South San Francisco

South San Francisco


This is what San Franciscans call “not San Francisco.” It’s separate community from San Francisco and the residents refer to it as “South City.” There are great views of the San Francisco Bay from its hills which face the bay. The population is under 65,000 and made up primarily of Hispanic middle class and working class residents. Asian-American and non-Hispanic whites, comprise the rest of the population. United Airlines is the biggest employer in the community, with San Francisco International Airport being adjacent to the city.

The Cow Palace is an all-purpose arena with a seating capacity of 10,300 to 14,300. Livestock shows, rodeos, gun shows, book fairs, and concerts have been held in this South San Francisco venue. The Warriors used to play here, too. It is lately famous for the annual Exotic Erotic Halloween Ball where 15,000 flamboyantly costumed hedonists cavort at the bewitching celebration.

Most people are conscious of a huge mountainside sign as they approach San Francisco from the north bound lanes of Highway 101. “South San Francisco the Industrial City,” announces the location of the community from the San Bruno mountainside. The letters lie flat, not raised like the Hollywood sign and promotes the city as industry friendly. The large biotech firm Genentech is based here, along with the headquarters of See’s Candy.





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