Noriega Street Chinatown, San Francisco

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Noreiga Street Chinatown
Neighborhood of San Francisco
Noreiga Street Chinatown is located in San Francisco County
Noreiga Street Chinatown
Noreiga Street Chinatown
Location within San Francisco
Coordinates: 37°45′14″N 122°28′55″W / 37.754°N 122.482°W / 37.754; -122.482
 • Board of Supervisors David Chiu
 • State Assembly Tom Ammiano (D)
 • State Senate Mark Leno (D)
 • U.S. House Nancy Pelosi (D)
ZIP Code 94116,94122
Area code(s) 415

The U.S. city of San Francisco has a "fourth" Chinatown (Chinese: 第四唐人街; pinyin: dì sì táng rén jiē) located on Noriega Street (Chinese: 诺列加街; pinyin: nuò liè jiā jiē) between 19th and 25th Avenues and between 30th and 33rd Avenues[1] in the Outer Sunset District.[2] According to another source, the Noriega Street Chinatown, along with the Irving Street Chinatown, is a place for the "wealthy Chinese"[3] According to another source, the Noriega Street Chinatown currently has the "... highest number of Chinese" and "... many of the restaurants and markets along Noriega Street reflect this"[4] Only the "recent immigrants and the elderly choose to live in Chinatown because of the availability of affordable housing and their familiarity with the culture."[5] According to another source, the name given by locals is "Fourth Chinatown" on Noriega Street.[2]

History and Demographics[edit]

This thematic map shows the Sunset District's large Asian American population in western San Francisco.

Originally, Noriega Street was called "N Street" as it was part of a sequence that had letters A-W, with H Street being called Lincoln Street. The original residents were almost exclusively European until the 1970s when "people of color" started moving in. Today, the Chinatown is part of the district where people of Chinese descent are the largest group.[6] The name "Noriega Street" was named after a Spanish soldier and former commander of the Monterey Presidio. As of recent, the "... businesses are predominantly Asian."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chinatown San Fransisco? SF Answers
  2. ^ a b Ronal Skeldon. "Reluctant Exiles?: Migration from Hong Kong and the New Overseas Chinese". 
  3. ^ David Haines, Carol Carol Anne Mortland. "Manifest destinies: Americanizing immigrants and internationalizing Americans". 
  4. ^ "Diverse San Francisco: Chinese American Heritage". 
  5. ^ Estella Habal. "San Francisco's International Hotel: Mobilizing the Filipino American ...". 
  6. ^ Lorri Ungaretti. "San Francisco's Sunset District". 
  7. ^ "Sunset/Noriega Street".