San Francisco sits at the northern tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the West and the San Francisco Bay to the East. Roughly seven miles north to south and seven miles east to west, San Francisco encompasses a land area of about 46.9 miles. Its small geographical size and population over 800,000 make it the second most densely populated city in the United States after New York City. There are nearly 50 hills within the city proper offering picturesque views throughout the City. These hills and valleys also create microclimates varying from consistent sun in the Mission District to seasonal fog along the coast. San Francisco, as a global city, has become the home of many nationalities, blending cultures and ideas while also maintaining enclaves in which traditions and heritage may continue to thrive and be passed on. San Francisco has encouraged opportunity and prosperity, from its early years as a gold rush boomtown to its status as the hub of technology in this modern era. Whether atop a sun soaked hill or nestled in a quiet neighborhood, there is something for everyone.
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