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This article is about the city in the 2D Universe. For other uses, see San Andreas.

The city of San Andreas grew up around the natural harbor to the south of the modern city. This harbor was formed by the geological fault line which will one day tear San Andreas apart. Seven major earth quakes have rearranged the city, and it sometimes feels as if the people know they are not here to stay.

The City of San Andreas, commonly known as San Andreas, is a city featured in the original Grand Theft Auto. The city is unlocked upon completion of the two Liberty City mission chapters.

History[]

Old world Latin charm and new order Pacific rim technology live happily side by side in San Andreas, the city of the future. San Andreas, which expanded rapidly following the famous 'Fool's Gold Rush' of 1869, has long had ties with the orient. Today, this is reflected in it's thriving oriental communities. As well as Korean and Japanese populations, the city boasts the ninth largest Chinese population in a major city with a two word name anywhere in the world. It has long been rumored that the Chinese control much of the organized crime on the west coast from a laundry in San Andreas's Chinatown, but no one has ever been able to substantiate these claims, although some have disappeared while trying. Conflicts between Mexican and Chinese communities are common in the area, which also has long been associated with the peace movement. In 1968, hippie students occupied an area to the west of Sunrise, and founded a commune. The dispute with the authorities ended when the Governor sent in a crack team of SWAT operatives, who rapidly ended the confusion. The area has subsequently become known as Soviet Hill. The city of San Andreas grew up around the natural harbor to the south of the modern city. This harbor was formed by the geological fault line which will one day tear San Andreas apart. Seven major earth quakes have rearranged the city, and it sometimes feels as if the people know they are not here to stay. From hippies and Hari Krishna to gangsters and policemen, everyone wants a piece of the action on their own terms in this thriving, 23 hour a day city. - Official GTA website > Cities > San Andreas

Inspiration[]

The City of San Andreas is based on the city of San Francisco in California, and it is named after the San Andreas Fault, a continental transform fault that extends roughly 1,200 kilometers through the state of California.

Geography[]

Similar to other cities in the game, San Andreas is designed as a coastal city, although the city lacks adherence to San Francisco's layout of districts, as outlying districts are not accurately placed and the city in entirety faces the wrong direction.

The city is divided into two landmasses, with the northern portion the largest of the two and serving as the city's core, while the southern portion is occupied by a single district, Sunview. The northern landmass is further divided by Aye Valley, which cuts through the heart of the area from the east to the west. The southern coastline of the northern landmass is characterized by its many docks, similar to San Francisco's docks to the north and east of the peninsular.

San Andreas sports distinctive features associated with San Francisco, such as sloped districts, tram lines, Chinatown and Soviet Hill (based on Russian Hill) districts, Lombard Street, and a large red bridge connecting Woodside and Sunview (based on the Golden Gate Bridge). According to the city description on the official website, the city boasts the ninth largest Chinese population in a major city with a two-word name anywhere in the world.

Similar to its real-life counterpart, San Andreas has many steep streets, mainly in the neighborhoods situated to the north of Aye Valley. In the Game Boy Color version of Grand Theft Auto, however, the city is entirely flat due to hardware limitations.

Districts[]

San Andreas features a total of 17 districts, with 16 located on the northern landmass. The districts are evidently based on real life areas in San Francisco, while their names are plays of those from their real life counterparts:

Crime[]

Aside from Chinatown's notorious Triad organization, there are other local ethnic street gangs in San Andreas as well, such as the Japanese Yakuza, a street gang led by a major drug dealer known as Jimmy the Shovel, and other Mexican street gangs.

According to the official website, conflicts between Mexican and Chinese communities are common in the area, although it seems that Uncle Fu and El Burro have been in a ceasefire by 1997 since both do not attack each other's gang during their respective missions.

Transportation[]

Accessible trams, similar to train systems in Liberty City and Vice City, were considered early during the game's development, but was not finalized, possibly explaining the absence of train services in San Andreas. Tram lines and tram stop signs can still be found around the city.

The tram lines and signs are absent from the Game Boy Color version of the game.

Public Service[]

Police Stations[]

Fire Stations[]

Hospitals[]

Gallery[]

See Also[]

Navigation[]

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