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New arrivals headed 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?
Many people commute into San Francisco, and public transport options abound in the city: bus, train, ferry and vanpool access is plentiful. Most companies are obliged to 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 major 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 mostly harmless.
What is the weather like?
Many new arrivals expect San Francisco's weather to consist of constant warm and sunny days, but summer temperatures usually sit around 72°F (22°C). Moist coastal weather meets Californian heat and often blankets San Francisco in a thick layer of fog. Winters, on the other hand, are cold and bring a lot of rain.
►Learn more about life in this Californian city in our Expat Guide to San Francisco
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