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San Francisco, the 12th most populous United States city is located in the northern part of the state of California. It has population of 815,000 and an MSA with 7.5 million residents. San Francisco was officially established in 1776. The climate ranges from winter average lows of 46 degrees to summer high temperatures in the low 70s. Rainfall averages about two inches per month. Area tourist attractions incude the Golden Gate Recreation Area, Alcatraz, Japanese Tea Garden, Lake Merced, Conservatory of Flowers, San Franciso Botanical Garden, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Museum of Modern Art, Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, and Exploratorium. The San Francisco Chronicle is the area's newspaper. Local sports teams include NFL football's San Francisco 49ers and baseball's San Francisco Giants. Median family income is $81,000. Local higher education institutions include University of California, San Francisco, Academy of Art University, San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University, and City College of San Francisco. Local main highways include US 101, Interstate I-80 and Highway 1. Public transportation is provided by the San Franciso Municipal Railway called the Muni. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) serves the area. The Port of San Francisco is one of the busiest US ports.

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