San Francisco

The City by the Bay

Welcome to San Francisco!

Population Statistics

Historical population

1848 1,000

1849 25,000

1900 342,782

1950 775,357

2000 776,733

2010 805,235

2015 849,774

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Since it is surrounded on three sides by water,San Francisco's weather is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean, which moderate temperature swings and produce a remarkably mild year-round climate with little seasonal temperature variation. Fog is a regular feature of San Francisco summers.
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Tourist Attractions

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Cable Cars

San Francisco is widely known for its cable cars. And they have a rich history. The first line opened on August 2, 1873, but their actual usage wasn't until September 1 of that year. Then more lines slowly opened, 23 in total by 1890. So if you plan on touring San Fran, why not use a cable car?
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Really Weird Laws (so you know what not to do)

“It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use, sell or possess any balloon inflated with inflammable or explosive gases.”

It is illegal to injure lampposts.

You may not own a slingshot.

Dead bodies can’t be displayed for profit … unless the dead person said it was okay.

It is illegal to sell or distribute ground squirrels.

These next few may or may not be current.

It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear.

It is illegal to pick up and throw used confetti into the air.

Ugly people are not allowed to walk down the street in San Francisco.(this one has been repealed for sure)

San Francisco bans any “mechanical device that reproduces obscene language.”


Did you know that...

-The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.

-The bear on California’s state flag is modeled after a California grizzly named Monarch, who was held at Golden Gate Park.

-The city’s cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move.

-San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.

-During the Depression, not a single San Francisco-based bank failed.