Last year, the Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay published Greeks in San Francisco (Images of America). Through historical images of Greek-Americans as well as Greek areas of the city, the book tells the story of the San Francisco Greek community and its influence on the city’s industry, culture, religion, and politics from the late 19th century to the present day.
In the early 1900s, about 2,000 Greeks were living in the San Francisco area. In the 1920s, that number increased to 10,000. Many settled south of Market Street, around Third Street, and by 1925 over half the businesses on Third Street’s 300 block were owned by Greeks. The Greeks built churches, started newspapers, opened restaurants, and got involved in politics. Today, there are about 27,000 Greeks living in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has 10 parishes.