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San Francisco California USA

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The city was founded in June 1776 at the Golden Gate by colonists from Spain who built a fort and a mission named after St. Francis of Assisi. The settlement grew slowly, in 1848 it was just a small seaport town with under 1,000 citizens.

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It wasn’t until the California Gold Rush of 1849 triggered rapid growth, the promise of fabulous riches brought a flood of treasure seekers, lawless conditions, and vigilante organizations into town.

In 1849 the population rose to 25,000, making it the largest city on the West Coast at that time.

Today San Francisco has a population of about 865,000 inhabitants (in 2016). More than 8 million people live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2021 RankCityPopulation; (2021 est.)County
1Los Angeles3,849,297Los Angeles County
2San Diego1,381,611San Diego County
3San Jose983,489Santa Clara County
California USA

San Francisco is famous for its hills, international also known since the 1968 American action film ‘Bullitt’ with Steve Mc Queen. In the mid-1960s the Haight Ashbury district in San Francisco was the center of the Flower Power movement.

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