San Francisco, officially City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known by its initialism SF, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, with 4,729,484 people in 2018. With San Jose, it forms the fifth most populous combined statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area (9.67 million residents in 2018).
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San Francisco is an amazing city and one I called home for 5 years, 2 of those with a baby. It is easy to get around if you do your research.
San Francisco is such a great city to explore with children. We found a comfortable hotel with a pool and a convenient location. We were able to fit in sightseeing, hikes and great food in this trip!
While San Francisco has been marketed as a millennial hub, that doesn’t mean the city isn’t a family-friendly destination to visit. As these travel bloggers note, it has plenty of attractions to keep kids and parents entertained for the long haul. Each of these guides outlines detailed instructions on how to spend your time around town, adding in a few pro tips along the way.