San Francisco is, without question, one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. It remains the only city-consolidated city-county in the state of California. While it’s the smallest county land mass-wise in the state of California, it’s also the second-most densely populated city in America. With a population just under 815,000, San Francisco is the 13th-largest city in the United States.
San Francisco is known for its natural beauty, burgeoning arts scene, cultural open-mindedness, successful sports franchises and its status as the birthplace of countless successful businesses. These corporations include Salesforce.com, Levi Strauss & Co., Square.com, Reddit, Dropbox, Pinterest, Twitter, Lyft, Uber, Airbnb, Dolby, Wikipedia and Craigslist. Popular nicknames include the “City by the Bay,” “Fog City,” “San Fran” and “Frisco.”
Humans have been bumming around the hills of San Francisco since 3000 B.C. From Native Americans to Spanish Settlers, the land now known as “The City” has long been a popular destination for curious adventure seekers. San Francisco’s emergence as an economic and cultural mecca was bolstered greatly by the California Gold Rush in 1849 (i.e. “the 49ers”).
An earthquake in 1906 had grave consequences for the denizens of San Francisco. Thousands of lives were lost, three-fourths of the city lie in ruins and more than half the city’s population was left homeless. Long known for its resilient nature, the city’s popular fought tooth and nail to build the foundation for another bustling metropolis.
Demographically speaking, San Francisco is 49% white, 33% Asian, 6% African-American and 15% Hispanic. 21% of the city’s population is of Chinese descent, making the Chinese community the largest ethnic minority in San Francisco. Aside from Seattle, no other city in America boasts more college-educated residents. San Francisco is also home to the largest community of LGBTQ residents, and at $72,947, its median household income is the third-highest in the country.
San Francisco boasts two of the most successful franchises in professional sports. After moving from New York in 1958, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, represented along the way by super stars like Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Willie McCovey. The NFL’s San Fransisco 49ers won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s, boasting stars like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young.
The Superior Court of San Francisco is located at 400 McAllister Street in San Francisco, California.