National City 1National City is located in San Diego County, California, just south of San Diego proper and just north of Chula Vista. National City is the second-oldest city in San Diego County, having been founded in the 1840’s, originally as a Spanish rancho. The city itself was first plotted in the 1850’s and by the 1870’s National City had several railroads linking it to the rest of the country, allowing the area to flourish. Today, the city is home to over 58,000 residents, and is a major tourist destination. Not only that, but National City is also the home of Naval Base San Diego, a major naval base on the west coast. This gives National City a more military-type feel, at least on the western side of town, and it is also a major boon to the economy, with all the servicemen and women stationed there.

Basic Facts About National City

  • Current population: 58,500
  • Current mayor: Ron Morrison
  • Total area: 9.1 sq mi
  • Official website:
  • Located in: San Diego County
  • Founded in: 1868
  • Zip codes: 91950
  • Area codes: 619

Tips for Auto Transport to and from National City

National City sits just south of San Diego, and with its proximity you probably won’t see much of a difference in price between it, San Diego and even Chula Vista. However, being located so close to San Diego will likely help your overall price; San Diego is a popular auto transport location, though the area is generally a bit more expensive than Los Angeles, about a hundred miles north, due to how far southwest it is from much of the rest of the country.

National City, however, is mainly suburban, and surrounded by other San Diego bedroom cities, so that can only help your cause. Something else that will help keep your prices low and pickup windows short is the fact that both Interstate 5 and a major auxiliary of it, Interstate 805, both run north-south through the city, linking to other major interstates in San Diego to the north and east. This helps auto shippers quickly get into and out of National City, which should also be easy to navigate.

The Naval Base can be a great area to pickup and deliver your vehicle as well. Not on the base itself, of course; that’s something that has to be cleared by military personnel, so unless you’re actually shipping to the base you can’t ship it into the base proper. However, there are plenty of auxiliary parking lots and the like surrounding the base, particularly just west of Interstate 5, that could suffice. Talk to your representative and probably the driver of your carrier too to figure out the best area to pickup or deliver your vehicle.

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