Study finds San Diego second-best city for conventions
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A financial advising website Thursday ranked San Diego as the second-best city in the country for conferences.
SmartAsset’s fourth annual study of the best cities for conferences was based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 County Business Patterns Survey, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Database, Google Maps and Hotels.com’s Hotel Price Index.
Among the 25-best cities, San Diego ranked first in driving distance from the airport to the city center and second for low crime rate. San Diego’s 377 violent crimes per 100,000 residents was second only to Irving, Texas, which had 216 crimes per 100,000 residents.
“San Diego ranks well, because its airport is both close to downtown and easy to reach,” said SmartAsset data journalist Derek Miller. “This city ranks first for airport distance and fourth in travel time to airport. This city also has plenty of lodging options, including 18 large hotels making it a good location for larger conferences.”
San Diego ranked second overall behind San Antonio, Texas, for the second consecutive year and has never ranked lower than third. Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Las Vegas rounded out the top five cities. San Antonio has ranked first all four years that SmartAsset has conducted the study, according to Miller.
“The Alamo City has it all: plenty of hotels, along with lots of dining and entertainment options. And all of that is located in a city that won’t break your savings account,” Miller said.