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San Francisco, CA

Shrouded in misty fog with the majestic Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop, San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in California. It is surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and located at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula.

GOING OUT

San Francisco is known for world-class museums, fine restaurants, lively bars and nightclubs, and cozy sidewalk cafes. National and international tourists are drawn to San Francisco's famous tourist attractions year-round:

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Famous for its hilly streets, San Francisco is divided into distinct neighborhoods and districts, giving the city a diverse, yet also integrated, atmosphere.

Famous neighborhoods include:

Off-the-beaten-path San Francisco neighborhoods include:

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Tourism is the prime driver of the economy of San Francisco. The city attracts the fourth largest number of foreign visitors of any city in the U.S. In addition to the tourism, banking and finance is a major industrial sector in San Francisco. The city became the banking and finance center of the West Coast in the early 20th century. The sector grew so much that the Montgomery Street in the financial district was known as the "Wall Street of the West."

Bank of America was founded in San Francisco and many other large financial institutions, multinational banks and venture capital firms are headquartered in the city. In addition, several large firms dealing in law, public relations, architecture and design have a significant presence in the city. The world's list of cities by GDP ranks San Francisco 15th.

San Francisco is now becoming a biotechnology and biomedical hub and research center. The headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is located in the Mission Bay area of the city. Eighty-five percent of the city's business establishments are small businesses and self-employed firms.

The companies that are headquartered in San Francisco include Del Monte Foods, McKesson Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, Dolby Laboratories, Chemoil Corporation, Industrial Light and Magic, VISA, and Wells Fargo & Co.

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