San Francisco December 28, 2016
by Julian Garr 11 Things People From San Francisco Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
San Francisco is a top tourist destination and is on the national radar for a variety of reasons, so a lot of people think they understand exactly how it must be like to live here. Here are 11 things people from San Francisco always have to explain to out of towners who tend to have a lot of misconceptions about our great city and its people.
1. Not everyone here works in tech.
Google, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, and countless other companies employ many people living in the city, but many of us are not techies.
2. It's not the fog. It's the wind.
The fog may seem annoying to outsiders, but we love it and even have a name for it—Karl. If anything irritates San Franciscans it's the cold winds, not the fog.
3. We are not all rich.
Despite the absurd rental market and average home prices, there are many who are simply working and getting by.
4. We don't all ride cable cars to work.
There is increased congestion in the city due to more car traffic, the popularity of Uber/Lyft, and of course economic growth. The cable cars are seen mostly as a tourist trap, but they are beautiful and very special to residents.
5. We are not all hipsters.
However, some of us do enjoy just artisanal coffee, obscure music, or fixed gear bikes. Everyone is accepted here regardless.
6. We are not all Burners.
In fact, some of us look forward to being in San Francisco the week of Burning Man because it is nice and quiet.
7. We are are not all hippies.
No, we don't all hang out at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. As they say, different strokes for different folks.
8. We are all not into walking around naked or being in costume.
However, we don't mind anyone who does. It's what makes San Francisco so great.
9. We don't all live in a Painted Lady or a house like the one in Full House.
As much as we'd all love a spacious Victorian like the Tanner family, the majority of us are sharing rooms or squeezing into tiny studio apartments.
10. We don't refer to San Francisco as San Fran.
Referring to San Francisco as "San Fran" will get old time locals upset. Some old-school natives are okay with Frisco, but, hardly anyone is okay with "San Fran."
11. We are not all liberal.
Of course, the majority of the city votes with one party, but the city is increasingly costly and only business friendly and less humanistic.
Did we miss a common misconception? Please let us know what we have missed. If you’re interested in doing fun things in the city then check out
10 Unforgettable Tours Everyone In San Francisco Should Take At Least Once.
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