The Difference between San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area Explained

What is the difference between Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area? Is San Francisco a city or a county? Where in the Bay Area are the headquarters of the largest tech companies in the world?

This video explains the difference between San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area, gives brief overview of the history of Silicon Valley and how it came to dominate the tech industry, and gives you a tour of the Bay Area along with the companies headquartered there.

Image Credits:

Golden Gate Bridge: Rich Niewiroski Jr. – http://www.projectrich.com/gallery
Bay Bridge: Leonard G
San Francisco Skyline along Market Street from Twin Peaks: Vincent Bloch
San Francisco Street Map: Peter Fitzgerald, OpenStreetMap
Government Levels Responsibilities Sprites: Freeciv
Golden Gate Bridge driving away from SF: Weegee010
California Central Valley: LTSLTS
SV Family Tree/ Fairchildren graphic: IEEE Spectrum Magazine, October 2007
San Francisco Bay Area County Maps: Wikipedia Community
California Counties Map: Wikipedia Community
Map of North America: NuclearVacuum

Links for mobile users:

CGP Grey video which talks about Cities, Counties, and Incorporated vs Unincorporated places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naDCCW5TSpU

Crash Course Government video on the separation of powers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0gosGXSgsI

Moore’s Law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtI5wRyHpTg

Numberphile: https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile

The difference between UK, GB, and England Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10

10 Funny Trolley Problems (On my other channel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yywd3bXfYAg

Why is San Francisco so expensive?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAlA4hZ94OI

Mistakes:

Moore’s first name is Gordon, not George
Lucasfilms moved to San Francisco in 2005, but much of the operation remains in Marin
Pronounciation

Comments

Billy Is the best says:

A state isn’t exclusive to the USA

Felix soul exe says:

I’ve been to San Francisco Airport in San Francisco

Matthew Roberts says:

The map is so wrong mv touches the bay

CURUSONEAGAINEDS. says:

JW.ORG JEHOVAH IS THE GREATEST.

Branon Fontaine says:

The Silicon Valley is the capital of the Bay Area now, cuz with the influx of the illegal immigrants and asian pricks, we’re the largest city, we’ve got a growing international airport, we’ve also got MY SANTA CLARA FORTY NINERS (hopefully one day the team will be renamed) etc etc….here’s some totally useless knowledge: Silicon Valley was known as The Santa Clara Valley not too long ago, and before that, this area was known as The Valley of the Hearts Delight, and San Jose was once the apricot and prune capital of the world…

splortz says:

“Mare-in” county. LOL.

Erik Morton says:

all I can hear is vocal fry!

TheHylianJuggalo says:

All the butthurt coasties bitching about the wrong pronunciation of their overpriced shitholes.

This is why we hate you: pompus, vapid, whiny stuck-ups.

Gene S says:

awesome content, bad voice all around.

ᶨ ᵘ ᶫ ᶦ ᵅ ᵑ says:

your too fast

Kacee says:

“The spiritual home of Numberphile” haha, that’s great. I love that reference.

cjvan1551 says:

-“Most of the fruits and vegetables you don’t eat.”
Do you mean because most people are not eating fruits and veg regularly?

publick says:

I didn’t know “Oakland is a good place to live” lmao **rolls eyes** smh

Joshua Daniels says:

Doesn’t know how to pronounce Marin or have any idea how expensive housing in Oakland is now.

psikot says:

Contra C-au-sta not c-o-sta

tachyon2357 says:

And Berkeley. Just google how to pronounce it.

CURUSONEAGAINEDS. says:

CAUCASIAN ARE EVIL.

Glassylion80028 says:

So the whole thing is Bay Area of San Francisco

Felix soul exe says:

First to notice

bingofoothill says:

This is an outdated description of “Silicon Valley” and of the Greater SF Bay Area. As he based his description of the Bay Area on economic interrelationship, that’s now–as of 2016–a larger area. Last summer, the former 9-county Bay Area was upgraded to a mega metro region of 25 counties. The Silicon Valley description is much more outdated. Since the Nineties, Silicon Valley has extended, North-South, from Sonoma and Napa Counties to Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. West-East, Silicon Valley includes SF County to Sacramento County. That’s a basis of tech-biz interrelationships; there are SV companies and branch operations strewn throughout that expanse. Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, all host businesses that are as integral to SV as HP and Apple. That fragmentation aspect of SV history is part of what distinguishes SV from other tech regions. The internet supports such physical dispersion without isolation.

Rakesh Prasad says:

I live in San Jose which is the capital of Silicon Valley. Thank you for explaining this to people

NickGianatasio says:

Santa Cruz County is also Considered part of the Bay Area, as is (sometimes) San Benito County. I believe both are part of the CSA.

LucyPearl Tops says:

Cool little video but i just have to say it… If you are going to talk about the cities within the Silicon Valley… it would do you some good to research and make sure you know how to pronounce those names. You got wrong Marin, Contra Costa, and Berkeley to start with. Go listen to someone speaking of these cities and you will see what i mean. It was close but it kinda loses the impact when the city you are talking about is not pronounced how it is supposed to be pronounced. 🙂

Steven Banks says:

I love that fast delivery. No umms, you knows, I means, or corny asides. High bit rate.

davelescure1 says:

As a resident of the Bay Area, we consider Lake, Yolo, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties as honorary members.

Duncan Cady says:

First off, you pronounced so many names wrong that I can’t get into it. And Second, you will not be forgiven for mistaking Silicon Valley with San Francisco, they are about an hour drive away and it is really easy to tell which is which, one is a jam packed city with skyscrapers, and the other is a small spread out almost suburbs like area.

LemonGuy 07 says:

Its spelled country not county

Felix soul exe says:

1:27 RIP Club Penguin 2005-2017

Dexter Hu says:

pretty accurate

Paranjay Singh says:

you messed up your maps. San Mateo county is much smaller. Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View are right next to the bay. It still has a coastline.

karim khaldi says:

Correction: HP was started in 1939. Allegedly the first startup. They graduated from Stanford and rented a garage from their grandma in Palo Alto, on Addison avenue.

I think Santa Cruz county is both in SF Bay and Monterey Bay.

Radkon Psygami says:

An asshole culture started by a bunch of assholes – makes complete sense

RB CV says:

+vandegraph, u deserve more subscribers, a million at least. keep up these gr8 videos boss.

Anthony Smith says:

What about Pixar in Emeryville

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terminal2004 says:

The santa clara county map mistakenly map city owned water area (part of the bay) the same as land. So you see a much smaller SF bay.

tachyon2357 says:

I wish you could pronounce Marin properly.

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