Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco
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Expats moving to the Golden Gate City are sure to have plenty of queries and concerns about their new home. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about San Francisco.
Can I commute easily from the Bay Area?
Commuting into San Francisco is common and public transport options abound; bus, train, ferry and vanpool access is plentiful. Companies with more than 20 employees in the city must abide by the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance, which requires the company to provide financial support for commuting employees. This can reduce the costs of one's day-to-day commute significantly.
Is San Francisco safe?
Safety standards in San Francisco are no different than any other large city. Common sense is the best deterrent to avoiding petty or serious crime. It's a good idea not to walk alone at night, and it's best to stay out of public parks at night time as well. A large homeless population in San Francisco gives the appearance of unsafe neighbourhoods, but they are rarely any danger.
What is the weather like?
Many newly arrived expats expect San Francisco's weather to consist of constant sunny and warm days typical of southern California. However, summer temperatures usually stay below 71°F (22°C). Moist coastal weather meets Californian heat which often blankets San Francisco in thick fog. Winters often have cool temperatures and a lot of rain.