Like many urban areas, the city of San Francisco, California, is made up of distinct neighborhoods. Three of them (Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf) are close enough to share room on this street sign. These neighborhoods share space in the northeastern, or "bay" side of the San Francisco peninsula.

San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest "Chinatown" in North America. North Beach was the traditional neighborhood of Italian immigrants—"Little Italy." Fisherman's Wharf is home to the city's fishing fleet.

All three neighborhoods are major tourist destinations in San Francisco.

CHINATOWN

  • San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest Chinese community outside Asia.
  • The earliest Chinese immigrants to settle in the area arrived in 1848 from Guangdong Province.

NORTH BEACH

  • North Beach is not a beach! The area was on the coast of the San Francisco Bay until the 19th century, when massive landfills added acres to the shoreline.
  • Italian immigrants settled in the area following San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. These immigrants came mostly as construction workers to help rebuild the city.

FISHERMAN'S WHARF

  • The original fishermen of Fisherman's Wharf were immigrants (mostly Italian) who established ocean and bay fisheries during the California Gold Rush.
  • One of the oldest, most profitable, and sustainable fisheries of Fisherman's Wharf is Dungeness crab. As seen in this sign, the crab has become a symbol of the entire neighborhood.
Noun

body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.

Noun

narrow strip of land that lies along a body of water.

California Gold Rush
Noun

(1848-1855) worldwide immigration to California following the discovery of gold.

city
Noun

large settlement with a high population density.

Noun

edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.

earthquake
Noun

the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

fishery
Noun

industry or occupation of harvesting fish, either in the wild or through aquaculture.

immigrant
Noun

person who moves to a new country or region.

landfill
Noun

site where garbage is layered with dirt and other absorbing material to prevent contamination of the surrounding land or water.

Noun

an area within a larger city or town where people live and interact with one another.

Noun

large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

Noun

piece of land jutting into a body of water.

sustainable
Adjective

able to be continued at the same rate for a long period of time.

symbol
Noun

something used to represent something else.

tourist
Noun

person who travels for pleasure.

Noun

developed, densely populated area where most inhabitants have nonagricultural jobs.

wharf
Noun

structure built above or alongside a body of water, usually so boats can dock.