San Francisco

The City

From Wikitravel
San Francisco is a major city in California, the centerpiece of the Bay Area, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and great ethnic and cultural diversity. These are only a few of the aspects of the city that make San Francisco one of the most visited cities in the world.

San Francisco is located on a small seven-by-seven mile (11×11km) square of land at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. It has a population of 815,000, but is the center of a metropolitan area of 7.1 million. San Francisco is just one of the cities which makes up the entire San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco’s neighbors – municipalities to the east of the Bay Bridge, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and south of the city are all part of separate counties, each with their own governments and local public transportation systems.

The Economy

From usacitiesonline
San Francisco has a busy and diverse economy. It has established its prominent position as a finance center for the entire western US coast. Montgomery Street, in the Financial District, is well known as the Wall Street of the West. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is also located here. Though big business is lured here by the financial prowess of the area, small businesses and self-employed companies make up 85 percent of the city establishments.

Tourism is the backbone of the San Francisco economy. The scenery and landmarks of San Francisco are well known throughout the world due to movies, television, radio, and books. Tourists come in droves to visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, museum and to shop. They come for concerts, shows and myriad other cultural art performances. The city that lured the adventurous and outgoing continues to draw people to it for the same reasons. The Information Era with its IT, computer chips and high tech business is growing and acts as a magnet for new concepts and development.

San Francisco

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