San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 864,816 people and 198 constituent neighborhoods, San Francisco is the fourth largest community in California. San Francisco has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

San Francisco home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but San Francisco real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

San Francisco is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Francisco is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Francisco who work in management occupations (13.13%), office and administrative support (10.59%), and sales jobs (10.58%).

Also of interest is that San Francisco has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, San Francisco is also a city of artists. San Francisco has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape San Francisco’s character.

One of the nice things about San Francisco is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in San Francisco is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In San Francisco, the average commute to work is 32.24 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

San Francisco, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of San Francisco are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Francisco, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Francisco is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.92% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in San Francisco in 2010 was $49,986, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,944 for a family of four. However, San Francisco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Francisco is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Francisco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Francisco residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Francisco also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Francisco include Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

In addition, San Francisco has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.52%).

The most common language spoken in San Francisco is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.