Downtown San Francisco is a loosely defined area that includes the Financial District and parts of Union Square, the Tenderloin, Chinatown, and South of Market (SoMa). This area has quite a few fun things to do and see which makes it a must visit location while you are on your vacation here.
Top picks include museums, concerts, and theater performances. You will also find some of the best hotels, restaurants, and fun nightlife options.
It's centrally located, which makes it easy to get to all of SF's top attractions and other neighborhoods around the city.
The earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates back to 3000 BC. The Yelamu group of the Ohlone people were living in a few small villages when an overland Spanish exploration party led by Don Gaspar de Portolá arrived on November 2, 1769, the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay. The first maritime presence occurred on August 5, 1775, when the San Carlos—commanded by Juan Manuel de Ayala—be
San Francisco's population was 873,965 according to the 2020 United States Census, a rise of 8.5 percent from the 2010 census. San Francisco has roughly one-quarter the population density of Manhattan, making it the second-most densely populated large American city, trailing only New York City among cities with more than 200,000 people, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, trailing only four of the five New York City boroughs.
How to Get Around San Francisco. Muni is San Francisco's bus and metro system that operates buses, trains, cable cars, and the F-line historical streetcar around the city. Muni buses operate above ground and on streets, but Muni Metro operates on tracks and occasionally goes underground.
County of San Francisco—is a consolidated city-county, a condition it has retained since the 1856 separation of what is now San Mateo County. The mayor is also the county executive, and the county Board of Supervisors acts as the city council. San Francisco's government is a charter city with two co-equal branches: the executive branch is led by the mayor and includes other citywide elected and appointed officials as well as the civil service; the legislative branch, led by a president, is in charge of passing laws and budgets, though San Franciscans also use direct ballot initiatives to pass legislation.
San Francisco is sometimes referred to as "Everybody's Favorite City," because to its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. This walkable metropolis of 49 square miles is peppered with monuments such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz, and the largest Chinatown in the United States. A stroll through the streets of the city might take you to Union Square, the Italian-flavored North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, the Castro, Japantown, and the Mission District, with interesting areas to discover at every turn.
San Francisco has the second-highest percentage of residents with a college degree of any major city in the United States, after only Seattle. Over 44% of adults hold a bachelor's degree or higher. San Francisco had the highest rate, with 7,031 graduates per square mile, or over 344,000 total graduates in the city's 46.7 square miles (121 km2) .
San Francisco has the highest estimated percentage of gay and lesbian people of any of the 50 largest cities in the United States, at 15%. San Francisco also 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.
Robert Handa contributes reporting. According to real estate analysis firm Redfin, the median price of a home for sale in San Francisco has lately declined, although it is still higher than this time last year. According to Redfin, the typical price in San Francisco is $1.488 million, a decrease of more than 5% from November to December.
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