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Location: Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) is located in San Diego, CA.  Comprised of over 2,000 land acres, NBSD's mission is to deliver the highest standard of support and quality of life services to the Fleet, Fighter and Family. Naval Base San Diego homepage.

BRAC Status: Increase of nearly 1,200 military and civilian personnel.

Cost of Living: Above the U.S. National Average

Base Operator: 619-556-1011 or DSN 312-526-1011.

Population: Naval Base San Diego is the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet, consisting of 60 Navy ships, 2 Coast Guard cutters and home base to 150 commands.

Area Population:  3,317,749 in San Diego County

Child Care:  Child Care: There are Child Development Centers, Child Development Homes, School-Age Care Programs, and Youth and Teen Programs throughout metro San Diego, on the installations and in the surrounding community. Please visit or call 855-696-2934 for more information.

Schools: There are no DoD Schools in the San Diego area. In all, San Diego County has 47 independent school districts. The school your child attends is determined by where you live. If you live in the city of San Diego contact the San Diego Unified School District. To find the name of the public schools serving your area if you live outside the city of San Diego contact the San Diego County Office of Education. For more information on schools and transferring, you may also contact a School Liaison Officer (please link the words “School Liaison Officer” to this URL -

Youth Services:  Child & Youth Programs offer a variety of youth and teen programs. In addition, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) offer programs throughout the year for teens and youth. Call 858-268-2828 for more information.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 619-556-7404, DSN 312-526-7404

Housing: San Diego's Military Housing Welcome Center offers personalized housing services to help with temporary and long-term apartment, condo, and home rentals, in addition to home buying counseling. All military personnel, unaccompanied and accompanied, their families, and DoD employees are eligible for these services. Call 619-556-8443 or visit the Metro San Diego Family Housing Center, located onboard Naval Base San Diego at 2625 LeHardy Street, Bldg 3544, San Diego, CA 92136. You may also visit the Navy Housing website.

Employment: For employment opportunities on base installations in the area visit the MWR website. Unemployment Rate 4.8% (Bureau of Labor Statistics - CA). Median Household Income $61,818 (

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  Naval Medical Center San Diego, 619-532-6400 and Naval Dental Center 619-524-4487. Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is the largest and most technologically advanced military medical facility in the world. Services provided by NMCSD are available to nearly half a million people in the San Diego area.

Special Messages from Installation: San Diego is a high cost of living area, especially in terms of real estate. Help in managing high costs is available through the FFSC which offers a variety of financial classes including budgeting, home buying and investing classes.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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