San Francisco by the Numbers
It goes to 11.
- •We're number 1! We routinely get named a #1 destination. For example, Travelocity ranked us the #1 food city (http://bit.ly/1IFETep) though by following that up with a trend watch on "spicy sriracha" makes it suspect.
- •2 buildings lay claim to being the oldest in the city. The Mission Dolores was completed in 1792, but a foundational wall of the Presidio Officer's Club dates to 1780, 2 years before construction of the Mission began.
- •"America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland." -Tennessee Williams
- •There are 4 Goldsworthy sculptures in the Presidio: Spire, Tree Fall, Wood Line, and Earth Wall.
- •San Francisco's first television station was KPIX (Channel 5), which began broadcasting on December 24, 1948. The television was invented in San Francisco by Philo Farnsworth in 1927.
- •The San Francisco Bay Area is the 6th largest DMA in the U.S.
- •The city is approximately 7 miles wide and high, and like Rome was initially built on 7 hills: Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Rincon Hill, Mount Sutro, Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson. Within the 49 square miles of modern San Francisco, there are 49 recognized hills.
- •As of the last census, the population of San Francisco capped over 800,000.
- •Our cable cars are the only mobile national landmark. The cars are dragged by a network of cables that run at 9 miles an hour.
- •The SF Association of Realtors divides the city into 10 major districts...
- •...but we have 11 supervisorial voting districts. The two have little correlation. There are also 11 registered historic districts.