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The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and
the 14th most populous city in the United States, with a 2006 estimated population of 744,041.
One of the most densely populated major cities in the US, San Francisco is part of the much larger
San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to approximately 7.2 million people.
The city is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west,
San Francisco Bay to the east, and the Golden Gate to the north.
In 1776, the Spanish settled the tip of the peninsula, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a
mission named for Francis of Assisi.
The California Gold Rush in 1848 propelled the city into a period of rapid growth.
After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt.
San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination renowned for its steep rolling hills,
an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and famous landmarks, including the
Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, Coit Tower, and Chinatown.
The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established
Asian American and LGBT communities.
While the climate includes chilly summer fog, the winters are mild.
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