Chula Vista means "Beautiful View" in Spanish due to its scenic location between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills. It is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area as well as the 7th largest city in Southern California. The city is found in the South Bay region of the metropolitan area in the U.S. State of California. Located just 7 miles (11 km) from downtown San Diego and 7 miles (11 km) from the Mexican border, the city is at the center of one of the richest economic and culturally diverse zones in the United States: the Southern Border. Based on California Department of Finance estimates for January 1, 2007, the city's population was 227,723. Founded in the early 1800s, Chula Vista is growing at a fast pace. As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has quickly become a destination popular to many tourists. Located in the city is one of Americas few year-round United States Olympic Training centers. Popular tourist destinations include Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Knott's Soak City USA, the Chula Vista marina, the Chula Vista Nature Center as well as golf courses and the region’s newest lifestyle center.