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San Francisco Population


San Francisco is the largest city of California state of United States, abbreviated as SF, or San Fran and is the cultural and commercial center of Northern California. San Francisco population in 2021 is estimated to be 883,665, Its area is 231.91 sq miles (600.65 sq km) at the elevation of 51 feet. San Francisco is the 15th most populous city and is located on the West Coast of the United States, and the fourth populous in California state. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, The city is named after Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de los Dolores, which commemorates St. Francis of Assisi. Silicon Valley grew up in the area between San Jose and San Francisco, and is a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, a global center for innovation and internet technologies. San Francisco became a hot spot for companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter to base their offices. Bangalore is widely regarded as the Silicon Valley of India as nearly 40% of the India's IT industry is located here. San Francisco is as popular for its restaurants and for its Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. San Francisco city is widely considered around the globe for new technology startups.

YearPopulationChange %
2020 *882,5190.11
2021 *883,6650.13
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019

San Francisco Size and Population

San Francisco population in 2020 is estimated to be 882,519, According to 2018 U.S Census estimates 51.1% are Male population, 48.9% are Female population, Sex ratio is 104.3 males per 100 females. Total 450,985 are Male, 432,320 are Female, out of these 39,618 are under 5 years, 118,684 are under 18 years, 1764,621 are 18 years and over, 138,128 are 65 years and over.

Languages spoken in San Francisco

Languages spoken at home are 497,250 speak only English, 85,225 Spanish, 7,208 French (incl. Cajun), 84 Haitian, 2,952 Italian, 2,207 Portuguese, 3,645 German, 642 Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages, 1,041 Greek, 8,599 Russian, 169 Polish, 668 Serbo-Croatian, 658 Ukrainian or other Slavic languages, 506 Armenian, 1,945 Persian (incl. Farsi, Dari).

Asian Indian languages include 6064 speak Hindi, 1273 Urdu, 412 Punjabi, 930 Gujarati, 1,651 Bengali, 1,410 Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages, 2774 Other Indo-European languages, 841 Telugu, 1,384 Tamil, 1,009 Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages.

People from East Asia languages include 151,952 speak Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese), 5574 Japanese, 5,693 Korean, 504 Hmong, 22471 Tagalog (incl. Filipino), 10,302 Vietnamese, 1087 Khmer, 1,727 Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages and 1,808 speak other languages of Asia.

2,929 speak Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages, 4,674 Arabic, 1,905 Hebrew, 562 Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages, 383 Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa, 178 Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa and 1391 speak other and unspecified languages.

Ethnic groups

45.4% are White Americans, 34.3% are Asians, 5.2% are African Americans, 0.3% are AIAN and 0.2% are NHPI. 400,727 are Whites, 400,727 are Asians, 45,886 are Blacks, 2,308 are American Indian and Alaska Native and 2,126 are Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

Out of 400,727 of Asians, 21,970 are Asian Indian which constitute of 2.5%, 189,884 are Chinese(21.5%), 35,030 are Filipinos (4.0%), 9,425 are Japanese(1.1%), 12,238 Korean(1.4%), 15,753 are Vietnamese(1.8%) and 18,495 are other Asians.

Total 134,664 are Hispanic/Latino (of any race), out of these 70,955 are Mexican, 5,043 are Puerto Rican, 1,770 are Cuban and 56,896 are other Hispanic or Latino.

San Francisco History

According to San Francisco history, The first inhabitants of the San Francisco area arrived around 3000 B.C. By the 16th century, when the first Europeans sailed along California coast, the area was inhabited by the Yelamu tribe. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when settlers from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, both named for St. Francis of Assisi. Originally a Spanish mission and pueblo, In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain, declining of the mission era. San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War, it was later conquered by the U.S in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the year 1848 discovery of gold. The Gold Rush made San Francisco city a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge. The first gold was found at the California foothills of Sutter's Fort in January 1848. Within months, San Francisco which was renamed from Yerba Buena in 1847, The first mayor changed the town's name to San Francisco Its 469 residents including Ohlone Indians, Spanish Californians, Hawaiians, Europeans and South Americans. With in months, by 1849 the city's population increased from 1,000 to 25,000, San Francisco's harbor was occupied with abandoned ships, where ship crew had deserted the vessels to head for the gold fields for days. With demand to build the city up, the ships were torn apart and repurposed for homes and businesses. Levi Strauss invented denim jeans in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed durable yet comfortable clothing. The San Francisco city was lawless and wild, its district full of prostitution and gambling. By 1860 the population reached 56,802 and by increased to around 3 times by 1870 to 149,473. The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945. The United States’ first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848.

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