Officially: the City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco is a city in the state of California, on the west coast of the United States of America.

San Francisco is the 16th most populous city in the United States of America (USA) and the fourth most populous in California with 881,549 residents as of 2019.

San Francisco covers an area of approximately 46.89 square miles or 121.4 square kilometers, mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay area.

San Francisco is the 2nd most densely populated city of the United States of America (USA) and the 5th most densely populated county of the United States of America (USA).

With 4.7 million people, San Francisco is part of the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States of America (USA) by population and with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $US549 billion (£402.463 Billion*) in 2018 the fourth-largest by economic output.

With 9.67 million residents as of 2018 San Franciso, with San Jose,  forms the fifth most populous Combined Statistical Area (CSA) in the United States of America (USA).

Colloquial names for San Francisco include:

  • The City
  • Frisco
  • Fog City
  • Golden Gate City
  • The City by the Bay
  • The Golden City

As of 2020 San Francisco not only boasts the highest disposable income, highest salaries, and highest median home prices in the world at $1.7 million (£1,246,224*) but also the highest median rents.

With a per capita personal income of $130,696 (£95,809*) San Francisco was the 7th highest-income county in the United States of America (USA) in 2018.

In the same year, 2018, San Francisco had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $183.2 billion (£134.393 Billion*) and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of $207,371 (£152,125 *).

As of 2018, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.03 trillion (£0.755589 trillion *) the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) which San Francisco shares with San Jose and Oakland was the United States of America's (USA) third-largest urban economy.

Of the 500+ primary statistical areas in the United States of America (USA) this Combined Statistical Area had among the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in 2018, at $106,757 (£78,310.87 *).

San Francisco was ranked fifth in the world on the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) as of 24th September 2021. [Source:]

* Currency conversion from: currency converter 31st December 2020.

Main facts source: Francisco.

Common misspellings:

  • San Fransisco

San Francisco timezone:

Time zone Relative to Universal Time Co-ordinated
(UTC *)

Pacific Standard Time (PST)

UTC −8

Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
(Typically mid-March to early November)

UTC −7

* UTC = Universal Time Coordinated - also known as: Coordinated Universal Time.

Summer time is typically a Sunday in March until a Sunday in November - historically, specific Sundays have varied year-to-year.

San Francisco Coordinates
DMS - Degrees Minutes Seconds
(37 degrees, 46 minutes, 39 seconds North)
(122 degrees, 24 minutes, 59 seconds West)

Adjective: San Franciscan (Comparative: more San Franciscan. Superlative: most San Franciscan).

Noun: San Franciscan (plural: San Franciscans). A native of San Francisco.

Disclaimer: does not claim to be an authority on San Francisco, downtown San Francisco, California, or any other part of the USA.

Date and Time in San Francisco

The date and time in San Francisco is:


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