9 Facts About Bay Area

1. Since the late 1960s, the Bay Area has cemented its role as the most liberal region in California politics, giving greater support for the center-left Democratic Party's candidates than any other region of the state, even as California trended towards the Democratic Party over time.

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2. The largest bodies of water in the Bay Area are the San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun estuaries.

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3. In total, the Bay Area is traversed by seven major fault systems with hundreds of related faults, all of which are stressed by the relative motion between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate or by compressive stresses between these plates.

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4. The high rate of homelessness in the Bay Area can be attributed to the high cost of living.

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5. As of 2016, the entire Bay Area had 3.6 M jobs, and 2.6 M housing units, for a ratio of 1.4 jobs per housing unit, significantly above the ratio for the US as a whole, which stands at 1.1 jobs per housing unit.

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6. In 2016, the smaller nine-county Bay Area had a GDP of $781 billion, which nonetheless would rank it 5th among US states and 18th among countries.

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7. Since the economy of the Bay Area heavily relies on innovation and high-tech skills, a greater, educated population exists in the region.

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8. Outside of major league sports, the Bay Area is home to eight minor league teams.

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9. San Francisco Bay Area is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun estuaries in the northern part of the US state of California.

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