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Welcome to San Francisco ...

The coastal city of San Francisco is located in San Francisco County<1> and is the County Seat for San Francisco County.

When the people of San Francisco refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use San Franciscan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, San Francisco has a population of 878,826 people<3> (see below for details).

San Francisco is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: San Francisco lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for San Francisco: (408) and (669)<5>

The ZIP codes for San Francisco: 94101-94112, 94114-94128, 94129-94147, 94150-94157, 94159-94172, 94175, 94177-94188<6>

The community of San Francisco was established in 1776 and was incorporated February 28, 1850.

Websites for San Francisco ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, San Francisco had an population of 878,826 people. This is an increase of 9.14% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 13.14% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, San Francisco had a population of 805,235 people (or 100% of the total population of San Francisco County). This makes San Francisco the county's most populous community.

The population of San Francisco represents 2.16% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 805,235 people, the population of San Francisco increased 3.67% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 776,733 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for San Francisco.

Communities Also Named San Francisco ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 5 communities that are also named San Francisco - they are located in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for San Francisco.

Communities near San Francisco ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near San Francisco.

  • Oakland
  • Berkeley
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkeley
    • Berkeley lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northeast of San Francisco.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 122,726 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkeley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berkeley<8>
  • Richmond
  • Daly City
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daly City
    • Daly City lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the southwest of San Francisco.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,868 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daly City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daly City<8>
  • San Mateo
  • San Leandro
  • Alameda
  • South San Francisco
  • San Rafael
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Rafael
    • San Rafael lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northwest of San Francisco.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,528 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Rafael<8>
  • San Bruno

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around San Francisco. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for San Francisco.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of San Francisco. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around San Francisco.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around San Francisco. Our list includes 1,008 papers. See our Newspapers Page for San Francisco.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for San Francisco ...

Looking for more information about San Francisco? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for San Francisco, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for San Francisco.

Adding San Francisco to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of San Francisco in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for San Francisco was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>

From that list, the San Francisco post office opened in 1849.

We also found San Francisco in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for San Francisco.

The official website for San Francisco:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including San Francisco, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of San Francisco refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of San Francisco may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for San Francisco.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around San Francisco - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (669) is an overlay for area code (408).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as San Francisco). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether San Francisco or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for San Francisco includes: 94101, 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94106, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94119, 94120, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94125, 94126, 94127, 94129, 94130, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94135, 94136, 94137, 94138, 94139, 94140, 94141, 94142, 94143, 94144, 94145, 94146, 94150, 94151, 94152, 94153, 94154, 94155, 94156, 94159, 94160, 94161, 94162, 94163, 94164, 94165, 94166, 94167, 94168, 94169, 94170, 94171, 94175, 94177, 94178, 94179, 94180, 94181, 94182, 94183, 94184, 94185, 94186, 94187 & 94188.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- San Francisco) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for San Francisco. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San FranciscoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Francisco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7719, Longitude: -122.4235    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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