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8 Facts About the San Francisco Bay Area

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The San Francisco Bay Area is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California.

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California and the only consolidated city-county in California.

Northern California, often abbreviated NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area.

Driving around the San Francisco Bay Area. by Adam Clark

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The region encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, along with smaller urban and rural areas.

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States.

San Francisco, CA And The Bay Area Freeway Tour by ScrewdUPClickV2

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The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

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Home to approximately 7.68 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.

Commuter rail, also called suburban rail, is a passenger rail transport service that primarily operates between a city centre, and the middle to outer suburbs beyond 15 km and commuter towns or other locations that draw large numbers of commuters—people who travel on a daily basis.

A national park is a park in use for conservation purposes.

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The combined statistical area of the region is the second-largest in California, the fifth-largest in the United States, and the 43rd-largest urban area in the world.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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The Bay Area has the second-most Fortune 500 Companies in the United States, and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity.

The Fortune 500 is an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks 500 of the largest U.S. corporations by total revenue for their respective fiscal years.

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The area ranks second in highest density of college graduates, and performs above the state median household income in the 2010 census; it includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States.

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Based on a 2013 population report from the California Department of Finance, the Bay Area is the only region in California where the rate of people migrating in from other areas in the United States is greater than the rate of those leaving the region, led by Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The California Department of Finance is a state cabinet-level agency within the government of California.

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