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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population66,587
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+34,740
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$44,232
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,047
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,303

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,150
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation13.4%

Housing

People Living Alone19.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,607
Median House Value$644,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.4%
Irish5.5%
Italian5.4%
German3.4%
English2.4%
French Except Basque1%
Polish0.8%
Arab0.8%
Russian0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Portuguese0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Maltese0.3%
Greek0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Croatian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Jordanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
African0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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South San Francisco Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94080
P.O. Box Zip Codes94083
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.65
Approximate Longitude-122.42

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)

StationSAN FRANCISCO INTL AP
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 56 F
Apr Temp48 to 64 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp52 to 70 F
Annual Precip20.1 inches
StationRICHMOND
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp43 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 66 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp53 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.3 inches
StationOAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp45 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 73 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brisbane4,568$109,653
Colma1,540$100,521
Daly City105,543$87,322
Millbrae22,522$116,089
Pacifica38,844$120,480
San Bruno42,736$100,601

South San Francisco Public Libraries

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 Fnd Hosp - South San Francisco
(Non-profit)
1200 El Camino Real

South San Francisco Public Schools

Community Day
201 W. Orange Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Buri Buri Elementary
120 El Campo Dr.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Baden High (continuation)
825 S.wood Dr.
ZIP: 94080
High
Total Enrollment 86
Alta Loma Middle
116 Romney Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Middle
Total Enrollment 746
Spruce Elementary
501 Spruce Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 652
Parkway Heights Middle
650 Sunset Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Middle
Total Enrollment 628
Los Cerritos Elementary
210 W. Orange Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Martin Elementary
35 Sch St.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Westborough Middle
2570 W.borough Blvd.
ZIP: 94080
Middle
Total Enrollment 640
Ponderosa Elementary
295 Ponderosa Rd.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
South San Francisco High
400 B St.
ZIP: 94080
High
Total Enrollment 1403
El Camino High
1320 Mission Rd.
ZIP: 94080
High
Total Enrollment 1430
Sunshine Gardens Elementary
1200 Miller Ave.
ZIP: 94080
Primary
Total Enrollment 405

South San Francisco Private Schools

Roger Williams Academy
600 Grand Ave
ZIP: 94080
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Hillside Christian Academy
1415 Hillside Blvd
ZIP: 94080
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
Mills Montessori School
1400 Hillside Blvd
ZIP: 94080
Elementary
Total Enrollment 51
All Souls Elementary School
479 Miller Ave
ZIP: 94080
Elementary
Total Enrollment 255
St Veronica Catholic School
434 Alida Way
ZIP: 94080
Elementary
Total Enrollment 303
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