San Franciscans are known to be independent minded, individualistic, and unique in more ways than one. However, there are more than a few traits and habits that will bemuse you. Enjoy these humorous and off-kilter habits that most San Franciscans will defend. Let’s start the ball rolling!
1. Worrying about the difference between trash, compost, and recyclables.
San Franciscans are usually more concerned and particular about recycling, composting, and trash separation. This habit may be good, but odd considering how painfully detailed and serious people about sorting their waste here.
2. Thinking that traveling to Oakland or the East Bay is too far.
When you're living and especially working in San Francisco sometimes going over the bridge may seem too far. Why? The distance is not far, but traffic and of course the city attitude or superiority complex befuddle many even others in the Bay area.
3.Being very careful about what they say to not offend.
Of course not everyone is the same, but San Francisco has a reputation for political correctness more than other place. The urge or desire to offend or be rude is not the norm here compared to other parts of the USA. Many San Franciscans pride themselves on being as politically correct about judging than most other places in the world.
4. Obsessing and talking about technology constantly.
Like the techies or not, San Francisco, and of course Silicon Valley, has always been a hub for techies and technology obsessed types, from any number of web publishing innovations to Youtube and beyond. When people think of technology they think of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, so of course our tech love may weird out some folks too.
5. Accepting of everyone and anyone.
San Franciscans pride themselves on being open, mindful, and tolerant. However, to the outsider this extreme openness may bemuse newcomers or outsiders.
6. Caring more about their dogs than others.
Yes, San Franciscans care more than you'd ever think. Pets, especially dogs, are important for many Americans, but in San Francisco we more than adore dogs. San Francisco has more dogs than children. According to the Census and Animal Care and Control department data, San Francisco has around 10,000 more dogs than children. Wow!
7. Protesting for anything and everything.
Historians claim San Francisco, especially Haight Ashbury, as the birthplace of the hippie movement, so protests and people power is important here. If you name a cause there is a good chance there was a protest in the city.
8. Obsessive about staying fit.
San Franciscans usually obsess over staying fit especially running/jogging in the city. If you want to meet people who will energize you, then this is the place to be. San Franciscans don't just like to workout, they enjoy a challenge. San Franciscans are hardcore when it comes to running, biking, Crossfit, yoga, and more.
9. Preferring to think outside the box.
Rebels love this city and the city loves them back. The city is full of daring and out of the ordinary folk who prefer to think differently. From the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love, San Francisco has always attracted the weirdest and the wildest, as well as some of the most revolutionary and innovative souls.
10. Staying cool and calm when any earthquakes happen.
Earthquakes are a part of life in California, but a San Franciscan is not too spooked by a shake or tremble. However, everyone feels the anxiety of the big one. Between the earthquake retrofitting and talk of seismic activity, San Franciscans know how to relax even in the face of mother nature.