Ranking and Accolades

Inc. called San Diego the 2nd most inventive city in the world and one of the hottest cities for startups. Forbes thinks San Diego is one of the most fun cities in the US.

Check out some of the lifestyle and innovation rankings that our region, cities, universities, and other establishments have received. Scroll down to learn more.

  • #7 in the world for life sciences and biotech (Nature Index, 2019)
  • Within the top 3 life science clusters in the U.S. (CBRE, 2020)
  • The life sciences industry generates approximately $41 billion in economic activity and provides approximately 175,000 jobs (San Diego Union Tribune, 2020)
  •  LunaDNA named among top ten most innovative social good companies of 2020 for their work with DNA and genome sequencing. (Fast Company, 2020)
  • San Diego’s life science workforce is among the largest and best paid in California (San Diego Union Tribune, 2020)
  • University of California, San Diego Health is ranked #1 in San Diego and #9 in Pulminology, placing it among the nation’s best hospitals (UCSD Health, 2021)

  • The region’s scientific research and development cluster generates $14.4 billion in gross regional product (Research Institution Economic Impact Report, 2015)
  • San Diego’s nonprofit research institutions have a $4.6 billion impact on the regional economy – four times the annual impact of the San Diego Convention Center, 34 times the impact of Comic-Con, and 33 times the impact of the U.S. Open Golf Championship (Research Institution Economic Impact Report, 2015)
  • Independent research institutes in San Diego receive more NIH research funding and generate more patents than counterparts in any metro area of the U.S. (Research Institution Economic Impact Report, 2015)
  • San Diego has more than 41.8 million square feet of lab and R&D space – more than 3 times the total shopping mall space in the region (Research Institution Economic Impact Report, 2015)
  • UC San Diego ranked 9th among top biomedical research institutions in the world. (Nature Index, 2019)
  • Scripps continues to be the world leader in climate change research (Cleantech San Diego, 2019)