- Today, there are 71 foreign representations in San Francisco. These include, 45 consulates general, 23 consulates, and 3 trade offices.
- 45.2% 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 2015** was $25.1 B, ranking as the 10th largest exporter in the U.S.
- San Francisco’s metro area accounted for 15% of California’s merchandise exports in 2015**.
- The top San Francisco export sectors include computer & electronic products ($5.6M), machinery except electrical ($4.2 M) and chemicals ($3.9 M).
- Exports from San Francisco county had an export value of $1.2 B.
- The top San Francisco Area export markets are China ($2.5 M), Japan ($2.3 M), South Korea ($2.0 M), Canada ($2.0 M), Mexico ($1.8 M).
- The San Francisco region produces more patents than anywhere else in the U.S. according to the OECD.
- 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: 34% of graduate students at Stanford and 40% of graduate students at UC Berkeley are from overseas.
** Trade export data was last updated in September 2016 for 2015.
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 53M passengers for the calendar year 2016.
- 76.7% of traffic is domestic while 23.3% 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 46 international airports on 36 international carriers.
- The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stops with 79 airports in the US.
- Total loaded and unloaded cargo (airmail + air freight): 483,223 metric tons.
- 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.