- Over 80 foreign consulates and trade centers are located in the City: 75 consulates and 14 foreign trade and investment offices.
- 45% of San Franciscans are bilingual: 112 languages are spoken here.
- San Francisco is the financial epicenter of the U.S. West Coast—it houses more than 30 of the largest non-American banking institutions, including Barclays Bank of the United Kingdom, Sumitomo Bank of Japan, Banco di Roma of Italy, Banque Nationale de Paris of France, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank of China, Lippo Bank of Indonesia, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
- San Francisco’s – Oakland – Hayward area export volume in 2014** was $26.9 B, ranking as the top 10 metro area.
- San Francisco’s metro area accounted for 14.5% of California’s merchandise exports in 2014**.
- The top sectors I the area include Computer & Electronic products ($5.9B), Petroleum & Coal products ($4.8B) and Chemicals ($4.1B)**.
- The main destinations for San Francisco’s exports are China ($2.3B), Japan ($2.1B), South Korea ($2.1B) and Mexico ($1.6B)**.
- The San Francisco region produces more patents than anywhere else in the U.S.
- San Francisco exports were $77M in April 2015.
- The San Francisco foreign trade Zone #3 at Pier 23 offers special duty free import and export activities and specialized international services.
- Commercial, maritime and public activities are available at the Port of San Francisco, which supports diverse businesses including cargo shipping, ship repair, excursion boats, ferry boats, commercial real-estate, fishing and fish processing/distribution, tourism, location filming, harbor services and cruise-shipping.
- San Francisco enrolls bright local and international talent in its world-renowned research universities and colleges: 33.5% of graduate students at Stanford and 24.4% of graduate students at UC Berkeley are from overseas.
** Trade export data was last updated in July 2015 for 2014.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is essential to San Francisco’s connections abroad. SFO offers direct flights to many destinations in Europe and Asia. Some key attributes:
- Hit a new record of 50M passengers for the fiscal year 2015, 5th consecutive year of record setting traffic.
- Highest rate of international visitors of any American airport in 2015.
- 77.7% of traffic is domestic while 22.3% is international.
- Located 13 miles from downtown San Francisco.
- Includes 3,261,000 sq. feet of domestic terminal and 2,500,000 sq. of international terminal space, amounting to 5,761,000 sq. feet in total.
- Non-stop flights to more than 38 international cities on 32 international carriers.
- The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stops with 76 cities in the US.
- Total loaded and unloaded cargo (airmail + air freight): 459,468 metric tons.
- Ranked #1 for “Best Airport Staff in North America” according to SkyTrax.
- Ranked #4 in the “Best Airports Worldwide (40 million to 50 million passengers)” and “Best Airports in North America” categories.
- Voted as “Best Airport in the Americas” by the annual Globerunner Awards.
- The new Airport Traffic Control Tower at SFO was awarded the top engineering project in California in 2015.
- In 2015, the airport unveiled new automated passport kiosks in their custom’s facility to expedite the customs entry process for eligible international arriving passengers who can complete their process in approximately 90 seconds.