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San Francisco is a city and a county in the state of California on the west coast of the United States. The city is the fourth largest in California with approx. 800,000 inhabitants. It is located at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula who are involved in the San Francisco Bay.

The city also consists of several islands in the bay and the Farallon Islands, located 43 km into the Pacific.

The city is the center of San Francisco Bay Area with a population of 7 million. It has the highest population density of any major city in the U.S. next to New York City. The first Europeans who settled in San Francisco was the Spaniards in 1776. The city grew rapidly as a result of the gold hunt in California that began in 1848.

The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1906 but was quickly rebuilt. Phoenix in byvåpnet represents San Francisco's rebirth from the ashes. San Francisco has long been a bohemian stamp and was a magnet in the underground culture of "flower power" and an important refuge for gays in the second part of the 1900s. The city was also the center of the dot-com wave at the end of the century.

San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest collection of Chinese people outside of China.

By landmarks we find trams "cable cars", Trans America Pyramid, 260 m high, the Golden Gate Bridge 1970 m long and Alcatraz.

In sports, the city clubs San Francisco 49ers Football and San Francisco Giants baseball. The city had previously top teams also in basketball and hockey, but these were moved to Oakland, respectively, across the San Francisco Bay and San Jose in the south end of the same.
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