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San Francisco Bay Area in a Nutshell

The Bay Area (more precisely, the San Francisco Bay Area) is a geographically diverse and expansive metropolitan region in northern California that is home to about 7 million people in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. The Bay Area was formerly a center for Spanish missions and Gold Rush prospectors, but is today best recognized for its lifestyle, liberal politics, and high-tech economy (Silicon Valley).

The Bay Area consists of portions of nine counties: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara. The Bay Area has no defined borders. The Peninsula is comprised of the counties of San Mateo and the northern portion of Santa Clara, whereas the East Bay consists of Contra Costa and Alameda. The southern portions of Sonoma and Napa counties are included in the Bay Area for the purposes of this book because their cultures and economy face the Bay. Depending on who you ask, Gilroy and Santa Cruz are either part of the Bay Area or the Central Valley/Central Coast to the east and south, respectively.

Written on 07/26/2019 - 07:11 by Shawn Blake

Last modified on 02/19/2023 - 08:15

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Submitted 3 years 3 months ago by AlexP.

San Francisco is NOT a nice place to date especially for men. San Francisco is the only well-populated area in the country where male college grads outnumber female ones by a significant margin.

Submitted 4 years 3 weeks ago by maxpain.

San Francisco is, without a doubt, the most ridiculously overrated and dreadful city in the United States. From exorbitant living costs to pretentious closed-minded people masquerading as open-minded. This post is a painfully frank look at San Francisco, complete with a list of grievances! 1)...

Submitted 4 years 10 months ago by Aleksey.

The San Francisco Bay Area is kinda like a pricey retirement home for boring people. It’s really a soulless place with overpriced mediocre food, terrible drivers and chain stores for as far as the eye can see.

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