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PostSubject: San Francisco   Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:34 pm

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the fourth most populous city in California and the 12th most populous city in the United States, with a 2009 estimated population of 815,358.[9] The only consolidated city-county in California,[11] it encompasses a land area of 46.7 square miles (121 km2)[12] on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of 17,323 people/mi˛ (6,688.4 people/km˛). It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States.[13] San Francisco is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than 7.4 million people.[14]

In 1776, the Spanish established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi on the site.[15] The California Gold Rush in 1848 propelled the city into a period of rapid growth, increasing the population in one year from 1,000 to 25,000,[16] and thus transforming it into the largest city on the West Coast at the time. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire,[17] San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. During World War II, San Francisco was the port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater.[18] After the war, the confluence of returning servicemen, massive immigration, liberalizing attitudes, and other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States.

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