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San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area
MSA NameSan Francisco Bay Area
NameSan Francisco Bay Area or Bay Area
Largest CitySan Jose
Other CitiesSan Francisco
Redwood City
Santa Rosa
San Mateo
San Rafael
Daly City
Population7.15 million
Density Mi21023.76
Density Km2395.29
Area Mi26,984
Area Km218,088
Highest FtMount Hamilton
Highest M1,329
Lowest FtAlviso
Lowest M-3

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The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, is a metropolitan region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. The region encompasses urban areas such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.15 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. The combined urban area of San Jose and San Francisco is the 50th largest urban area in the world.

The Bay Area is anchored by three major cities. San Francisco is the cultural and financial center of the metropolitan area and Northern California, and is famous for its iconic skyline, steep hills, cable cars and historic streetcars, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the second-most densely populated major city (population greater than 200,000) in the United States. The largest city in the Bay Area in land area and population is San Jose, which is located in the South Bay and is part of the world renowned technology hub known as Silicon Valley. Oakland, the third most populous city, is a central hub for the East Bay, major industrial center and contains the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest intermodal container port in the United States. The region's northern counties encompass California's famous Wine Country, home to hundreds of vineyards and wineries while the region's Pacific Ocean coastline hosts numerous beaches.

The nine-county definition of the San Francisco Bay Area is not recognized by the United States Census Bureau; rather, they define a larger 11-county Combined Statistical Area (CSA) designated the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA, including Santa Cruz and San Benito counties to the south; counties that do not have a border on the San Francisco Bay. This larger CSA contains 7.46 million people-the sixth-largest CSA in the U.S.

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, liberal politics, and diversity. The area is affluent; it includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States. During the BRACs of the 1990s, almost all the military installations in the region were closed. The only remaining major active duty military installations are Travis Air Force Base and Coast Guard Island.

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