Residents Say Tourism Makes San Francisco a Better Place to Live

Contrary to how you might have treated that Frenchman on the F-Market this morning, San Franciscans seem to love tourists as much as tourists love them.

According to a survey released today, San Francisco residents named tourism the city's most important industry.

The survey, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Travel Association, was based on interviews with 400 adult San Francisco residents via telephone.

Nearly 78 percent of those surveyed said it's tourism that makes San Francisco a better place to live.

When asked about tourism and city finances, 94 percent said that, without a doubt, they believed those trinket-happy foreigners were a huge benefit to San Francisco's budget.

Some 91 percent of those polled said the money that tourists spend eating and exploring the city has probably helped with road repairs, schools, firefighters, and cops.

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