South San Francisco, CA
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South San Francisco is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 67,271 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, South San Francisco is the 129th largest community in California.

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

Unlike some cities, South San Francisco isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in South San Francisco are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South San Francisco is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in South San Francisco who work in office and administrative support (15.66%), sales jobs (11.20%), and management occupations (9.73%).

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

One of the nice things about South 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in South San Francisco is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For South San Francisco, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The overall education level of South San Francisco citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.28% of adults in South San Francisco have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in South San Francisco in 2010 was $32,737, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,948 for a family of four. However, South San Francisco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South San Francisco is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South San Francisco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South San Francisco residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. South 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 34.48% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South San Francisco include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

In addition, South San Francisco has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.03%).

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