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Overview

Introduction to South San Francisco, California

South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County, California. Located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California's Bay Area, the city lies 10 miles south of San Francisco in a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. San Francisco International Airport is situated 4 miles to the city's south. Principal highways servicing the city include U.S. Route 101, and Interstates I-280 and I-380. Contrary to popular misconception, South San Francisco is very much a city in its own right and is not the southern part of the city of San Francisco.

South San Francisco History

South San Francisco originated in the late 19th-century as a site for the establishment of stockyards and a market place for cattle. Incorporated in 1908, the city soon experienced an influx of other industries which included a large shipbuilding industry to support the two World Wars. Since World War II, South San Francisco has supported a well-balanced mix of residential and industrial areas within its boundaries. The city today has a population which has tripled since the end of WW II, with a considerable portion of its real estate devoted to industries which include manufacturing, wholesaling, transportation facilities and utilities. Known as "The Industrial City," South San Francisco in recent years has also become an important regional center of a burgeoning biotech industry.

Attractions in South San Francisco

The history of "The Industrial City" is well-chronicled at the South San Francisco Historical Society Museum. One of the museum's major highlights is a special exhibit about the city's early families. The Plymire Schwarz Museum is housed in a 1905 edifice originally owned by the town's first doctor and which once served as the only hospital between San Francisco and San Mateo. In the basement level of the structure is another city attraction: the Center Fire Museum. One of the city's prime sites for outdoor recreation is the Oyster Point Marina & Park, whose amenities include a 300-foot long fishing pier, a 33-acre park with a hiking and jogging trail, picnic facilities and a 2.5-acre sandy beach. Other San Mateo County points of interest include the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education (San Mateo), the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Moss Beach), the Sanchez Adobe (Pacifica) and the Cypress Golf Course and Learning Center (Colma). The city is also only minutes away from some of the nation's most popular tourist and sports attractions located in the city of San Francisco.

People

Total Population 66,217
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 33,374
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.3%
Median Earnings25+ $42,322
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,391
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,278

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,747
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 11.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,542
Median House Value $606,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.2%
Irish 4.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

South San Francisco Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles S of San Francisco, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94080, 94099
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94083
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.654
Longitude -122.406

South San Francisco Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SAN FRANCISCO INTL AP
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 64 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 52 to 70 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches
Station RICHMOND
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 53 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches
Station OAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, South San Francisco, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South San Francis (94083)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brisbane 4,496 $96,027
Colma 1,571 $76,953
Daly City 104,930 $82,331
Millbrae 22,416 $107,466
Pacifica 38,665 $114,162
San Bruno 42,506 $92,684

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

South San Francisco Public Libraries

Library
South San Francisco Public Library
840 W. ORANGE AVE.
South San Francisco, California
(650) 829-3860
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South San Francisco Hospitals

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL - SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1200 EL CAMINO REAL
(650) 742-3200
Emergency Service: No

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400 B ST.
650-877-8754
Serves 1,546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

EL CAMINO HIGH
1320 MISSION ROAD
650-877-8806
Serves 1,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

BADEN HIGH (CONT.)
825 SOUTHWOOD DR.
650-877-8769
A Non-traditional School
Serves 124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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