Chula Vista 1Chula Vista is a major city located in the San Diego Metropolitan Area, in San Diego County, California. At almost 244,000 residents, Chula Vista is the second-largest city in the San Diego metro area, and ranks as the 14th-largest city in the state of California. Founded in the late 19th century, Chula Vista began as a five-thousand acre land grant from the U.S. government to settlers in the area. Early development came from the irrigation channels laid out in the 1880’s, and the completion of the Sweetwater Dam, which is still in use today. Chula Vista is one of the fastest-growing cities in the San Diego area, with several new developments, both commercial and residential, having broken ground since 2010. The city’s expansion even led it into the running for a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League, though the team removed Chula Vista from its list of potential stadium sites in 2011.

Basic Facts About Chula Vista

  • Current population: 243,900
  • Current mayor: Cheryl Cox
  • Total area: 52 sq mi
  • Official website:
  • Located in: San Diego County
  • Founded in: 1911 (incorporated)
  • Zip codes: 91909-91915, 91921
  • Area codes: 626

Auto Transport Tips and Tricks to Chula Vista

Chula Vista sits south of San Diego proper, and is easily accessible via Interstate 5, which is actually good news because it sits along a major interstate corridor in southern California, which means that auto shippers will have an easier time getting in and out of the city. It also sits along I-805, which runs through the eastern portions of the city and can also help keep costs lower.

However, Chula Vista sits along a north-south interstate that ends at the border with Mexico, which sits roughly 10 miles or less away from the southern borders of Chula Vista. This means that any auto shipper running into Chula Vista will have to just turn around, which is something they really don’t like doing. It wastes their fuel, you see, and unless the load is paying enough to compensate for basically wasting fuel, they generally won’t take freight to or from the city. This is why transporting to and from the city itself is more expensive than San Diego, just to the north, despite the advantage of sitting along an interstate.

Not all is lost, though. Keep in mind that Chula Vista sits just south of San Diego proper, which is a major auto transport hub. You could easily reroute your pickup or delivery location to San Diego instead, and your representative will be able to help you with that. You’d likely see a drop in price and, depending on where the carrier are at, a decreased pickup window as a result of moving your pickup or delivery location just a few miles north. That way, carriers don’t have to waste time going down just to turn right back around.

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Chula Vista Zip Codes Include:

91909, 91910, 91911, 91912, 91913, 91914, 91915, 91921