List of nicknames for San Francisco
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San Francisco, California in the United States has seen many nicknames over the years. Some are nicknames which have faded in use, while others have evolved over time. The following is a list of notable nicknames:
- 415 - referring to the area code that serves the city of San Francisco (as well as most of Marin County).
- Baghdad by the Bay - title of a book of essays by Herb Caen, and a nickname he used for the city because of the cosmopolitan cultural diversity it shares with the medieval city of Baghdad
- Fog City - in reference to San Francisco's famous fog
- Frisco - also the nickname of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway, disparaged by Herb Caen and disliked by most but not all locals
- Golden Gate City - in reference to the Golden Gate Bridge
- San Fran - a truncated term, disparaged by locals
- SF - the initialism and the term most common among locals
- The City - sometimes used by residents of the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California
- The City by the Bay, or Bay City - refers to San Francisco Bay
- The City of Brotherly Love (not to be confused with Philadelphia)
- SFC = Sucka Free City.
- The City that Knows How
- The Golden City - in reference to the California Gold Rush and golden brown grass on hillsides in the dry season
- The Paris of the West - popular in the early 1900s, but no longer in common use
- Garling, Caleb (June 30, 2013). "Don't Call It Frisco: The History of San Francisco's Nicknames". The Bold Italic. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- Mike Moffitt (April 4, 2014). "The odd nicknames of California cities". SFChronicle.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- James Sullivan (October 14, 2003). "Frisco, that once-verboten term for the city by the bay, is making a comeback among the young and hip. Herb Caen is spinning at warp speed". SFChrnoicle.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- Woods, Amanda (18 October 2018). "San Francisco is too expensive even for rich people". New York Post. Retrieved 2 February 2019.