With the development of Silicon Valley and San Jose in the south, San Francisco now has to compete for talented workers, and its economy has increasingly become integrated with these two areas.
San Francisco is also the marketplace for an enormous mining and agricultural area and the center of numerous transportation routes.
Goods and items produced in San Francisco include among other things leather, glass, textiles, lumber, steel, furniture, electric machinery, auto parts, and rubber products. The city’s major trade partners are Hawaii, Alaska and East Asia.
The main seaport is the Port of San Francisco. The port is located near the Golden Gate on the edge of San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay area handles almost a third of all trade on the West Coast, through its central port in Oakland, eight smaller ports and three key airports.
San Francisco International is the city’s main airport, situated thirteen miles south of the main business district, near San Bruno and Millbrae in San Mateo County. It is the second busiest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, after Los Angeles International. It is also the fifth-largest hub of United Airlines, and the principal base of operations for Virgin America.