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Major port; known for its steep hills and distinctive neighborhoods as diverse as Chinatown and Nob Hill

San Francisco is a city in San Francisco County.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of San Francisco is 37.775N. The longitude is -122.418W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 52 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 751,682.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our San Francisco demographic reports
San Francisco is on a landlocked harbor, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· Yerba Buena
The city was birthed by the gold rush.

The earthquake and fire of 1906 claimed 500 lives and destroyed 3,000 acres.

The city has often led the charge of social change, with Beatniks in the 1950s, hippies in the '60s and rampant consumerism in the '80s and '90s.

Public transportation: Golden Gate Transit, San Francisco Municipal Railway (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 5,725. The number of murders and homicides was 69. The violent crime rate was 7.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
San Francisco received national attention for 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, by former board member Dan White.
Local foods: sourdough bread
Filming location for:
· 1971 movie, "Dirty Harry" and sequels
· 1994 movie, "Forrest Gump"
· 2006 movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Setting for 2000 movie, "Romeo Must Die"
Census 2000 highlights: 12th largest city in the U.S., by population; Third most crowded city in the U.S., with 16,632 people per square mile; among major American cities, ranked No. 6 in percentage Asian population (30.8%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Mark Twain, writer
· Dashiell Hammett, writer
· William Randolph Hearst, publisher
· Valerie Fleming, 2006 Olympics silver medal winner (bobsled)
· Johnny Mathis, singer
Local bands (past and present) have included Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Counting Crows, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Steve Miller Band
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Seattle's Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Bay to Breakers Footrace - May 20, 2007
  • Polish Festival - Oct. 7, 2007
  • San Francisco Blues Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Carnaval - May 26-27, 2007
  • San Francisco Jazz Festival - Sept. 22-Nov. 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check San Francisco web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera
Nearby parks & recreation: Golden Gate Park, Angel Island State Park, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Japanese Tea Garden
San Francisco attractions: Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Steinhart Aquarium, Yerba Buena Gardens, Aquarium of the Bay
Sports teams: Giants (NL), 49ers (NFL), Dragons (Major League Lacrosse)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of the City of San Francisco, Maritime National Historic Park, Alcatraz, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Museum of the African Diaspora
Colleges and universities: University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, New College of California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco State University, Academy of Art University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 479
San Francisco was where the social hemorrhaging was showing up. San Francisco was where the missing children were gathering and calling themselves 'hippies.'
-- Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion
· "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
· "San Francisco Bay Blues"
· "San Francisco Days" (Chris Isaak)

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Neighborhoods in San Francisco include Bernal Heights, Castro District, Chinatown, Cole Valley, Deco Ghetto, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Inner Richmond, Inner Sunset, Marina ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in San Francisco include Bernal Heights, Castro District, Chinatown, Cole Valley, Deco Ghetto, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Inner Richmond, Inner Sunset, Marina ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about San Francisco demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the San Francisco County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, San Francisco area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94102 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of San Francisco residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the San Francisco ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in San Francisco was $34,556, compared with $21,587 nationally.


45% of San Francisco residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in San Francisco include Bush Street-Cottage Row Historic District, Jackson Square Historic District, Lower Nob Hill Apartment Hotel District, Market Street Theatre and Loft District, Russian Hill - Paris Block Architectural District, Russian Hill - Vallejo Street Crest District, Russian Hill--Macondray Lane District, San Francisco Civic Center Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in San Francisco, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $883.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,886.


Libraries in San Francisco include Anza Branch Library, Bayview - A. E. Waden Branch Library, Bernal Heights Branch Library, Chinatown Branch Library, Eureka Valley Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, Excelsior Branch Library, Glen Park Branch Library, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, Ingleside Branch Library, Main Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in San Francisco include San Francisco Chronicle

TV stations in San Francisco include KBHK, KBWB, KCNS, KDTV, KGO, KMTP, KPIX, KQED, KRON, KTSF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KALW., KQED-FM.

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San Francisco County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our San Francisco political report.

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San Francisco restaurants taking online reservations include 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar, A. Sabella's, A16, Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, Acme Chophouse, Acquerello, Al Masri, Alamo Square Seafood Grill, Albona Restaurant, Alegrias Food from Spain ... View restaurants


The average commute time for San Francisco workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 123 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in San Francisco between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ San Francisco was where the social hemorrhaging was showing up. San Francisco was where the missing children were gathering and calling themselves 'hippies.' ”
~ Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion

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