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 (15.76%), sales jobs (11.28%), and management occupations (9.02%).

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.

South San Francisco is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, South San Francisco is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the South San Francisco area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of South San Francisco citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.65% of adults in South San Francisco have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in South San Francisco in 2010 was $32,269, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,076 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 33.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South San Francisco include Irish, German, English, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of South San Francisco's cultural character, accounting for 41.56% of the city’s population.

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