SAN DIEGO, CA

San Diego is sometimes called the “Birthplace of California,” as it was one of the first places settled by Europeans.

It lived up to this moniker in many other ways, as when new residents moved to California in the 1950s, they filled all available land with sprawling, single-family houses. It is continuing to live up to its nickname today as well – with few good places on the periphery for new developments, developers are again turning their attention downtown. The only realistic way to house new residents is to build in higher density. San Diego has embraced this trend wholeheartedly. The city is in serious need of new housing, and the residential sector makes up more than half of all new construction. In a few years, it will need new schools, healthcare projects, roads, and everything else that makes a neighborhood a neighborhood. These will keep the market growing through the 2020s. The construction labor force here has grown steadily in anticipation. This should, fortunately, keep labor costs from changing too much in the coming years.

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* Other structures include religious buildings, amusement, government communications, and public recreation projects.
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