Welcome to San Francisco

They don’t sing, “I left my heart in San Francisco,” for nothing. With approximately 815,000 residents, the city is widely recognized as one of the nation’s great meccas of culture with a melting pot of restaurants, museums, beaches, entertainment venues, and shopping scattered throughout its districts.

Yet despite being one of the biggest metropolises in the nation, it is a mere seven by seven miles of land, lying at the tip of the peninsula, between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast. Most residents think twice about owning a car here. A well-planned transit system makes getting around the city easy with BART, Muni Metro, taxis, and the famous Cable Cars all providing affordable options for residents and visitors.

Living in San Francisco

Boredom is not a common occurrence with a dynamic food scene, shopping at Union Square, fun music festivals at Golden Gate Park, Giants baseball games, and the city’s many famous museums and art galleries. The city is tenderly divided into 36 districts, each with their own flair.

The most well-known are: Golden Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight, Castro-Noe Valley, and Chinatown-North Beach, Nob-Russian Hill, Union Square-Financial District, Civic Center-Tenderloin, SoMa, Western Addition, The Avenues (Richmond District and Sunset District), Twin Peaks-Merced, Mission-Bernal Heights, Southeast San Francisco. Where Financial District homes are the priciest per-square-feet, averaging $1,018 per foot, Nob Hill is rated as an area that delivers the “Most House for the Money.” The city’s most exclusive areas range form Sea Cliff—a neighborhood known for Mediterranean-Style villas perched over the Pacific—to Presidio Heights, with its beautiful view homes and historic mansions.

Fun Facts

  • San Francisco was ranked No.1 on Businessweek’s “America’s 50 Best Cities” list in 2012.
  • San Francisco was named the most walkable city in the nation according to Walk Score.
  • Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners.
  • Irish Coffee was first created in San Francisco.

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