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The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo bays in Northern California. Image File history File links Portal. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... San Pablo Bay is a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... In geography, a bay or gulf is a collection of water that is surrounded by land on three sides. ... Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. ...

USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area taken in 1999. (Click the image for a description of major features.)
USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area taken in 1999. (Click the image for a description of major features.)

It encompasses large cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas. Overall, the Bay Area consists of nine counties, 101 cities, and 7,000 square miles.[1] The nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.[2] Download high resolution version (770x800, 98 KB)Bay Area Satellite MAP from USGS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (770x800, 98 KB)Bay Area Satellite MAP from USGS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Official website: http://www. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... Napa Valley redirects here. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... San Mateo County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Solano County is a county located in central part of the U.S. state of California, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento and is one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ...

San Francisco Bay Area highlighted in red on a map of California
San Francisco Bay Area highlighted in red on a map of California

As of July 2006, the Bay Area is home to 7.2 million people.[3] It is one of the wealthiest regions in the United States, according to the United States Census Bureau. The area has the highest median household income in the nation at over $65,000. The Bay Area hosts many cities, towns, military bases, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a massive network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. According to US and Intnerational Census figures, the San Francisco Bay Area is the 47th largest Metropolitan area in the world. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... The United States Bureau of the Census defines 280 metropolitan statistical areas. ... A military base is a facility directly owned and operated by and/or for the military or one of its branches that shelters military equipment and personnel, and facilitates training and operations. ... This article is about national parks. ... For other uses, see Highway (disambiguation). ... railroads redirects here. ... This article is about the edifice. ... An underground pedestrian tunnel between buildings at MIT. Note the utility pipes running along the ceiling. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... This is a list of contiguous urban areas of the world ordered according to population (as of 2007). ...


While San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area, having surpassed San Francisco in the 1990 census, for most of its history San Francisco was the area's most populous city. San Francisco remains the cultural center of the region. In addition to having the highest median household income in the nation, the Bay Area has the highest per capita income of any metropolitan area in the United States[4] and is also one of the most politically liberal areas in the nation.[5] The cost of living is also one of the highest in the nation.[6] San Francisco redirects here. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. ... Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Modern liberalism in the United States is a form of liberalism that began in the United States in the last years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century. ...

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Subregions

San Francisco

San Francisco panorama from Twin Peaks

The City and County of San Francisco is generally placed in a category by itself in terms of geography and culture even within the Bay Area, and is known locally as "The City." It is separated by water from the north, west and east, and by a county line from its neighbor cities to the South. San Francisco has long served as the cultural, financial and urban center of the region. For most of the Bay Area's history, it was the key population center. However, the limitations of the size of the county (47 square miles, making it the second most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City) constrained the growth of the city and, since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, other cities and counties have received the larger share of population growth. Despite these limitations, San Francisco has a larger commuter and daytime population than any other city in the Bay Area. San Francisco redirects here. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... For other uses, see The City (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... San Francisco Earthquake redirects here. ...


North Bay

Napa Valley is most famous for its wine.
Napa Valley is most famous for its wine.

The region north of the Golden Gate Bridge is known locally as the North Bay. This area consists of Marin County and extends northward into Sonoma County and Napa County and eastward into Solano County. The city of Vallejo, being part of Solano County, is often considered the eastern most city of the North Bay, though due to a stronger cultural/socioeconomic similarity to many East Bay cities, it is also often considered the northern most city of the East Bay. With few exceptions, this region is quite affluent: Marin County is ranked as the wealthiest in the nation. The North Bay is generally the least urbanized part of the Bay Area, with many areas of undeveloped open space, farmland and vineyards. Santa Rosa in Sonoma County is the North Bay's largest city, with a population of 156,200 and a Metropolitan Statistical Area population of 466,477, making it the fifth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. The North Bay is the only section of the Bay Area that is not served by a commuter rail transit service, and Sonoma-Marin service was recently voted down. The lack of transportation services is mainly because of the lack of population mass in the North Bay, and the fact that it is separated completely from the rest of the Bay Area by water, the only access points being the Golden Gate Bridge leading to San Francisco, the Richmond-San Rafael and Carquinez Bridges leading to Richmond, and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge leading to Martinez. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ... San Francisco is in the foreground in this picture looking north. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ... Napa Valley redirects here. ... Solano County is a county located in central part of the U.S. state of California, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento and is one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. ... Vallejo (pronounced or in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Location in Sonoma County and the state of California Country State County Sonoma Area  - City 40. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. ... The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the northernmost of the east-west crossings of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA, connecting Richmond on the east to San Rafael on the west end. ... The Carquinez Bridge refers to parallel bridges which cross the Carquinez Strait linking Vallejo, California to the north, with Crockett, California to the south. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Contra Costa Government  - Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (G) Area  - City  52. ... The Benicia-Martinez Bridge, also known as the George Miller Jr. ... John Muirs home. ...


Peninsula

View of Colma, California, looking down from San Bruno Mountain

The area between San Francisco and the South Bay is the San Francisco Peninsula, known locally as the Peninsula. This area consists of a series of small cities and suburban communities in San Mateo County and the northwestern part of Santa Clara County, as well as various towns along the Pacific coast, such as Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. This area is extremely diverse, although it contains significant populations of affluent family households with the exception of East Palo Alto and some parts of Redwood City. Many of the cities and towns had originally been centers of rural life until the post-World War II era when large numbers of middle and upper class Bay area residents moved in and developed the small villages. Since the 1980s the area has seen a large growth rate of middle and upper class families who have settled in cities like Palo Alto, Redwood Shores and Atherton as part of the technology boom of Silicon Valley. Many of these families are of foreign background and have significantly contributed to the diversity of the area. The Peninsula is also home to what used to be one of the deadliest cities in the United States, East Palo Alto. Peninsula cities include: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco and Woodside. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 109 pixelsFull resolution (7444 × 1011 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 109 pixelsFull resolution (7444 × 1011 pixels, file size: 1. ... Colma is a small town in San Mateo County, California, at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula next to Daly City and South San Francisco. ... San Bruno Mountain lies south of San Francisco, CA in San Mateo County. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... San Mateo County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Pacific redirects here. ... -1... Half Moon Bay redirects here. ... East Palo Alto (or simply EPA) is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. ... Downtown Palo Alto Palo Alto is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA. Palo Alto is located at the northern end of the Silicon Valley, and is home to Stanford University (which is technically located in an adjacent area — Stanford, California), and... Redwood Shores is a neighborhood on the San Francisco Peninsula in California. ... Atherton is a town in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... East Palo Alto (or simply EPA) is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ...


East Bay

Looking west from the Berkeley Hills. Visible clockwise around the bay from the distant Golden Gate (upper center) are Marin County (Upper Right). Albany (Lower Right), Berkeley (Center and foreground), Emeryville (Lower Left), Oakland (Far Lower Left), South San Francisco (Far Upper Left) and San Francisco (Upper Left)
Looking west from the Berkeley Hills. Visible clockwise around the bay from the distant Golden Gate (upper center) are Marin County (Upper Right). Albany (Lower Right), Berkeley (Center and foreground), Emeryville (Lower Left), Oakland (Far Lower Left), South San Francisco (Far Upper Left) and San Francisco (Upper Left)

The eastern side of the bay, consisting of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is known locally as the East Bay. The East Bay is split into two regions, the inner East Bay, which sits on the Bay shoreline, and the outer East Bay, consisting of inland valleys separated from the inner East Bay by hills and mountains. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 207 pixelsFull resolution (8085 × 2090 pixel, file size: 10. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 207 pixelsFull resolution (8085 × 2090 pixel, file size: 10. ... The Berkeley Hills are a range of the Pacific Coast Ranges which overlook the northeast side of the valley in which San Francisco Bay is situated. ... The Golden Gate The Golden Gate, looking south towards San Francisco. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... The city of Albany highlighted within Alameda County Albany is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California, in the United States. ... The South San Francisco The Industrial City sign A Genentech-sponsored sign declaring South San Francisco to be the Birthplace of Biotechnology. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... A satellite image of the East Bay The East Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States and is comprised of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. ... A satellite image of the East Bay The East Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States and is comprised of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. ...

  • The inner East Bay includes the cities of Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Berkeley, and Richmond, as well as many smaller suburbs such as Alameda, Castro Valley, Newark, Union City, Emeryville, Albany, San Leandro, San Pablo, El Sobrante,Pinole, Piedmont, and El Cerrito. The inner East Bay is more urban, more densely populated, has a much older building stock (built before World War II) and a more ethnically diverse population. Oakland hosts the region's largest seaport and professional sports franchises in basketball, football, and baseball. As with many inner urban areas, the Inner East Bay also features a high incidence of crime as well as other socio-economic problems. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, more than 50% of all homicides in the Bay Area in 2002 occurred within the city limits of Oakland and Richmond. The homicide rates have steadily increased, as 2005 had the highest homicide rates for both Richmond and Oakland in many years.
  • The outer East Bay consists of the eastern portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and is divided into 4 distinct areas: "Lamorinda," Central Contra Costa County, The San Ramon Valley, and the Livermore-Amador Valley. Lamorinda includes the cities of Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette. Walnut Creek is situated between Lamorinda and the San Ramon Valley, and together with Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pleasant Hill comprises Central Contra Costa County. The cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, comprise the Livermore-Amador Valley (sometimes joined with the San Ramon Valley and called the Tri-Valley). The San Ramon Valley consists of Alamo, Danville, Diablo and its namesake, San Ramon to the south. The outer East Bay is connected to the inner East Bay by BART, Interstates 80, 580, and 680, and State Route 24 via the Caldecott Tunnel. The outer East Bay is part suburban, part rural and its infrastructure was mostly built up after World War II. This area remains largely white demographically, although the Hispanic population has grown significantly over the past 2-3 decades, particularly in the Concord area.

Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee... Hayward (pronounced ) is a city located in the East Bay in Alameda County. ... For the unincorporated community in Yolo County, California, see Fremont, Yolo County, California. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Contra Costa Government  - Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (G) Area  - City  52. ... Nickname: Location in the state of California and Alameda County Coordinates: , Country State County Alameda Government  - Mayor Beverly Johnson (D) Area  - Total 23. ... Castro Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County, California, United States. ... The city of Newark highlighted within Alameda County Newark is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... Union City is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California, in the United States. ... The city of Albany highlighted within Alameda County Albany is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... San Leandro is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... San Pablo is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ... El Sobrante is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Pinole is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Piedmont is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... El Cerrito is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Port. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Silver and Black Personnel Owner Al Davis General Manager Al Davis Head Coach Lane Kiffin Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Official website: http://www. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... // Moraga Way view toward Moraga Road. ... Lafayette is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Walnut Creek is a suburban community located several miles east of the city of Oakland in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Location of Concord in California. ... John Muirs home. ... For other places with the same name, see Pittsburg. ... Motto: Gateway to the Delta Location of Antioch within California Coordinates: , Country State County Contra Costa Government  - Mayor Donald P. Freitas  - State Senate Tom Torlakson (D)  - State Assembly Mark DeSaulnier (D)  - U. S. Congress Ellen Tauscher (D) Area  - Total 27. ... This article is about the city in Contra Costa County. ... Oakley is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Pleasant Hill is a city located in Contra Costa County, California, in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The public library in Dublin Dublin is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay region of Alameda County, California, United States. ... Location of Pleasanton within Alameda County, California. ... Livermore is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... The Tri-Valley region of California is based around the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon in the three valleys from which it takes its name: Amador Valley, Livermore Valley and San Ramon Valley. ... Alamo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. ... The Clock Tower square in the heart of downtown The north side of the downtown The southern end of downtown proper Town Meeting Hall Danville is an incorporated town located in a part of Contra Costa County, California called the San Ramon Valley, United States. ... Diablo is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... Interstate 80, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, has its western terminus in San Francisco, California, United States. ... Interstate 580 (abbreviated I-580) is an interstate highway in Northern California. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-280 SCL 0. ... State Route 24 in the U.S. State of California is a heavily-traveled east-west freeway in the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California between Oakland (junction Interstate 580, the MacArthur Freeway) and Walnut Creek (junction Interstate 680). ... The Caldecott Tunnel is a three bore tunnel in Oakland, California. ...

South Bay

Looking west over northern San Jose (downtown is at far left) and other parts of Silicon Valley
Looking west over northern San Jose (downtown is at far left) and other parts of Silicon Valley

The communities along the southern edge of the Bay are known as the South Bay, Santa Clara Valley, and Silicon Valley. Some Peninsula and East Bay towns are sometimes included in the latter. It includes the major city of San Jose, and its outlying neighbors, including the cities Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and the high-tech hubs of Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View as well as many other suburbs like Los Altos, Saratoga, Campbell and Los Gatos. Generally, the South Bay is Santa Clara County, but the northwest portion of the county (Palo Alto and Mountain View) is often considered part of the Peninsula instead. Home of Silicon Valley, the South Bay was also an early development of working and middle class families who left the coastal cities of the Eastern Bay south of Oakland and Alameda. Large numbers of families during the post-World War era also moved there for the aerospace industry. This area has long been developed and expanded and is often featured as a stereotype of the typical California suburban city. Today, the growth continues, primarily fueled by technology and cheap immigrant workers. The result has been a huge increase in the value of property forcing many middle class families out of the area or into nascent ghettos in older sections of the region. View looking west across Silicon Valley from South Rim Trail at Alum Rock Park. ... View looking west across Silicon Valley from South Rim Trail at Alum Rock Park. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ... The South Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States and is roughly synonymous with Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara Valley. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ... The South Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States and is roughly synonymous with Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara Valley. ... The Santa Clara Valley is a valley just south of the San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Morgan Hill (IPA: ) is a city located in the southern part of Santa Clara County, California, USA. Founded on November 10, 1906, the city was named after Hiram Morgan Hill, a San Franciscan who built a country retreat home here in 1884. ... Gilroy (IPA: ) is the southmost city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. According to the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 41,464. ... Location of Santa Clara within Santa Clara County, California. ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Jose Joe Esteves Area  - Total 13. ... Location of Cupertino within Santa Clara County, California. ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Otto Lee Area  - Total 22. ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto[1] Area  - City 25. ... Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... Los Altos (IPA: ) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Saratoga (IPA: [3]) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, directly west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ...


Befitting of the title Silicon Valley, this region is home to a vast number of technology sector giants. Some notable tech companies headquartered in the South Bay are AMD, Intel, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, eBay, and Yahoo!. As a consequence of the rapid growth of these and other companies, the South Bay has gained increasing political and economic influence both within California and throughout the world.
For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ... AMD redirects here. ... Intel redirects here. ... Cisco redirects here. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... Apple Inc. ... This article is about the corporation. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... Yahoo redirects here. ...


Santa Cruz and San Benito

The regional governments in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board include only the nine counties above in their boundaries or membership. (The BAAQMD includes all of the nine counties except the northern portions of Sonoma and Solano; the RWQCB includes all of San Francisco and the portions of the other eight counties that drain to San Francisco Bay or to the Pacific Ocean.)[7] However, the United States Census Bureau defines the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Consolidated Statistical Area as an eleven-county region, including the nine counties above plus Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Meanwhile, the California State Parks Department defines the Bay Area as including ten counties,[8] including Santa Cruz but excluding San Benito. On The Other hand, Santa Cruz and San Benito along with Monterey County are part of a different regional government organization called the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... San Benito County is a county located in the Coast Range Mountains of the U.S. state of California, south of San Jose. ... The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is a regional planning agency incorporating various local governments in California. ... The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is a regional planning, financing, and funding government agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... -1... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... San Benito County is a county located in the California Coast Range Mountains south of San Jose. ... Monterey County is a county located on the Pacific coast of California, its northwestern section forming the southern half of Monterey Bay. ... The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, or AMBAG, is a regional governmental organization which consists of representation of a large number of public agencies within Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and San Benito County, California. ...


Some residents of the Santa Cruz Mountains (Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Felton, Scotts Valley) do not usually consider themselves to be residents of the Bay Area, rather just of the Santa Cruz Mountains themselves. The Santa Cruz Mountains run along the spine of the San Francisco Peninsula, beginning in San Francisco and continuing down to their terminus near the City of Gilroy, effectively creating the Santa Clara Valley. The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California, United States. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Santa Clara Valley is a valley just south of the San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ...


The city of Santa Cruz is geographically isolated from the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is usually considered a part of the Monterey Bay area since the city lies on the north end of the Monterey Bay. The city is also sometimes regarded as the northernmost point of the California Central Coast, which extends along the state's coastline to Santa Barbara. A view of Monterey Bay Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California, south of San Francisco. ... The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, extending from Santa Cruz in the north to Santa Barbara in the south, but centering primarily on Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - Total 41. ...


This partial inclusion of these two counties in the Bay Area is one manifestation of a "spillover" where, because of high housing prices in the Bay Area proper, people with Bay Area jobs purchase homes in outlying areas and endure long commutes. This blurs the outer borders of the Bay Area, which now can be said to spillover not only to the south (Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties) but to the Central Valley counties of Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Yolo. The California Central Valley The California Central Valley dominates the central portion of the state of California. ... Sacramento County is a county in the U.S. state of California. ... San Joaquin County is a county located in Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, just east of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Stanislaus County is a county located in Californias California Central Valley, between Stockton and Fresno. ... Yolo County is located in the northern part of the U.S. state of California, bordered by the counties of Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Lake, Colusa, and Sutter. ...


Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 658,111
1910 925,708 40.7%
1920 1,182,911 27.8%
1930 1,578,009 33.4%
1940 1,734,308 9.9%
1950 2,681,322 54.6%
1960 3,638,939 35.7%
1970 4,628,199 27.2%
1980 5,179,784 11.9%
1990 6,023,577 16.3%
2000 6,783,760 12.6%

As of 2006 , there were 6,927,555 people residing in the Bay Area. The racial makeup of the 9 County Bay Area was 47.29% White, 19.83% Asian, 0.67% Pacific Islander, 7.32% African American, 0.87% Native American, 9.46% from other races, and 5.28% from two or more races. 19.89% of the population were Hispanic of any race. 29.6% of the population was foreign born. 1900 US Census The Twelfth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 76,212,168, an increase of 21. ... The Thirteenth United States Census was taken in 1910. ... The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twentieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,545,805, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


As of 2006, there were 7,236,391 people residing in the Greater Bay Area. The racial makeup of the 9 County Bay Area plus Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties was 50.41% White, 19.96% Asian, 0.72% Pacific Islander, 7.35% African American, 0.90% Native American, 10.17% from other races, 5.46% from two or more races. 21.19% of the population were Hispanic of any race. 31.8% of the population was foreign born. The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Affluence

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the wealthiest regions in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, of the 280 defined metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest median household income in the nation with $62,024 in the year 2000. The Census Bureau also released data in August 2006 citing San José as having the second highest median household income among large cities. Among medium-sized cities, Pleasanton has the highest household income in the country, and Livermore the third highest. Nevertheless, disposable income is very comparable with the rest of the country, largely because the increased cost of living offsets increased income.[9] The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The United States Bureau of the Census defines 280 metropolitan statistical areas. ... Location of Pleasanton within Alameda County, California. ... Livermore is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. ... For the album by punk rock band, Snuff, see Disposable Income (album) Disposable income is the total amount of income an individual makes after direct taxes. ...


While only 26% of households nationwide boast incomes of over $75,000 a year, 48% of households in the San Francisco Bay Area enjoy such incomes.[10] The percentage of households with incomes exceeding the $100,000 mark in the Bay Area was double the nationwide percentage. Roughly one third (31%) of households in the San Francisco Bay Area had a six figure income, versus less than 16% at the nationwide level.[11] In June 2003, a study by Stanford University reviewing US Census Bureau statistics determined the median household income in the San Francisco Bay Area to be roughly 60% above national average.[10] Overall the largest income bracket in the Bay Area were households making between $100,000 and $150,000 annually, who constituted roughly 18% of households.[10] On a national level the largest income bracket were households with incomes between $30,000 and $40,000 who constituted 13% of all households nationwide.[11] For information on the income of individuals, see Personal income in the United States. ... For information on the income of individuals, see Personal income in the United States. ... Luxury vehicles are some of the most common status symbols in western society and are often associated with six figure income households or persons. ... For information on the income of individuals, see Personal income in the United States. ... For information on the income of individuals, see Personal income in the United States. ... For information on the income of individuals, see Personal income in the United States. ...


Six of the top ten California places with the highest per capita income are in the San Francisco Bay Area (Belvedere, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Diablo). Of the 100 highest income counties by per capita income in the United States, six are in the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda). According to Forbes Magazine, published in 2005, 12 of the top 50 most expensive Zip Codes are in the Bay Area (Atherton, Ross, Diablo, Belvedere-Tiburon, Nicasio, Portola Valley, Los Altos-Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno, the Cow Hollow-Marina District of San Francisco, Alamo, and Burlingame-Hillsborough). [1] Belvedere is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco located in Marin County, California. ... Atherton is a town in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... Woodside (pop. ... Portola Valley is a town located in San Mateo County, California. ... Diablo is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Traditionally speaking, Marin County, California, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Westchester County, New York, and Fairfax County, Virginia are considered to be the highest income counties in the United States, however none of the last three rank first by per capita or median household income. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... San Mateo County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... This article is about the city in California. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Official website: http://www. ... Atherton is a town in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... Ross is a small town in Marin County, California United States, just north of San Francisco. ... Diablo is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Belvedere is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco located in Marin County, California. ... A View of Downtown Tiburon, near the Ferry Docks. ... Nicasio is a village located in the hills of west Marin County, California, United States. ... Portola Valley is a town located in San Mateo County, California. ... Los Altos (IPA: ) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Los Altos Hills (IPA: ) is a town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ... Monte Sereno is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. The population was 3,483 at the 2000 census. ... Cow Hollow is an upper-class neighborhood in San Francisco, California, located between Russian Hill and The Presidio. ... The Marina District is one of the northern districts of San Francisco, California. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Alamo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. ... Location in San Mateo County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County San Mateo Incorporated June 6, 1908 Government  - Mayor Terry Nagel  - City Manager Jim Nantell Area  - City  6. ... Hillsborough is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

This graph compares the income distribution among Bay Area households to the national level.
This graph compares the income distribution among Bay Area households to the national level.[10][11]

Forty-two San Francisco Bay Area residents made the Forbes magazine's 400 richest Americans list, published in 2006.[12] Thirteen live within San Francisco proper, placing it seventh among cities in the world. Among the forty-two were several well-known names such as Steve Jobs, George Lucas, and Charles Schwab. The highest-ranking resident is Larry Ellison of Oracle at No. 4. He is worth $19.5 billion. Image File history File linksMetadata SF_vs_US_Income. ... Image File history File linksMetadata SF_vs_US_Income. ... For other uses, see Forbes (disambiguation). ... Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955) is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Charles Schwab can refer to: Charles M. Schwab, 19th century industrialist and financier. ... Lawrence Larry Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company and is the 11th richest person in the world [1] // Ellison was born in New York City to Florence Spellman, a 19-year-old... Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) is one of the major companies developing database management systems (DBMS), tools for database development, middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software. ...


A study by Claritas indicates that in 2004, 5% of all households within the San Francisco and San José metropolitan areas held $1 million in investable assets [2], and Wells Fargo estimates that there are 180,000 millionaire households in the Bay Area, 10% of which have $5 million or more in assets [3]. Millionairess redirects here. ... An older Wells Fargo branch, located in Berkeley, California Wells Fargos corporate headquarters and main branch Wells Fargo & Co. ...


Living expenses

The popularity of the region, owing both to its mild weather and its cultural and economic diversity, combined with strong anti-growth sentiment (both local and statewide), has led to high housing costs, especially for ownership and for commercial property leases. Owing to the relatively lower costs of outlying housing and limited public transportation, long, expensive, and often unpleasant automobile commutes are common in the region, and these costs tend to trickle down throughout various activities, making many other activities such as dining out, theater tickets, etc. more expensive than in other areas of the country. Wages of only a limited portion of the population have kept pace with the increased expenses, and many minimum wage earners, even those holding multiple jobs, (and many families with multiple members employed) are classified as "working poor", while the higher incomes necessary for a satisfactory lifestyle in the region lead to higher taxes, especially at the federal level for persons not qualifying for high mortgage or self employment related deductions. Although most working-class households in the United States earn between $20,000–$30,000 a year, working-class households in the Bay Area earn over $50,000 a year performing the same jobs (such as in the service industry), which would be considered middle-class in other parts of the country. Nevertheless, because of extremely expensive housing costs, disposable income of working-class Bay Area households is only equivalent to the amount of disposable income in other parts of the country because the rest of the income increase goes to pay for an increased cost of living. Therefore, although the great majority of the population is much more affluent (without taking into account the increased costs of living) compared to the rest of the country, the disposable income is nearly identical. This enables low cost goods shops such as variety stores to maintain a presence in the Bay Area. The minimum wage is the minimum rate a worker can legally be paid (usually per hour) as opposed to wages that are determined by the forces of supply and demand in a free market. ... Working poor is a term used to describe individuals and families who maintain regular employment but remain in relative poverty due to low levels of pay and dependent expenses. ... This article is about the socio-economic class from a global vantage point. ... For the album by punk rock band, Snuff, see Disposable Income (album) Disposable income is the total amount of income an individual makes after direct taxes. ... For the album by punk rock band, Snuff, see Disposable Income (album) Disposable income is the total amount of income an individual makes after direct taxes. ... For the album by punk rock band, Snuff, see Disposable Income (album) Disposable income is the total amount of income an individual makes after direct taxes. ... A 99 cent store A variety store or price-point retailer is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, usually with a single price point for all items in the store. ...


Political views

The Bay Area is renowned as being among the most liberal areas in the country. According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index (CPVI), congressional districts the Bay Area tend to favor Democratic candidates by roughly 40 percentage points, considerably above the mean for Coastal California or California overall. All but one congressional district in the region voted for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election with only 25% of votes being cast in support of George W. Bush. CPVI ratings ranged from D +14 in San Jose to D +21 in Marin County and D +38 in Barbara Lee's district encompassing Berkeley and Oakland. Nancy Pelosi's district, California's 8th which includes most of the city of San Francisco, had a CPVI rating of D +36 with G. W. Bush having received only 14% of votes in the city. Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... The Cook Partisan Voting Index indicates how much more Democratic or Republican a district performs compared to the nation as a whole. ... U.S. Congressional districts for representation in the House are determined after each census. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Counties commonly seen as constituting coastal California. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 to elect the president. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The Cook Partisan Voting Index (CPVI), sometimes referred to as simply a Partisan Voting Index (PVI), is a measure of how strongly an American congressional district leans toward one political party compared to the nation as a whole. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Marin County is a county located in Californias San Francisco Bay Area, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing Californias 9th congressional district (map) and is the first woman to represent that district. ... Berkeley is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern United States. ... Aerial view looking west over downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt and the Port of Oakland in the upper left portion of the image. ... Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and the 43rd and current President of the United States. ...


Over the last four and a half decades the 9 county Bay Area has voted for a Republican candidate only twice, in 1972 for Richard Nixon and in 1980 for Ronald Reagan. The last county to have voted Republican was Napa county in 1988 for George H. W. Bush. GOP redirects here. ... Nixon redirects here. ... Reagan redirects here. ... Napa Valley redirects here. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...

Presidential election results
Year Democrat Republican
2004 69.2% 1,926,726 29.3% 815,225
2000 64.1% 1,607,695 30.0% 751,832
1996 60.5% 1,417,511 28.3% 662,263
1992 56.2% 1,476,971 25.0% 658,202
1988 57.8% 1,338,533 40.8% 945,802
1984 50.8% 1,157,855 47.9% 1,090,115
1980 40.7% 827,309 44.4% 904,100
1976 49.9% 950,055 45.8% 872,920
1972 48.2% 990,560 49.1 1,007,615
1968 50.8% 890,650 41.3% 725,304
1964 65.7% 1,116,215 34.1% 579,528
1960 52.0% 820,860 47.6% 751,719
District Location Cook Partisan Index % for Bush, 2004 Median Household Income[13] Per Capita Income[13]
&066th district Marin and Sonoma County D +21 28% $59,115 $33,036
&077th district Richmond, Vallejo, Vacaville, and Pittsburg D +19 32% $52,778 $22,016
&088th district City and County of San Francisco D +36 14% $52,322 $34,552
&099th district Oakland, Berkeley and the Oakland hills D +38 13% $44,314 $25,201
&1010th district Fairfield, Livermore, Pleasant Hill, and Concord D +09 40% $65,245 $31,093
&1111th district Parts of Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties including Morgan Hill, Pleasanton, and San Ramon R +03 54% $61,996 $28,420
&1212th district San Francisco Peninsula including most of San Mateo County D +22 27% $70,307 $34,448
&1313th district Silicon Valley and East Bay, including Fremont, Union city and Hayward D +22 28% $62,415 $26,076
&1414th district Silicon Valley, including Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz D +18 30% $77,985 $43,063
&1515th district City of San Jose (western areas) D +14 36% $74,947 $32,617
&1616th district San Jose, Morgan Hill D +16 36% $67,689 $25,064
Median Districts: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th D +21.5 28% $65,052 $32,826

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Weather

Because the hills, mountains, and large bodies of water produce such vast geographic diversity within this region, the Bay Area offers a significant variety of microclimates. The areas near the Pacific Ocean are generally characterized by relatively small temperature variations during the year, with cool foggy summers and mild rainy winters. Inland areas, especially those separated from the ocean by hills or mountains, have hotter summers and colder overnight temperatures during the winter. Few residential areas ever experience snow, but peaks over 2,000 feet (610 m) are often dusted with snow several times each winter (including Mount St. Helena, Mount Hamilton, Mount Diablo, and Mount Tamalpais). The coast north of San Francisco, where year-round cool, moist conditions enable redwoods to grow, has almost nothing in common with Livermore, just 40 miles (64 km) inland across the bay, which has desert-like precipitation and heat. San José at the south end of the Bay averages fewer than 15 inches (380 mm) of rain annually, while Napa at the north end of the Bay averages over 30 and parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains just a few miles west of San José get over 55. In the summer, inland regions can be over 40 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) warmer than the coast. This large temperature contrast induces a strong pressure gradient, which results in brisk coastal winds which help keep the coastal climate cool and typically, foggy during the summer. Additionally, strong winds are produced through gaps in the coastal ranges such as the Golden Gate, the Carquinez Strait, and the Altamont Pass, the latter the site of extensive wind farms. During the fall and winter seasons, when not stormy, a high pressure area is usually present inland, leading to an offshore flow. While negatively impacting air quality this also clears fog away from the Pacific shore, and so the best weather in San Francisco can usually be found from mid September through mid November. Winter storms are typically short, wet, and mild in temperature, being caused by cold fronts sweeping the eastern Pacific and originating from low pressure systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Occasionally during the Summer, spells of warm humid weather will drift over the Bay Area from the Southwest Monsoon, usually bringing high variable clouds as well, and more rarely, high-based thunderstorms. Microclimate on rock located in intertidal zone on rock at Sunrise-on Sea Tree ferns thrive in a protected dell at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall, England, latitude 50° 15N A microclimate is a geographical zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. ... Mount Hamilton is a mountain in Californias Diablo Range. ... Mount Diablo State Park is a state park in California, USA. View of Mt. ... Mount Tamalpais (IPA: ; MWCD , known locally as Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA, often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... Genera Actinostrobus Athrotaxis Austrocedrus Callitris - Cypress-pine Callitropsis - Cypress * (Cupressus) Calocedrus - Incense-cedar Chamaecyparis - Cypress Cryptomeria - Sugi Cunninghamia - Cunninghamia Cupressus - Cypress Diselma - Diselma Fitzroya - Alerce Fokienia - Fujian Cypress Glyptostrobus - Chinese Swamp Cypress Juniperus - Juniper Libocedrus Metasequoia - Dawn Redwood Microbiota - Microbiota Neocallitropsis Papuacedrus * (Libocedrus) Pilgerodendron * (Libocedrus) Platycladus - Chinese Arborvitae Sequoia - Coast... The Golden Gate The Golden Gate, looking south towards San Francisco. ... Carquinez Strait The Carquinez Strait is a narrow tidal strait in northern California. ... The Altamont Pass is a mountain pass in Northern California, United States, located between Livermore in the Livermore Valley and Tracy in the San Joaquin Valley. ... A wind farm is a collection of wind turbines in the same location. ... The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east, where Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage are found. ... For other uses, see Monsoon (disambiguation). ... A shelf cloud associated with a heavy or severe thunderstorm over Enschede, The Netherlands. ...

Skyline Boulevard stretches through the Santa Cruz Mountains, here near Palo Alto, California. During winter and spring, the hills surrounding the Bay Area are lush and green.
Skyline Boulevard stretches through the Santa Cruz Mountains, here near Palo Alto, California. During winter and spring, the hills surrounding the Bay Area are lush and green.
Rain is rare in the Bay Area during the summer months. As a result, the surrounding hills quickly become dry and golden-hued in grassy areas.
Rain is rare in the Bay Area during the summer months. As a result, the surrounding hills quickly become dry and golden-hued in grassy areas.

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Geology and landforms

See also: San Francisco Bay

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Multiple terranes

The area is well known worldwide for the complexity of its landforms, the region being composed of at least six terranes (continental, seabed, or island arc fragments with distinct characteristics) pushed together over millions of years by the forces of plate tectonics. As a consequence, many types of rock and soil are found in the region. Formations include the sedimentary rocks of sandstone, limestone, and shale in uplifted seabeds, metamorphic serpentine rock, coal deposits, and igneous forms as the basalt flows and ash deposits of extinct volcanos. Pleistocene-era fossils of mammals are abundantly present in some locations. A terrane in paleogeography is an accretion that has collided with a continental nucleus, or craton but can be recognized by the foreign origin of its rock strata. ... Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... The seabed (also sea floor, seafloor, or ocean floor) is the bottom of the ocean. ... An island arc is a type of archipelago formed by plate tectonics as one oceanic tectonic plate subducts under another and produces magma. ... The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century. ... Two types of sedimentary rock: limey shale overlaid by limestone. ... This article is about the geological formation. ... For other uses, see Limestone (disambiguation). ... Shale Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock whose original constituents were clays or muds. ... The term Metamorphic can be associated with a number of meanings:- Metamorphic rock The term for rocks that have been transformed by extreme heat and pressure. ... For other uses, see Serpentine (disambiguation). ... Coal Example chemical structure of coal Coal is a fossil fuel formed in ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... Igneous rocks are formed when molten rock (magma) cools and solidifies, with or without crystallization, either below the surface as intrusive (plutonic) rocks or on the surface as extrusive (volcanic) rocks. ... Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska photographed from the International Space Station For other uses, see Volcano (disambiguation). ... The Pleistocene epoch (IPA: ) on the geologic timescale is the period from 1,808,000 to 11,550 years BP. The Pleistocene epoch had been intended to cover the worlds recent period of repeated glaciations. ... For other uses, see Fossil (disambiguation). ... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria For the folk-rock band see The Mammals. ...


Vertical relief

The region has considerable vertical relief in its landscapes that are not in the alluvial plains leading to the bay or in inland valleys. In combination with the extensive water regions this has forced the fragmented development of urban and suburban regions and has led to extensive building on poor soils in the limited flatland areas and considerable expense in connecting the various subregions with roads, tunnels, and bridges. An alluvial plain is a relatively flat and gently sloping landform found at the base of a range of hills. ...


Several mountains are associated with some of the many ridge and hill structures created by compressive forces between the Pacific Plate and the North American plate. These provide spectacular views (in appropriate weather) of large portions of the Bay Area and include Marin County's Mount Tamalpais at 2,571 feet (784 m). Contra Costa County's Mount Diablo at 3,849 feet (1,173 m), Alameda County's Mission Peak at 2,517 feet (767 m), and Santa Clara County's Mount Hamilton at 4,213 ft (1,284 m), the latter with significant astronomical studies performed at its crowning Lick Observatory. Mount Tamalpais (IPA: ; MWCD , known locally as Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA, often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... Mount Diablo State Park is a state park in California, USA. View of Mt. ... Mission Peak is a peak east of Fremont, California. ... Mount Hamilton is a mountain in Californias Diablo Range. ... The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. ...


The three major ridge structures (part of the Pacific Coast Range) which are all roughly parallel to the major faultlines: The Pacific Coast Ranges are the series of mountain ranges that stretch along west coast of North America from Alaska to Mexico. ...

  • The various ranges which form the spine of the San Francisco Peninsula and Marin County (San Andreas Fault)
  • The Berkeley Hills, San Leandro Hills and their southern ridgeline extension through Mission Peak (Hayward Fault)
  • The Diablo Range, which includes Mount Diablo and Mount Hamilton (Calaveras Fault)

The Berkeley Hills are a range of the Pacific Coast Ranges which overlook the northeast side of the valley in which San Francisco Bay is situated. ... The Diablo Range is a large group of mountain chains and ranges in western California. ... Mount Diablo State Park is a state park in California, USA. View of Mt. ... Mount Hamilton is a mountain in Californias Diablo Range. ...

Major waterways

Main article: Hydrography of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Hydrography of the San Francisco Bay Area is a complex network of watersheds, marshes, rivers, creeks, resevoirs, and bays predominantly draining into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. ... The San Joaquin River, 330 miles (530 km) long, is the second-longest river in California, United States. ... The Sacramento River is the longest river in the U.S. state of California. ... The Napa River, approximately 55 miles (89 km) long, is a river in the U.S. state of California. ... Waterfall at Sugarloaf Mountain headwaters of Sonoma Creek Sonoma Creek is one of two principal drainages of Southern Sonoma County, California, with headwaters rising in the rugged hills of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and discharge to San Pablo Bay, the northern arm of San Francisco Bay. ... The Guadalupe River is a short river in California that runs from the Santa Cruz Mountains flowing north through San Jose, California, and emptying into the San Francisco Bay at Alviso. ... Coyote Creek is a river that flows through the Santa Clara Valley. ... The Petaluma River is a river in Sonoma County, California. ... San Pablo Creek is a creek in Contra Costa County, California whichs runs between its farthest sources in Orinda and its delta in Richmonds Marshlands into San Pablo Bay. ... Wildcat Creek is a creek over 10 miles long between the urban areas of Richmond and Berkeley, California. ... External links Oakland Estuary Panorama ... Russian River may refer to the following rivers; Russian River (California), in California Russian River (Alaska), in Alaska Rivers of Russia, in Russia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The San Lorenzo River is the main river running through Santa Cruz, California. ... Gulf of the Farallones is a gulf of the Pacific Ocean off of the San Francisco, California coast. ...

Earthquake faults

Map showing some of the major faults in the Bay Area. Numerous minor faults are also capable of generating locally destructive earthquakes.

The region is also traversed by six major slip-strike fault systems with hundreds of related faults, many of which are "sister faults" of the infamous San Andreas Fault, all of which are stressed by the relative motion between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate or by compressive stresses between these plates. Significant blind thrust faults (faults with near vertical motion and no surface ruptures) are associated with portions of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the northern reaches of the Diablo Range and Mount Diablo. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (825x507, 88 KB)ABAG Fault map for San Francisco Bay Area from http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (825x507, 88 KB)ABAG Fault map for San Francisco Bay Area from http://www. ... View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California, 35°07N, 119°39W The San Andreas Fault is a geological fault that runs a length of roughly 800 miles (1300 kilometres) through western and southern California in the United States. ...  The Pacific plate, shown in pale yellow The Pacific Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean. ...  The North American plate, shown in brown The North American Plate is a tectonic plate covering most of North America, extending eastward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and westward to the Cherskiy Range in East Siberia. ... A thrust fault is a particular type of fault, or break in the fabric of the Earths crust with resulting movement of each side against the other, in which a lower stratigraphic position is pushed up and over another. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California, United States. ... The Diablo Range is a large group of mountain chains and ranges in western California. ... Mount Diablo State Park is a state park in California, USA. View of Mt. ...


Natural hazards

Earthquakes

Map showing earthquake amplification due to soil type.

The region is particularly exposed to hazards associated with large earthquakes,[14] owing to a combination of factors: Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (442x682, 25 KB)ABAG shake map for San Francisco Bay Area representing ground motion amplification. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (442x682, 25 KB)ABAG shake map for San Francisco Bay Area representing ground motion amplification. ... This article is about the natural seismic phenomenon. ...

  • Numerous major active faults in the region.
  • A combined thirty year probability of a major earthquake in excess of seventy percent.
  • Poorly responding native soil conditions in many places near the bay and in inland valleys, soils which amplify shaking as shown in the map to the right.
  • Large areas of filled marshlands and bay muds that are significantly urbanized, with most subject to liquefaction, becoming unable to support structures.
  • A large inventory of older buildings, many of which are expected to perform poorly in a major earthquake.
  • Extensive building in areas subject to landslide, mudslide, and in some locations directly over active fault surface rubble zones.
  • Most lowrise construction is not fireproof and water systems are likely to be extensively damaged and so large areas are subject to destruction by fire after a large earthquake.
  • The coastal location makes the region vulnerable to Pacific Ocean tsunamis.[15]

Some of these hazards are being addressed by seismic retrofitting, education in household seismic safety, and even complete replacement of major structures such as the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Earthquake liquefaction, often referred to simply as liquefaction, is the process by which saturated, unconsolidated soil or sand is converted into a suspension during an earthquake. ... This article is about geological phenomenon. ... Mudslide in La Conchita, California A mudslide is a landslide of mud. ... The tsunami that struck Malé in the Maldives on December 26, 2004. ... Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Proposed replacement span Obsolete eastern span and replacement construction Construction progress, January 2007 As of June 2006, work is continuing on the eastern span replacement of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. ...


For an article concerning a typical fault in the region and its associated hazards see Hayward Fault Zone. For projected ground movement after selecting a locality and a generating fault see this ABAG web page For recent activity in the region shown on this map see the USGS map for this location. ...


Flooding

Some flooding occurs on local drainages under sustained wet conditions when the ground becomes saturated, more frequently in the North Bay area, which tends to receive substantially more rainfall than the South Bay. In one case, the Napa River drainage, floodplain developments are being purchased and removed and natural wetlands restored in the innovative Napa River Flood Project as the previous channelization of insufficient capacity around such developments was causing flooding problems upstream. Many of the local creeks have been channelized, although modern practice and some restoration work includes returning the creeks to a natural state with dry stormwater bypasses constructed to handle flooding. While quite expensive, the restoration of a natural environment is of high priority in the intensively urbanized areas of the region. The Napa River, approximately 55 miles (89 km) long, is a river in the U.S. state of California. ... The Napa River-Napa Creek Flood Protection Project is a Civil Works project of the US Army Corps of Engineers in the city of Napa, California. ...


Windstorms and Wildfires

Typically between late November and early March, a very strong Pacific storm can bring both substantial rainfall (saturating and weakening soil) and strong wind gusts that can cause trees to fall on power lines. Owing to the wide area involved (sometimes hundreds of miles of coast), service can be interrupted for up to several days in some more remote localities, but service is usually restored quickly in urban areas.


In the Spring and Fall, strong offshore winds periodically develop. These winds are an especially dangerous fire hazard in the fall when vegetation is at its driest, as exemplified historically by the 1923 Berkeley Fire and the 1991 Oakland Firestorm. Diablo wind is a regional term for the föhn wind that often occurs in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The 1923 Berkeley Fire was a conflagration which consumed some 640 structures, including 584 homes in the densely-built neighborhoods north of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, California on September 17, 1923. ... Infrared aerial photograph of the firestorm. ...


Mudslides and Landslides

Some geologically unstable areas have been extensively urbanized, and can become mobile due to changes in drainage patterns and grading created for development. These are usually confined to small areas, but there have been larger problems in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Transportation

(1) Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, (2) Golden Gate Bridge, (3) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, (4) San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, (5) Dumbarton Bridge, (6) Carquinez Bridge, (7) Benicia-Martinez Bridge
(1) Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, (2) Golden Gate Bridge, (3) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, (4) San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, (5) Dumbarton Bridge, (6) Carquinez Bridge, (7) Benicia-Martinez Bridge

The Bay Area is served by many public transportation systems, including three international airports (SFO, OAK, SJC), six major overlapping bus transit agencies (AC Transit, Muni, SamTrans, VTA, Golden Gate Transit, County Connection), in addition to dozens of smaller ones. There are four rapid transit and regional rail systems including BART and CalTrain and two light rail systems (San Francisco Muni Metro and VTA Light-rail). There are also several regional rail lines provided by Amtrak, notable the Capitol Corridor. In addition to rail lines, there are multiple public and private ferry services (notably Golden Gate Ferry and Blue and Gold Fleet), which are being expanded by the San Francisco Bay Water Transit Authority. The regional ferry hub is San Francisco Ferry Building. AC Transit and some other agencies provide an extensive network of express "transbay" commuter buses from the suburbs to San Francisco Transbay Terminal. // Airports San Francisco International Airport (SFO) The largest and oldest airport in the region, and a major international hub airport in California second only to LAX (Los Angeles). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the northernmost of the east-west crossings of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA, connecting Richmond on the east to San Rafael on the west end. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. ... The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ( ; known locally as the Bay Bridge) is a toll bridge which spans San Francisco Bay and links the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco in the United States, as part of Interstate 80. ... Eastern causeway portion of San Mateo-Hayward Bay Bridge (view from Hayward looking west toward San Mateo) Overview The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is a bridge crossing the San Francisco Bay, in the US, linking the San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. ... The Dumbarton Bridge is the southernmost of the highway bridges that span the San Francisco Bay in California. ... The Carquinez Bridge refers to parallel bridges which cross the Carquinez Strait linking Vallejo, California to the north, with Crockett, California to the south. ... The Benicia-Martinez Bridge, also known as the George Miller Jr. ... A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... For the television series, see San Francisco International Airport (TV series). ... Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAK, ICAO: KOAK, FAA LID: OAK), also known as Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, is an airport located 4 miles (6 km) south of downtown Oakland in Alameda County, California. ... The Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport is a medium-sized airport in San José, California. ... Autobus redirects here. ... AC Transit (in full, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District) is a regional bus agency serving parts of Alameda County and Contra Costa County in the western coastal area of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The San Francisco Municipal Railway, or Muni as it is commonly known, is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California. ... San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is a public transport agency in and around San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... [[|right|200px]] Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is a special-purpose district responsible for public transit services, congestion management, specific highway improvement projects, and countywide transportation planning for Santa Clara County, California, United States. ... Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority) is a public transit agency in and around Concord, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the United States. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... Muni Metro is a mass transit system operated in the City and County of San Francisco by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, managed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. ... A schematic map of the VTA LRT system The VTA light rail system consists of 42. ... Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ... Amtrak California system map, with Capitol Corridor in Red The Capitol Corridor is a 172-mile (275 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in California. ... Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... Blue & Gold Fleet is a privately owned public transportation system that uses ferries in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... San Francisco Bay Water Transit Authority (WTA) is a government entity created by the California state legislature in 1999. ... The Embarcaderos Ferry Building The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay and a shopping center located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... San Francisco Transbay Terminal, or simply Transbay Terminal, is a transportation complex in San Francisco, California, USA, located roughly in the center of the rectangle bounded north-south by Mission Street and Howard Street, and east-west by Beale Street and Second Street. ...


The freeway and highway system is very extensive; however, many freeways are heavily congested during rush hour, especially the trans-bay bridges (Golden Gate and Bay Bridge). Furthermore there are some large gaps in the highways which run onto city streets in San Francisco, partially due to the Freeway Revolt (SF Board of Supervisors decisions made in 1959, 1964 and 1966), which prevented completion of freeways connecting the San Francisco Bay Bridge western terminus ( Highway 80) with the southern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Highway 101 through San Francisco, and additionally due to the destruction of several of those very freeway structures that sparked the revolt, which were damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and subsequently removed rather than being reinforced or rebuilt. For specific systems, such as the Autobahns of Germany, see list of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic. ... For other uses, see Highway (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... For other uses, see Rush hour (disambiguation). ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. ... The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ( ; known locally as the Bay Bridge) is a toll bridge which spans San Francisco Bay and links the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco in the United States, as part of Interstate 80. ... The Freeway Revolts (sometimes expressway revolts) refer to a phenomenon encountered in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, where planned freeway construction in many U.S. cities was halted due to widespread public opposition; especially of those whose neighborhoods would be disrupted or displaced by the proposed freeways. ... San Francisco skyline. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Bay Bridge, with the skyline of San Francisco in the background. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 80 In the U.S. state of California, Interstate 80, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, has its western terminus in San Francisco, California, United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: U.S. Route 101 In the U.S. state of California, U.S. Route 101 (also known as Highway 101, The 101 in Southern California, and simply 101 in Northern California) is one of the last remaining and longest U.S. Routes still active... The Loma Prieta earthquake was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p. ...


Higher education

The region is home to many universities and seminaries, most notably the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco. In 2003, there were approximately 545,000 students enrolled in college or graduate school, while approximately 41 percent of residents aged 25 years and over had a bachelors degree or higher.[16] The San Francisco Bay Area population is near the top in the Nation for overall education level. The San Francisco and San Jose PMSAs rank third and fourth in college graduates, ahead of Boston and behind only Boulder–Longmont, Co PMSA and Stamford–Norwalk, CT PMSA. Santa Cruz PMSA ranks eighth and the Oakland PMSA eleventh.[17] For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... A seminary is a specialised university-like institution for the purpose of training candidates for positions within a religious context. ... Sather Tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... Stanford redirects here. ... The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the worlds leading centers of health sciences research, patient care, and education. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ... The Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area is a United States Census Bureau defined Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) located in the Boulder region of the State of Colorado. ... Fairfield County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ...

Public

University of California, Berkeley.
University of California, Berkeley.

Seminaries Photograph of Memorial Glade at the UC Berkeley campus taken on November 2, 2002 by gku. ... Photograph of Memorial Glade at the UC Berkeley campus taken on November 2, 2002 by gku. ... Berkeley City College, formerly Vista Community College, one of the California Community Colleges, is part of the Peralta Community College District. ... Cabrillo College named after the explorer Juan Cabrillo, is a community college in Aptos, California. ... The California Maritime Academy (also known as CMA, Cal Maritime and CSU, Maritime) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States. ... California State University, East Bay (also known as CSUEB, Cal State East Bay, and formerly known as California State University, Hayward) is a campus of the California State University system. ... Cañada College is a community college located at 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City, California just off of Highway 280. ... Chabot College is one of Californias community colleges, part of the Los Positas-Chabot Community College District. ... City College of San Francisco, or CCSF, is a two-year community college in San Francisco, California. ... College of Alameda is a two-year community college located in Alameda, California. ... College of Marin is a community college in Kentfield, CA, in Marin County. ... The College of San Mateo is a public community college in San Mateo County, California, formerly known as San Mateo Junior College (SMJC). ... Contra Costa College, in San Pablo, California, is the west campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. ... Flint Center, the main auditorium De Anza College is a 112 acre (453,000 m²) community college located in Cupertino, California. ... Diablo Valley College (DVC) is a two-year community college located in Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County, California. ... Evergreen Valley College is a community college located on the southeastern foothills of San Jose, California. ... Entrance to Foothill College Example of Foothills unique campus architecture Foothill College is a community college located in Los Altos Hills, California and is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. ... Laney College is a community college located in Oakland, California. ... Las Positas College is a community college located in Livermore, California. ... Los Medanos College is a two-year community college located in Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, California. ... Merritt College is a two-year community college located in Oakland in Alameda County, California. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Ohlone College is a community college located in Fremont, California. ... San Jose City College, founded in 1921, is a community college located in the city of San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. ... San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State, State and SFSU) is a public university located in the southwestern San Francisco, California, bordering Lake Merced and Lowell High School, near Fort Funston and Daly City, near the San Mateo County line. ... San José State University, commonly shortened to San José State and SJSU, is the founding campus of what became the California State University system. ... The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is a community college located in the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California. ... Sonoma State University is a public, coeducational business and liberal arts college affiliated with the California State University system. ... Skyline College is a community (or junior) college located in San Mateo County, California, within the limits of the city of San Bruno, California somewhat south of San Francisco. ... Solano Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Fairfield, Solano County, California (between San Francisco and Sacramento). ... West Valley College is a community college in northern California, founded in 1964. ... Sather Tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... University of California, Hastings College of the Law is a first tier law school located in the Civic Center of San Francisco, California. ... The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the worlds leading centers of health sciences research, patient care, and education. ... “UCSC” redirects here. ...

Private American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) is a theological school affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ... Church Divinity School of the Pacific is one of the eleven seminaries of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ... -1... The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) is a Roman Catholic college/seminary/graduate school, sponsored by the Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (also known as the Western Province) and located in Berkeley, California. ... The Franciscan School of Theology is a Franciscan Seminary in Berkeley, California. ... Fuller Northern California is one of Fuller Theological Seminarys five regional extension centers. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The Graduate Theological Union is a consortium of nine independent theological schools and eight program centers in Berkeley, California. ... The Institute of Buddhist Studies is a Jodo Shinshu-affiliated seminary and graduate school, located in Berkeley, California. ... The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) is an international non-profit membership organization dedicated to research, teaching and public service. ... The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB) is one of the three Catholic member schools of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), a consortium of nine seminaries which share classes, some administrative functions, and a library. ... Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is a seminary based in Berkeley, California. ... Pacific School of Religion is an ecumenical seminary located in Berkeley, California. ... Disambiguation: This article is about the United States denomination known as United Church of Christ. ... The insignia of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). ... This article is about the current Christian denomination based in the United States. ... Saint Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California is a Roman Catholic post-graduate seminary whose primary mission is the formation of clergy for Western and Pacific Rim dioceses, orders, religious congregations and secular institutes. ... San Francisco Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a member of the Graduate Theological Union, devoted to graduate theological education in the Reformed tradition. ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ... Starr King School for the Ministry is a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California and part of the Graduate Theological Union. ... The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ...

Stanford University.
Stanford University.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3504 × 2336 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3504 × 2336 pixel, file size: 2. ... The Academy of Art University, a for-profit institution owned by the Stephens Institute, was founded in San Francisco in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. ... Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is a regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in Oakland and San Francisco, California, USA. It is one of the premier fine arts and design institutions in the United States. ... California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary and hospitality management training. ... The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a private graduate school founded in 1968 and based in San Francisco, California with two main schools—the School of Professional Psychology and the School of Consciousness and Transformation. ... Carnegie Mellon West Title Logo Carnegie Mellon West is a branch campus of Carnegie Mellon University located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, CA. It was established in 2002[1] on NASAs Ames Research Center in Moffett Field. ... Cogswell College is a private, non-profit college located in Sunnyvale, California. ... The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. ... DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of Devry Inc. ... Dominican University is a small liberal arts university in San Rafael, California. ... The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising or FIDM is a two-year accredited, private college located in California that offers Associate of Arts degrees in Merchandise Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Graphic Design, Film & Television Production, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Visual Communications, Apparel Manufacturing Management, and Textile... Golden Gate University is a private university that was founded as the night school arm of the San Francisco YMCA in 1853. ... Holy Names University is a private, coeducational university located in Oakland, California. ... The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology is a private, non-sectarian graduate school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. ... John F. Kennedy University is a private university located in Pleasant Hill, California, and an annex located in an office park in Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Menlo College (founded 1929) is a four year liberal arts college in Atherton, California [1] Categories: Universities and colleges in California ... Founded in 1852 and established in Oakland, California, in 1871, Mills College is an independent liberal arts womans college, with graduate programs for women and men. ... The National Hispanic University, is a small, private university located in East San Jose, California. ... This article is about New College of California. ... Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) is a private institution of higher education accredited to award bachelors and masters degrees in science, technology and management. ... Notre Dame de Namur University is a comprehensive university located in Belmont, California. ... Pacific Union College is a Liberal Arts college located in the town of Angwin in the Napa Valley area of Northern California, 70 miles north of San Francisco. ... Patten University is a private institution of higher education in Oakland, California. ... Presidio School of Management (originally called Presidio World College) is an higher education institution based in San Francisco, California. ... Saint Marys College of California is a private, coeducational college located in Moraga, California, United States. ... Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of the U.S.’s older and more prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. ... San Francisco Conservatory of Music, founded in 1917, is a music school, with enrollment of about collegiate 300 students. ... San Francisco Law School is a private, non-profit law school in San Francisco, California. ... Santa Clara University is a private, co-educational Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California. ... Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, a San Francisco, California based distance learning institution (originally founded in 1971 as the Humanistic Psychology Institute), is geared to providing a personalized, mentored educational experience for graduate students. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Touros Lander Hall holds the schools laboratories and classrooms. ... University of San Francisco (USF) is a private Catholic, Jesuit University in San Francisco, California, United States. ... The University of Northern California (UNC) is a relatively young university, founded in 1993, located in Petaluma, California. ...

Religious life


The San Francisco Bay Area has a very diverse religious life with thousands of churches, pagodas, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras, and other religious centers. The Bay Area is home to Christians, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and numerous other religious communities. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... Myanmars Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most recognizable and revered pagodas in the Buddhist World A pagoda at Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia For other uses, see Pagoda (disambiguation). ... The Masjid al-Haram in Mecca as it exists today A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ... Temple of Hephaestus, an Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, 449 BC (western face depicted) For other uses, see Temple (disambiguation). ... The synagogue Scolanova Trani in Italy. ... The Harimandir Sahib. ... Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Buddhism is a Dharmic religion and philosophy[1] with between 230 to 500 million adherents worldwide. ... Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ...


Sports

Main article: Sports in San Francisco Bay Area
Team Sport League Venue
San Francisco 49ers Football National Football League Candlestick Park
Oakland Raiders Football National Football League McAfee Coliseum
San Francisco Giants Baseball National League (Major League Baseball) AT&T Park
Oakland Athletics Baseball American League (Major League Baseball) McAfee Coliseum
Golden State Warriors Basketball National Basketball Association Oracle Arena
San Jose Sharks Ice Hockey National Hockey League HP Pavilion at San Jose
San Jose Earthquakes Soccer Major League Soccer Buck Shaw Stadium
San Francisco Nighthawks Soccer Women's Premier Soccer League Kezar Stadium
San Jose SaberCats Football Arena Football League HP Pavilion at San Jose
San Jose Stealth Lacrosse National Lacrosse League HP Pavilion at San Jose
San Francisco Dragons Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse Spartan Stadium
San Jose Giants Baseball California League (Minor League Baseball) San Jose Municipal Stadium
NCAA Division I College Sports

Currently San Franciscos majority of their sports teams are located in its metropolitan area. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Silver and Black Personnel Owner Al Davis General Manager Al Davis Head Coach Lane Kiffin Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... For other uses, see Coliseum. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... This article is about the sport. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... Major Leagues redirects here. ... AT&T Park (also called China Basin) is an open-air baseball park, home to the San Francisco Giants of the Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... This article is about the sport. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Oracle Arena also known by its former name of The Arena in Oakland is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... NHL redirects here. ... The HP Pavilion at San Jose, formerly known as Compaq Center at San Jose and San Jose Arena is an indoor arena located at 525 West Santa Clara Street in San Jose, California. ... This article is about the MLS franchise. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a North America professional soccer league. ... Buck Shaw Stadium is a 6,800 expandable to 8,400 seat multipurpose stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. ... Soccer redirects here. ... WPSL re-directs here; an alternate meaning is WPSL (AM) The Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national amateur womens soccer league. ... Kezar Stadium is a stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The San Jose Stealth are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... NLL redirects here. ... The San Francisco Dragons are a lacrosse team based in San Francisco, California. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... Major League Lacrosse is a professional outdoor Lacrosse league that is made up of teams within the United States. ... Spartan Stadium is the name of at least two stadiums: A stadium on the campus of Michigan State University: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing A stadium in San Jose, California: Spartan Stadium, San Jose This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Class-Level High Class-A Minor League affiliations California League Northern Division Major League affiliations San Francisco Giants (1988–present) Name San Jose Giants (1988–present) Ballpark San Jose Municipal Stadium Minor League titles League titles 1998, 2001(co-champion), 2005, 2007 Division titles 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005... This article is about the sport. ... The California League is a minor league baseball league which operates throughout the state of California. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... The San Jose Municipal Stadium, or Muni Stadium in common usage, is the home of the minor league baseball San Jose Giants, the Advanced A league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants located in San Jose, California. ... NCAA redirects here. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Cal Logo The California Golden Bears is the nickname used for 27 varsity athletic programs of the University of California, Berkeley. ... Saint Marys College of California is a private, coeducational college located in Moraga, California. ... The San Francisco Dons is the nickname of the athletic teams at the University of San Francisco (USF). ... The San Jose State Spartans are the names of the athletic teams representing San Jose State University. ... Santa Clara University is a private, co-educational Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California. ... Having no offical mascot, the athletic teams at Stanford University are referred to as Stanford Cardinal. ...

Music

See also: Bay Area thrash metal
See also: Hyphy movement

The San Francisco Bay Area was home to one of the biggest thrash metal scenes in the United States, along with Tampa Bay, Florida. Containing acts like Exodus, Death Angel, Vio-lence, Testament and Metallica (Although Metallica had initially formed in Los Angeles, it wasn't until their relocation to the East Bay area in 1983 that Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett joined as bassist and lead guitarist, sealing the band's first, formative line-up.), the Bay Area Thrash scene was a huge impact on the Thrash metal world, as well as the Death metal scene; as Possessed is considered as one of the first death metal bands. For the British record label, see Bay Area Thrash Records. ... Hyphy (pronounced high-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance associated with San Francisco Bay Area hip hop culture. ... This article is about the second book in the Torah. ... Death Angel, formed in 1982, is a Filipino-American thrash metal band from Concord, California. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Look up testament in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was a bass guitarist best known for his work with the American heavy metal band Metallica from 1982 until 1986. ... Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter in the band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Possessed is a death metal band that formed in 1983 in El Sobrante, California. ...


The Bay Area saw a large punk movement from the 70s to the present. Bands such as the Dead Kennedys, The Avengers, Flipper, D.R.I., M.D.C. and Operation Ivy were popular in the 70s and 80s, with later bands such as Rancid, Green Day and AFI all coming out of Berkeley. Punk ideologies are a group of varied social and political beliefs associated with the punk subculture. ... Dead Kennedys is a punk band from San Francisco, California. ... The Avengers were a California based punk band in the first wave of punk. ... Look up flipper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. ... MDC is a punk band formed in Austin, Texas in 1979. ... Operation Ivy was an influential ska punk band formed in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Rancid is a punk band, formed in 1991 in Albany, California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... AFI, in recent years short for A Fire Inside, is an American band from Ukiah, California. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ...


The Bay Area is now the home of the hyphy movement, which was started almost 10 years ago. The genre which was originally pioneered by the rappers Mac Dre, Too Short, Keak Da Sneak, and E-40, is now becoming more popular throughout the world. Hyphy themes such as ghost riding, thizzin' and going dumb are now common in other parts of the country. The Bay Area is also home to the Hieroglyphics hip hop crew, which is composed of local artists including the Souls of Mischief and Del tha Funkee Homosapien. Look up hyphy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name, Mac Dre, was a San Francisco Bay Area-based gangsta rapper from Vallejo, California. ... Too Short, or Too $hort, (born Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966) is a rapper who started his career in his hometown of Oakland, California. ... Charles Toby Bowens[1] (born October 21, 1977), commonly known by his stage name Keak da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California . ... For other uses, see E40. ... The Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew and Hiero, are an American underground hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. ... Souls of Mischief is a hip hop group, part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. ... Del the Funky Homosapien, also known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Deltron Zero, is an alternative hip hop artist. ...


The popular group GreenDay began in Berkeley as street performers, and The Pack, which did the 'Vans' song, is a group of highschool students from the Oakland area. Green Day is a rock band from California, consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals, guitar, and occasional harmonica), Mike Dirnt (born Michael Ryan Pritchard; bass, and backing vocals), and Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III; drums, percussion, and backing vocals). ... Look up Berkeley in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the Disney animated television series Gargoyles, the Pack are a group of actors-turned-mercenaries, who primarily serve as antagonists to the Manhattan Clan. ... Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee...


Regional counties, cities and suburbs

An early 20th century German map
An early 20th century German map

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Counties

Note: San Benito County and Santa Cruz County are sometimes considered not part of the Bay Area.

Official website: http://www. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... Napa Valley redirects here. ... San Benito County is a county located in the Coast Range Mountains of the U.S. state of California, south of San Jose. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... San Mateo County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... Solano County is a county located in central part of the U.S. state of California, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento and is one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ...

Cities and municipalities

The following lists include cities and municipalities in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

Notable Bay Area people

This is a list of notable people that were born in, or who have lived in the Bay Area

Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and artist best known for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. ... This article is about the band. ... Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was famous as guitarist and primary singer of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, though his extensive career involved many other projects. ... New Riders of the Purple Sage New Riders of the Purple Sage was a 1970s country rock band from Marin County, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Marin County is a county located in Californias San Francisco Bay Area, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... This article is about the American quartet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see E40. ... Ken Carter is an American business owner, education activist and former high school basketball coach. ... Keyshia Miesha Cole[1] (born October 15, 1981)[2] is an American Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer known for her soulful voice. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ronald Vernie (Ron) Dellums (born November 24, 1935), U.S. Democratic Party politician, is the mayor of the City of Oakland, California. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The term vintner is applied to wine merchants as well as (erroneously) winemakers. ... For other uses, see Clint Eastwood (disambiguation). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Donald G. Fisher (born 1928) is a businessman. ... Look up Gap in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Green Day is a rock band from California, consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals, guitar, and occasional harmonica), Mike Dirnt (born Michael Ryan Pritchard; bass, and backing vocals), and Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III; drums, percussion, and backing vocals). ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is a Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Thomas Jeffrey Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Location of Concord in California. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Percy Miller (born April 29, 1969), better known as Master P, (P. Miller) is an American Rapper and Producer. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... Henry J. Kaiser Henry John Kaiser (May 9, 1882—August 24, 1967) was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. ... Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care organization, based in Oakland, California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield. ... The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), or just Kaiser Family Foundation, is a U.S.-based non-profit philanthropic private operating foundation headquartered in Menlo Park, California. ... Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing Californias 9th congressional district (map) and is the first woman to represent that district. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... For other uses, see Brandon Lee (disambiguation). ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Bruce Lee (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... For other persons named Jack London, see Jack London (disambiguation). ... Reconstruction of Jack Londons Alaskan Hut in Jack London Square Jack London Square is a popular tourist attraction on the waterfront of Oakland, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the person. ... Huey Newton Dr. Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989), was co-founder and inspirational leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, a black internationalist/racial equality organization that began in October 1966. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary Black nationalist organization in the United States that formed in the late 1960s and grew to national prominence before falling apart due to factional rivalries stirred up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... In the Disney animated television series Gargoyles, the Pack are a group of actors-turned-mercenaries, who primarily serve as antagonists to the Manhattan Clan. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[6] (born May 2, 1972)[4], better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Too Short, or Too $hort, (born Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966) is a rapper who started his career in his hometown of Oakland, California. ... Rebecca Alie Romijn (born November 6, 1972) is an American film and television actress and former fashion model. ... Robert George (Bobby) Seale (born October 22, 1936 in Dallas, Texas), is an American civil rights activist, who along with Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founded the Black Panther Party For Self Defense in 1966. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary Black nationalist organization in the United States that formed in the late 1960s and grew to national prominence before falling apart due to factional rivalries stirred up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... Alicia Silverstone, (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

See also

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Counties commonly seen as constituting coastal California. ... There are several islands in San Francisco Bay. ... . ... California Poppy The San Francisco Bay Area is unusual, for a major metropolitan area, in having ready access to high quality rural and wilderness areas, as well as major urban parks. ... Bay Area writers are people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area who write about their life and problems, about the San Francisco, California area and how the area has affected their lives. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas. ...

References

  1. ^ San Francisco Bay Area Vision Project
  2. ^ San Francisco Bay Area Vision Project
  3. ^ Bay Area 2006 Population Census
  4. ^ US Census Bureau, household and per capita income during the 2000 Census in metro areas. Retrieved on 2007-06-01.
  5. ^ SF Chronicle, most democratic voting bloc in the state, 2003. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.
  6. ^ San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  7. ^ Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region (2) Boundaries Accessed 2007-02-20
  8. ^ Find a park - San Francisco Bay Area Region. California State Parks. Retrieved on 2006-06-20.
  9. ^ Pleasanton tops county in median household income. Inside Bay Area. Retrieved on 2006-10-15.
  10. ^ a b c d Stanford University, study of US Department of Commerce statistics concerning income in California. Retrieved on 2006-11-06.
  11. ^ a b c US Census 2005 Economic Survey, income data. Retrieved on 2006-06-29.
  12. ^ 42 Bay Area Residents Make Forbes Richest List - News Story - KNTV | San Francisco
  13. ^ a b US Census Bureau, 2000 Census income data by congressional district. Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
  14. ^ http://quake.abag.ca.gov/ - Maps and information about Bay Area threats including earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis.
  15. ^ Describes Bay Area damage from 1960 tsunami.
  16. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, 2003 American Community Survey, accessed November 5, 2007
  17. ^ 2002 American Community Survey, SELECTED POPULATION CHARACTERISTICIS FOR LARGE METROPOLITAN AREAS, accessed November 5, 2007

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External links

  • limuguide.com/sfbay Live Music in San Francisco Bay Area
  • Bay Area Experiences.com Community-built site with non-touristy things to do in San Francisco and surrounding areas.

Travel

  • San Francisco Bay Area travel guide from Wikitravel
  • World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

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