service members are split roughly evenly between the Navy and the Marine Corps. The largest installations are:

As the home port for approximately 24% of all Navy vessels and 17% of the Navy’s active-duty personnel, San Diego has one of the largest naval personnel concentrations in the country. In addition to that, San Diego is home to approximately one-third of the U.S. Marine Corps active-duty force.






Military's Impact in San Diego


activity-duty service members are stationed in San Diego

1 out of 6

active-duty Sailors are stationed in San Diego

1 out of 4

active-duty Marines are stationed in San Diego


veterans call San Diego home

$52.6 B

is the economic impact of military


defense related jobs locally