San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is a major city in the state of California, located in the center of the bay on the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its rolling hills, Victorian architecture, beautiful scenery, summer fog, and rich ethnic and cultural diversity.

The population of San Francisco is 874,961 as of 2019. San Francisco has an area of approximately 47.9 square miles and is built on over 50 hills. It is the 17th most populous city in the United States and the fourth most populous in California. It was founded on June 29, 1776 by Spanish colonists who named it after St. Francis of Assisi. The California Gold Rush of 1849 made San Francisco a popular city to migrate to. Three quarters of the city was burned down and destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Returning servicemen after the second World War, immigration, the rise of the “beatnik” and “hippie” countercultures, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement, and the gay rights movement has made San Francisco the center of liberalism in the United States.

Popular attractions in San Francisco include Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro, Mission and Dolores districts, the Golden Gate Bridge and Park, Baker Beach, the Coit Tower, Ferry Building, and Alcatraz Island.

San Francisco is a port city. It is the cultural and financial center of the western United States and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.

The city is home to a number of colleges and universities, including UCSF, USF and SFSU. The city has a Museum of Modern Art, a Symphony, a major league baseball team, the San Francsico Giants, as well as a National Football team, the San Francisco 49ers.