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San Francisco

About San Francisco

870,887 in city
7,427,757 in metro
120 km² (46 mi²)
19 m
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world. With a stunning waterfront setting, rolling hills, and eclectic architecture, it is no wonder so many people leave their heart here. It packs its inhabitants into a compact area at the tip of a long peninsula making it the most densely populated city in North America after New York City. It is known as the air-conditioned city because of its two-season climate: a cool, pleasant summer and a mild spring. Flowers bloom throughout the year, and warm clothing is needed every month. Sea fogs and associated low stratus clouds are a striking characteristic of the city climate. But there are wide contrasts in climate within short distances of the bay. Nearby communities of Marin County, to the north across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, are sheltered from the prevailing winds by high peaks and ridges of the Coast Ranges and enjoy warmer and sunnier weather than the city. This ‘City by the Bay’ is a favorite international tourist destination where visitors can ride the iconic cable cars to explore all the famous landmarks around town. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf to China Town, the sites and sounds abound. San Francisco is truly a magical place that never fails to charm.