San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco

San Francisco has never quite forgotten its days as a 19th-century Gold Rush boom town, when it teemed with miners, immigrants, pioneers and entrepreneurs, each vying for a spot on one of the city’s gorgeous hills. In many ways, anything still goes: scantily clad drag queens, dread-headed hippies and fashionable young professionals all rub elbows in the same neighborhoods.

This eclectic mix of characters makes for a lively overlay on what is undeniably a stunning landscape. Starting with the crimson stretch of the Golden Gate Bridge, soaring over beaches and bluffs, crossing the forests and meadows of Golden Gate Park, and heading past colorful Victorian houses to the pungent waft of seafood across salty piers, visitors and locals alike continue to be enchanted.

All this – plus a great love for food, art, music, film and theater – makes the city an excellent place to revel in life’s pleasures. As a progressive, coastal town, San Francisco is full of every nationality, and even the locals tend to circumnavigate the globe and return, finding that, no matter how compelling the rest of the world is, it’s just too easy to leave their hearts in San Francisco.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United States:
    314,289,000 (2012)
  • Inhabitants in San Francisco:
    805,235 (2010)
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    USD
  • Time zone
    Pacific Standard Time
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    +1
  • Country code
    1
  • Local transportation
    Muni Metro, BART, Taxi