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Economic Impact

The Port of San Diego is a vital economic engine for the San Diego region, generating jobs and strengthening the local economy at a steadily increasing rate that continually helps fuel the region's prosperity and remarkable way of life.

view of the port from the bay

A Regional Economic Engine

In 2017, the Port’s overall economic impact was $9.4 billion, a 22 percent jump in four years and a 13 percent increase over two years, according to the latest report. Through a multiplier effect, about 70,000 jobs in San Diego County (approximately one in 30) are generated by the Port. More than 44,000 of those are on the Port’s waterfront and include ship- and boat- building and repair, cargo handling, tourism and hospitality jobs.

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The Port cares for 34 miles of waterfront, comprising about 2,403 acres of land and 3,535 of water.

There are nearly 800 businesses located on the Port’s dynamic waterfront, including: 

  • San Diego Convention Center 
  • 2 cargo terminals 
  • 2 cruise terminals 
  • 17 major hotels and resorts 
  • 20 marinas and yacht clubs 
  • 70 restaurants 

The Port of San Diego is committed to building a prosperous future by fostering a “Renaissance on the Bay” through life-enhancing infrastructure and community improvement projects and support of commerce, an innovative blue economy and the environment.