51 Facts About San Francisco


Colloquial nicknames for San Francisco include SF, San Fran, The City, Frisco, and Baghdad by the Bay.

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San Francisco was ranked seventh in the world and third in the United States on the Global Financial Centres Index as of March 2022.

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San Francisco County was one of the state's 18 original counties established at California statehood in 1850.

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San Francisco Franciscans built schools, churches, theaters, and all the hallmarks of civic life.

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Around 1901, San Francisco was a major city known for its flamboyant style, stately hotels, ostentatious mansions on Nob Hill, and a thriving arts scene.

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The influential San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association or SPUR was founded in 1910 to address the quality of housing after the earthquake.

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Indeed, it was at the height of the Great Depression that San Francisco undertook two great civil engineering projects, simultaneously constructing the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, completing them in 1936 and 1937, respectively.

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The suburbs experienced rapid growth, and San Francisco underwent significant demographic change, as large segments of the white population left the city, supplanted by an increasing wave of immigration from Asia and Latin America.

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San Francisco has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate characteristic of California's coast, with moist, cool winters and dry summers.

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San Francisco's weather is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the city, and the water of San Francisco Bay to the north and east.

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San Francisco has a majority minority population, as non-Hispanic whites comprise less than half of the population, 41.

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San Francisco has several prominent Chinese, Mexican, and Filipino neighborhoods including Chinatown and the Mission District.

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All major cities in the United States, San Francisco has the second-highest percentage of residents with a college degree, second only to Seattle.

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San Francisco has the highest percentage of same-sex households of any American county, with the Bay Area having a higher concentration than any other metropolitan area.

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San Francisco's compared the "deplorable conditions" of the homeless camps she witnessed on San Francisco's streets to those she had seen in Mumbai.

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San Francisco's victims had no relationship with him, nor did they have any known gang or street crime involvement.

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Global cities, such as San Francisco, are considered to be complex and require a high level of talent as well as large masses of low wage workers.

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San Francisco has a diversified service economy, with employment spread across a wide range of professional services, including financial services, tourism, and high technology.

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Since the 1990s, San Francisco's economy has diversified away from finance and tourism towards the growing fields of high tech, biotechnology, and medical research.

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San Francisco became a center of Internet start-up companies during the dot-com bubble of the 1990s and the subsequent social media boom of the late 2000s .

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Since 2010, San Francisco proper has attracted an increasing share of venture capital investments as compared to nearby Silicon Valley, attracting 423 financings worth US$4.

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However, by 2016, San Francisco was rated low by small businesses in a Business Friendliness Survey.

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San Francisco became a hub for technological driven economic growth during the internet boom of the 1990s, and still holds an important position in the world city network today.

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San Francisco is widely considered the most important city in the world for new technology startups.

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Some most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco noted by the Travel Channel include the Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square Park, which is home to the famous "Painted Ladies".

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San Francisco offers tourists cultural and unique nightlife in its neighborhoods.

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Itineraries from San Francisco usually include round-trip cruises to Alaska and Mexico.

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International character that San Francisco has enjoyed since its founding is continued today by large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America.

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San Francisco has a large number of theaters and live performance venues.

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Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have played in San Francisco since moving from New York in 1958.

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In 2012, San Francisco was ranked No 1 in a study that examined which U S metro areas have produced the most Major Leaguers since 1920.

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At the collegiate level, the San Francisco Dons compete in NCAA Division I Bill Russell led the Dons basketball team to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956.

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San Francisco hosted the 2013 America's Cup yacht racing competition.

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San Francisco residents have often ranked among the fittest in the country.

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San Francisco has had Esports teams, such as the Overwatch League's San Francisco Shock.

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San Francisco is the first city in the U S to have a park within a 10-Minute Walk of every resident.

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San Francisco—officially known as the City and County of San Francisco—is a consolidated city-county, a status it has held since the 1856 secession of what is San Mateo County.

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San Francisco was granted a perpetual leasehold over the Hetch Hetchy Valley and watershed in Yosemite National Park by the Raker Act in 1913.

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San Francisco serves as the regional hub for many arms of the federal bureaucracy, including the U S Court of Appeals, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the U S Mint.

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University of California, San Francisco is the sole campus of the University of California system entirely dedicated to graduate education in health and biomedical sciences.

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Public schools are run by the San Francisco Unified School District, which covers the entire city and county, as well as the California State Board of Education for some charter schools.

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San Francisco has nearly 300 preschool programs primarily operated by Head Start, San Francisco Unified School District, private for-profit, private non-profit and family child care providers.

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All 4-year-old children living in San Francisco are offered universal access to preschool through the Preschool for All program.

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Major daily newspaper in San Francisco is the San Francisco Chronicle, which is currently Northern California's most widely circulated newspaper.

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San Francisco is home to online-only media publications such as SFist, and AsianWeek, which was the first and the largest English language publication focusing on Asian Americans.

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San Francisco was an early adopter of carsharing in America.

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Interstate 280 continues south from San Francisco, and turns to the east along the southern edge of the city, terminating just south of the Bay Bridge in the South of Market neighborhood.

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In 2014, San Francisco committed to Vision Zero, with the goal of ending all traffic fatalities caused by motor vehicles within the city by 2024.

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San Francisco has significantly higher rates of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic deaths than the United States on average.

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Since 2006, San Francisco has received a Bicycle Friendly Community status of "Gold" from the League of American Bicyclists.

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For residents of San Francisco living in the more suburban parts of the city, "the City" generally refers to the densely populated areas around Market Street.

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