Welcome to South San Francisco

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Also known as “South City,” South San Francisco (approx. pop. 64,000) occupies the basin and portions of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. Most of the valley faces adjacent San Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas from higher levels. Home to Genentech (some 8,000 employees), the city’s nickname is “Birthplace of Biotechnology.” Its small downtown and several residential subdivisions are located west of Highway 101; to the east are industrial complexes, modern office parks, and the Oyster Point Marina and Park. South San Francisco is home to a widely known landmark – Sign Hill, which displays huge letters that read “South San Francisco The Industrial City.” The sign was erected in the 1920s; in 1996, it was given a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Sign Hill is a 30-acre city park.

Quick Facts

Population

66,989

Female

33,422

Male

33,567

  • White
    13,644
    20.4%
  • Hispanic
    23,309
    34.8%
  • Asian alone
    24,498
    36.6%
  • Black
    1,031
    1.5%
Median Home Price

$ 644,500

Average Income

$85,076

Median resident age

38.8 years

South San Francisco Schools

SchoolGradesSchool LevelState Ranking/# of SchoolsStudent/Teacher Ratio
All Souls Elementary SchoolPK-8Private–: –/–25
Alta Loma Middle6-8Middle2017: 693/250821.9
Baden High (Continuation)9-12High2017: 1731/202116
Buri Buri ElementaryK-5Elementary2017: 1039/569223.8
Community Day6-12Alternative–: –/–3
El Camino High9-12High2017: 697/202124.3
Hillside Christian AcademyK-8Private–: –/–8.2
Hillside ElementaryK-5Elementary–: –/–
Los Cerritos ElementaryK-5Elementary2017: 4055/569222.8
Martin ElementaryK-5Elementary2017: 3589/569222.9
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