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San Francisco

San Francisco lies in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California with a population of over 800,000. It attained significance during the California Gold Rush of the late 19th century and established itself as a liberal activist hub after the end of World War II. Today San Francisco is consistently ranked among the highest global tourist destinations, and is the sixth most visited city in the United States.

San Francisco Real Estate

The mean property value in San Francisco was calculated at $880,700 in December 2013, up 17.6 percent from the previous year. The median listing price is $799.000. The floor plans most available on the market per square foot are small homes of fewer than 1000 square feet, while single family homes make up the most common overall housing.

Architecture

The city of San Francisco has a notable combination of Victorian and contemporary architecture. Neighborhoods display a variety of architectural styles including art deco, English Tudor revival, Italianate styles, and Mediterranean revival. The San Francisco "Stick" style architecture provides a distinctive Victorian feel, while classic English styles such as the Queen Anne are found in outlying neighborhoods.

Climate

San Francisco has diverse microclimates across the region. The city remains largely temperate across the seasons. Summers are cool, windy, and famous for San Francisco's iconic fogs. While the Pacific Ocean serves to cool the summer months, it also helps the city to maintain a moderate winter where snowfall is rare. The sunniest region is the eastern side of the city, while the Sunset District is notable for its cold and windy climates.

Demographics

The city of San Francisco has a population of 805,235 and is the second-most densely populated large U.S. city with over 17,000 people per square mile. A majority-minority city, the population breaks down to 48.1 percent White, 33.3 percent Asian, 6.1 percent African American, 0.5 percent Native American, 0.4 percent Pacific Islander, and 6.6 percent other races. People of Chinese ethnicity make up the city's largest minority population at 21.4 percent. People of ages 18 - 24 make up the largest age demographic at 37.5 percent of the population.

Main Attractions

Visitors are quick to find the Golden Gate Bridge and the historic Alamo Square. San Francisco is famous for its cable cars and a bustling Chinatown, while the ocean side attracts visitors to the former prison on Alcatraz Island, the Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39.

Transportation

Muni - San Francisco's Municipal Railway - allows residents to commute by bus, trolley, streetcar, and cable car. There is also a light rail system within the city, regular trains in and out of town, and a variety of ferries to popular destinations. Cycling is rising in popularity within more dense populated locales.

Economy

Tourism lies at the heart of the city's economy, with many of the city landscapes and main attractions a regular feature in Hollywood films. The city became a premier financial and banking hub after the California Gold Rush, and its UCSF university is leading the nation in biotechnology and medical research. The San Francisco economy has a close relationship with Silicon Valley and a high focus on technological innovation.