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San Francisco vs. Los Angeles: Which City Rules the West Coast?

We'll give you the facts and let you decide.

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It’s a rivalry with battle lines drawn long ago. Angelenos dismiss their NorCal counterparts as a mix of tech nerds and old hippies, while San Franciscans accuse SoCal folk of being vapid and silicone-filled. We look beyond the stereotypes to see how California’s most vibrant metropolises (sorry, San Diego) really stack up against each other.

 

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 29, 2016: The Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles. The iconic sign was originally created in 1923.; Shutterstock ID 385009372; Notes: oscar hotels

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San Francisco

Los Angeles

POPULATION

884,363 city; 4,727,357 metro

POPULATION

3,999,759 city; 13,353,907 metro

WHO CAME FIRST?

Founded June 29, 1776

WHO CAME FIRST?

Founded September 4, 1781

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

8
(49ers, 5; Giants, 3)

YOUNG BROWN MILLS San Francisco quarterback Steve Young (8) hurdles teammate Ray Brown (65) after he blocked Carolina defender Sam Mills (51) during third quarter action, at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C49ERS PANTHERS, CHARLOTTE, USA

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TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

20
(Lakers, 11; Dodgers, 5; Kings, 2; Raiders, 1; Rams, 1)

Kobe Bryant, Terrence Williams Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, drives toward the basket as Boston Celtics guard Terrence Williams defends during the second half of their basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 113-99Celtics Lakers Basketball, Los Angeles, USA

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STRONGEST EARTHQUAKE

7.9
(1906 Great San Francisco earthquake)

STRONGEST EARTHQUAKE

6.7
(1994 Northridge)

ORIGINAL NAME

Yerba
Buena

ORIGINAL NAME

El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina
de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula

HARDEST RESERVATION IN TOWN

Che Fico

Che Fico San Francisco

Courtesy of Che Fico

HARDEST RESERVATION IN TOWN

Bavel

Bavel Los Angeles

Courtesy of Bavel

ART COLLECTORS WITH THE MOST CLOUT

Doris Fisher (the collection she built with her husband is the
centerpiece of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

ART COLLECTORS WITH THE MOST CLOUT

Eli Broad (his collection fills the Broad museum downtown
and much more)

UNOFFICIAL MAYOR

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff

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UNOFFICIAL MAYOR

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

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THE WHEELS TO BE SEEN IN

Tesla Model 3

THE WHEELS TO BE SEEN IN

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$1,249,000

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$799,000

MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SOLD

$38 million (developer Bill Campbell tore down an existing home
on Billionaire’s Row and built a new one to sell) in 2018.

MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SOLD

$100 million (Daren Metropoulos acquired the Playboy Mansion)
in 2016.

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