With a growing population base, affordable and high quality housing, and excellent transportation facilities, Daly City offered a desirable suburban residential community that has also evolved into a retail center and incubator for small business. San Francisco International Airport is just nine miles from the City, while Interstate 280 and several other major highways ensure access to regional destinations. Rapid transit serves many of the city's residents, evidenced by the 18,000 daily passengers served by the BART station alone. Often called the "Gateway to the Peninsula," the community consistently ranks as one of the county's largest and most culturally diverse. Approximately one million consumers from around the Bay Area are drawn to sprawling retail centers in the city, from the Mission Street Corridor to sprawling malls like Serramonte Center and Westlake Shopping Center. The renowned Seton Medical Center is a major employer and premier healthcare facility. More reasonably priced housing than most of the Peninsula communities and San Francisco offer is another magnet for newcomers. Beautiful planned developments include the 21-acre Traditions subdivision near Seton Medical Center. The handsome homes in the Pointe Pacific development command 360-degree views in a scenic area surrounded by a preserved habitat for endangered butterflies.