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Overview of South San Francisco

Though many assume South San Francisco to be a neighborhood or adjacent city to San Francisco itself, South San Francisco doesn't share a border with its northerly cousin. Located 10 miles south of San Francisco, South San Francisco is separated from the major city by the town of Brisbane. South San Francisco has its own identity and history, and is considered to be a desirable yet affordable suburb.

Home to more than 63,600 people, South San Francisco has referred to itself as "The Industrial City" in the past. A large sign towers over the city bearing this creed. The city is located in the basin of a valley between the San Bruno mountains and the San Francisco Bay. Because of its geography, the city experiences cool, dry summers, mild winters and a bit of Bay Area fog. Those searching for South San Francisco apartments for rent will discover the mild weather is for them.

South San Francisco was incorporated in 1908 after the area's land was selected and purchased by G.F. Swift and Peter Iler, who intended to use the land for stockyards and a cattle market. Other industries followed, giving the city its "The Industrial City" moniker Since the end of World War II, however, much of the city has become a residential suburb because of its proximity to San Francisco.

Living South San Francisco, CA

South San Francisco residents enjoy beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and the San Bruno mountains, as well as a historic city center. Though much of the area is now spread out, history buffs enjoy the city's central division.

Centennial Way, built to commemorate the city's 100th birthday in 2008, offers residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore Bay Area life. When the Bay Area Rapid Transit System expanded southward, it created an opportunity to improve land on top of the tube. Centennial Way runs along this land through the center of town, and includes numerous pedestrian and bicycle trails.

Those who prefer modern landscapes over historic or green spaces can still find the perfect South San Francisco rental to call home. In fact, much of the city is divided into well-known neighborhoods and subdivisions like Buri Buri, Winston Manor and Westborough.

South San Francisco Work and Study

South San Francisco is not home to any major colleges or universities, but numerous schools are located within a 10-mile radius. Skyline College, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the University of California, San Francisco, University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University and College of San Mateo are all located a commutable distance from South San Francisco.

The city also offers numerous employment opportunities. According to South San Francisco's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the area were Genentech, Amgen, Costo, American Etc Inc./Royal Laundry, Oroweat/Entenmann's, Guckenheimer Enterprises, Columbus Manufacturing and Matagrano.

Rentals in South San Francisco, CA and Cost of Living

According to city-data.com, the cost of living index in South San Francisco is 148.6, which is much higher than the U.S. average of 100. However, high living costs are generally associated with the Bay Area. The median gross rent in the city was $1,393 in 2010, according to U.S. Census data.

South San Francisco Attractions and Special Events

Because of its close proximity to San Francisco, South San Francisco gives residents and visitors easy access to well-known attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Those who prefer to stay in town can enjoy South San Francisco's Historical Society Museum, Plymire-Schwartz Center and Fire Museum, or the city's many parks and open spaces.

Rent.com® can help you get settled in a South San Francisco apartment. Look through our rental listings and find the perfect home for your needs.

Park 20 - San Mateo, CA 94403
22

San Mateo, CA 94403

$2507 - $2858

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Mateo, CA (Beresford, East Hillsdale...)


$2507 - $2858

197 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Hayes Valley - San Francisco, CA 94102
27
(45)

San Francisco, CA 94102

$3200 - $5645

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Hayes Valley, Mint Hill...)

(45)

$3200 - $5645

182 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Diamond Heights - San Francisco, CA 94131
27
(165)

San Francisco, CA 94131

$3075 - $3220

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Noe Valley)

(165)

$3075 - $3220

154 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

AVA Nob Hill - San Francisco, CA 94109
25
(301)

San Francisco, CA 94109

$2905 - $4825

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, Lower Nob Hill...)

(301)

$2905 - $4825

185 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacifica Park Apartments - Pacifica, CA 94044
19
(225)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2399 - $5414

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Fairmont, Fairmont East...)

(225)

$2399 - $5414

104 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Strata at Mission Bay - San Francisco, CA 94158
8
(51)

San Francisco, CA 94158

$2750 - $4787

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay)

(51)

$2750 - $4787

192 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alta off the Avenue - Burlingame, CA 94010
5

Burlingame, CA 94010

$2195 - $3410

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Pacific Bay Vistas - San Bruno, CA 94066
22
(452)

San Bruno, CA 94066

$2629 - $5540

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Pacific Heights)

(452)

$2629 - $5540

308 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bridgepointe Apartments - San Mateo, CA 94404
16

San Mateo, CA 94404

$2935 - $9061

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Mateo, CA (East San Mateo, Mariner's Island)


$2935 - $9061

396 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Acappella - San Bruno, CA 94066
17

San Bruno, CA 94066

$3208 - $4591

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Buri Buri, Tanforan)


$3208 - $4591

163 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

NEMA - San Francisco, CA 94103
65

San Francisco, CA 94103

$3370 - $7435

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)


$3370 - $7435

754 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Argenta - San Francisco, CA 94102
22

San Francisco, CA 94102

$3967 - $7118

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Civic Center, NOMA)


$3967 - $7118

179 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Water's Edge - Foster City, CA 94404
20

Foster City, CA 94404

$3061 - $3515

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Foster City, CA (Birds)


$3061 - $3515

158 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

55 West Fifth Apartments - San Mateo, CA 94402
30

San Mateo, CA 94402

$3259 - $4486

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Mateo, CA (Baywood, Brewer Subdivision...)


$3259 - $4486

87 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Potrero Launch - San Francisco, CA 94107
26

San Francisco, CA 94107

Contact for Pricing

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Central Waterfront)


Contact for Pricing

196 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Place at San Mateo Apartments - San Mateo, CA 94403
21

San Mateo, CA 94403

$3055 - $4623

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Mateo, CA (East Hillsdale, Hillsdale)


$3055 - $4623

575 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

MB360 - San Francisco, CA 94158
18

San Francisco, CA 94158

$3201 - $5091

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay)


$3201 - $5091

188 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parkmerced Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94132
15

San Francisco, CA 94132

$2890 - $5995

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Park Merced, San Francisco State University)


$2890 - $5995

3300 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

888 San Mateo - San Mateo, CA 94401
35

San Mateo, CA 94401

$2849 - $3961

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Mateo, CA (Central San Mateo, North Central)


$2849 - $3961

155 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Carmel Rincon - San Francisco, CA 94105
11
(152)

San Francisco, CA 94105

$3780 - $5960

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Embarcadero, South Beach)

(152)

$3780 - $5960

320 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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