San Francisco, CA
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Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2023-12-15

Living In San Francisco, California Summary

Life in San Francisco research summary. HomeSnacks has been using Saturday Night Science to research the quality of life in San Francisco over the past nine years using Census, FBI, Zillow, and other primary data sources. Based on the most recently available data, we found the following about life in San Francisco:

  • The population in San Francisco is 851,036.

  • The median home value in San Francisco is $1,254,436.

  • The median income in San Francisco is $136,689.

  • The cost of living in San Francisco is 201 which is 2.0x higher than the national average.

  • The median rent in San Francisco is $2,316.

  • The unemployment rate in San Francisco is 5.4%.

  • The poverty rate in San Francisco is 10.5%.

  • The average high in San Francisco is 64.2° and the average low is 50.6°.

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San Francisco, CA Crime Report

Crime in San Francisco summary. We use data from the FBI to determine the crime rates in San Francisco. Key points include:

  • There were 53,082 total crimes in San Francisco in the last reporting year.

  • The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in San Francisco is 6,941.6 / 100k people.

  • The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in San Francisco is 696.1 / 100k people.

  • The property crime rate per 100,000 people in San Francisco is 6,245.5 / 100k people.

  • Overall, crime in San Francisco is 198.67% above the national average.

Total Crimes
Above National Average

Crime In San Francisco Comparison Table

Statistic Count
San Francisco
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 53,082 6,941.6 2,581.0 2,324.2
Violent Crime 5,323 696.1 442.0 369.8
Murder 55 7.2 5.6 6.3
Robbery 2,371 310.1 113.6 66.1
Aggravated Assault 2,589 338.6 288.7 268.2
Property Crime 47,759 6,245.5 2,138.9 1,954.4
Burglary 5,947 777.7 369.7 269.8
Larceny 35,530 4,646.3 1,341.7 1,401.9
Car Theft 6,282 821.5 427.6 282.7

San Francisco, CA Cost Of Living

Cost of living in San Francisco summary. We use data on the cost of living to determine how expensive it is to live in San Francisco. Real estate prices drive most of the variance in cost of living around California. Key points include:

  • The cost of living in San Francisco is 201 with 100 being average.

  • The cost of living in San Francisco is 2.0x higher than the national average.

  • The median home value in San Francisco is $1,254,436.

  • The median income in San Francisco is $136,689.

San Francisco's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average

Cost Of Living In San Francisco Comparison Table

Living Expense San Francisco California National Average
Overall 201 139 100
Services 123 110 100
Groceries 131 112 100
Health 130 109 100
Housing 378 204 100
Transportation 140 126 100
Utilities 130 124 100

San Francisco, CA Weather

  • The average high in San Francisco is 64.2° and the average low is 50.6°.

  • There are 44.7 days of precipitation each year.

  • Expect an average of 23.8 inches of precipitation each year with 0.0 inches of snow.

StatSan Francisco
Average Annual High64.2
Average Annual Low50.6
Annual Precipitation Days44.7
Average Annual Precipitation23.8
Average Annual Snowfall0.0
Average High
Days of Rain

San Francisco, CA Photos

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16 Reviews & Comments About San Francisco

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Samus Aran -

What about San Francisco- I was born and raised in SF, and I can tell you that this place is super s****y. As time passes by, we see more and more unfair BS in this city. At the edge of SF, the rich people wanted to build a wall along the shore. Didn't matter that they would block a spectacular view that's enjoyed by residents and tourists.

-About 1 year ago, the news reported the high price of one dilapidated SF SHACK. This thing was originally built as a shelter for people who lost their home during the 1906 earthquake. This same shack was being sold for about $750,000. Don't think that this high price will stop people from buying it-I've seen tiny 'houses' bought for $2 Million in SF.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-14 00:42:47.844063

There is so much to do in San Francisco. Highlights are going to Alcatraz on the ferry boat and taking the tour that's on headphones. You listen to the experiences had by both inmates and the officers. The trolley rides are fun. Food is great.

My favorite part of San Francisco was the free Alfred Hitchcock tour. The tour guide was kind and extremely knowledgable about Hitchcock films. Vertigo was the main topic, as most of it is filmed in San Francisco. There was also a scene filmed there for Family Plot and some for The Birds. The tour begins in a park at the top of a hill, but you make your way down hills instead of up for the rest of the tour. Very fun. You're able to donate at the end.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-15 17:50:06.105286

Lots of things to do in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is a world-famous landmark, and the Golden Gate Park has tons of museums and activities. The city is condensed, but very walkable and has good public transportation. I was mainly in downtown visiting buildings and museums. I also went to Pier 38, Fisherman's Wharf, and other areas.

There is lots of good food. Golden Gate Bridge is a must see. The city has surprisingly good public transportation for California.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-16 01:38:58.396445

The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The ocean views are magnificent, the restaurants are also some of the worlds finest. The negative aspects are the price of real estate and cost of living.

I love Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, The Cliff Hose Restaurant.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-16 02:58:56.608872

I went to San Francisco about a year ago during the spring. I was sick the entire time but managed to visit a couple places like fisherman's wharf and the golden gate bridge. Both locations were beautiful and worth visiting.

Despite it being spring, the weather was rather cold and rained on multiple occasions, this was a plus for me and made the experience even more enjoyable.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-23 12:29:50

The crime for that the not see that the place and that hear the news and issuse. so there are many crime to days. The people for good and that the situation for changing with the bad man

San Francisco for good place and that the favorite place

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-03 18:20:02.695152

You can do anything and everything you want and it offers something for everyone.

Taking a cruise on the Bay is great but seeing so many homeless people is bad.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-05 02:08:33.630061

I have lived in San Francisco for 7+ years and have loved it. Pros: beautiful city with so many different cultures merged into one place. Food is great, people are friendly and public transportation is reliable. Cons: Outrageous rent, increase in crime, and noticed more and more litter on the streets.

Favorite places include Golden Gate Park, Dolores Park, San Tungs for the wings, and Philz Coffee. Be careful to never leave valuables in the car!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 18:20:32.612309

I have a love/hate relationship with San Francisco. This city is filled with possibilities and fortune but it's also a place where a lot of people become hopeless and homeless.

The things that stand out the most is the homeless crisis. How do we help the ones that want help- How do we accurately help the ones that want to start a new life and better themselves-

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 18:58:58.173267

San Francisco is my favorite place to live. I grew up here and was raised there. It has a lot of great food and great places to visit as a tourist. It's a melting pot of all types of races and especially being Asian, I can relate to other people.

The good is that they have lots of things to do. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is, there's always something to do. The bad is that it's very expensive to live there, and the homeless is a huge problem.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-27 22:17:57.130886

I have always loved visiting San Francisco. I love going to Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf. The food is amazing and there is so much to see and do. From the Golden Gate Bridge to visiting the ocean at Seal Rock. It is also really easy to get around with public transportation. I have never run into any crime issues when i was there.

My favorite places are the Museum of Modern Art and Golden Gate Park. There are tons of music and art shows to choose from. I would highly recommend public transportation, like the BART system to get around. The city traffic can be horrendous if driving in a car.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 01:09:26.278137

I live here now and I like that it has what I call "flavor". I grew up in a small suburban very safe small town. It was ranked "Best small town to raise a family in CA" once in some random magazine. I like that San Francisco has character, lots of activities to do, and it is a beautiful city just to live in. I also live in the Inner Sunset neighborhood near the golden gate park and do not experience seeing lots of homeless people around me so thats probably why I feel favorably about how SF feels.

One of my favorite places is Lands end and golden gate park. There are always activities going on in the park and it is just really nice to be able to access such a beautiful place easily by bike. I like that there are large concerts in golden gate park, night life experiences at the museums in the park, and large open spaces for family gatherings.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 15:12:02.396323

I believe that San Francisco, CA is an awesome place to live! There is never a shortage of things to do, from shopping in China Town to taking a ride down the crookest street in America on the Trolley, it truly is a fun place to be. There are so many different people and cultures in the city that you truly get to learn and appreciate this divers city.

What stands out are the people and the care free attitude of the city. You learn to appreciate all types of people and the cuisines that they offer. I love China town and the food is like no other.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 04:27:00

In San francisco, my school,colleges are my best days of life.those moments are my unforgettable moments.i have been spending my life with joy.

my good things are school and college days.i felt happy to share my feelings.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 04:35:26.762387

I felt happy to stay San Francisco, Good surroundings,people like to enjoy and helpful to us

I like to go golden bridge, Coit tower

HomeSnacks User - 2019-03-22 15:39:42.403795

weather is pretty good, crime is high

downtown is a gigantic urinal, homeless all over, crime through the roof, great scenery but overall a filthy place

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San Francisco Demographics And Statistics

Population over time in San Francisco

The current population in San Francisco is 851,036. The population has increased 7.8% from 2010.

Year Population % Change
2022 851,036 -2.2%
2021 870,044 0.7%
2020 864,263 1.6%
2019 850,282 1.1%
2018 840,763 1.4%
2017 829,072 1.4%
2016 817,501 1.2%
2015 807,755 1.2%
2014 797,983 1.1%
2013 789,172 -

Race / Ethnicity in San Francisco

38.3% (325,900)
African American
4.9% (41,934)
American Indian
0.2% (1,758)
34.5% (294,027)
0.4% (3,010)
0.7% (5,959)
Two Or More
5.5% (46,931)
15.5% (131,517)

San Francisco is:

  • 38.3% White with 325,900 White residents.

  • 4.9% African American with 41,934 African American residents.

  • 0.2% American Indian with 1,758 American Indian residents.

  • 34.5% Asian with 294,027 Asian residents.

  • 0.4% Hawaiian with 3,010 Hawaiian residents.

  • 0.7% Other with 5,959 Other residents.

  • 5.5% Two Or More with 46,931 Two Or More residents.

  • 15.5% Hispanic with 131,517 Hispanic residents.

Race San Francisco CA USA
White 38.3% 35.2% 58.9%
African American 4.9% 5.3% 12.1%
American Indian 0.2% 0.3% 0.6%
Asian 34.5% 14.9% 5.7%
Hawaiian 0.4% 0.3% 0.2%
Other 0.7% 0.4% 0.4%
Two Or More 5.5% 3.8% 3.5%
Hispanic 15.5% 39.7% 18.7%

Gender in San Francisco

48.5% (412,943)
51.5% (438,093)
  • San Francisco is 48.5% female with 412,943 female residents.

  • San Francisco is 51.5% male with 438,093 male residents.

Gender San Francisco CA USA
Female 48.5% 49.9% 50.4%
Male 51.5% 50.1% 49.6%

Highest level of educational attainment in San Francisco for adults over 25

  • 8.0% of adults in San Francisco completed < 9th grade.

  • 4.0% of adults in San Francisco completed 9-12th grade.

  • 12.0% of adults in San Francisco completed high school / ged.

  • 12.0% of adults in San Francisco completed some college.

  • 5.0% of adults in San Francisco completed associate's degree.

  • 35.0% of adults in San Francisco completed bachelor's degree.

  • 16.0% of adults in San Francisco completed master's degree.

  • 5.0% of adults in San Francisco completed professional degree.

  • 3.0% of adults in San Francisco completed doctorate degree.

< 9th Grade
8.0% (68,082)
9-12th Grade
4.0% (34,041)
High School / GED
12.0% (102,124)
Some College
12.0% (102,124)
Associate's Degree
5.0% (42,551)
Bachelor's Degree
35.0% (297,862)
Master's Degree
16.0% (136,165)
Professional Degree
5.0% (42,551)
Doctorate Degree
3.0% (25,531)
Education San Francisco CA USA
< 9th Grade 8.0% 9.0% 4.0%
9-12th Grade 4.0% 7.0% 6.0%
High School / GED 12.0% 20.0% 26.0%
Some College 12.0% 20.0% 20.0%
Associate's Degree 5.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 35.0% 22.0% 21.0%
Master's Degree 16.0% 9.0% 10.0%
Professional Degree 5.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 3.0% 2.0% 2.0%

Household Income For San Francisco, California

  • 4.2% of households in San Francisco earn Less than $10,000.

  • 4.5% of households in San Francisco earn $10,000 to $14,999.

  • 4.9% of households in San Francisco earn $15,000 to $24,999.

  • 4.2% of households in San Francisco earn $25,000 to $34,999.

  • 5.2% of households in San Francisco earn $35,000 to $49,999.

  • 8.4% of households in San Francisco earn $50,000 to $74,999.

  • 8.6% of households in San Francisco earn $75,000 to $99,999.

  • 13.6% of households in San Francisco earn $100,000 to $149,999.

  • 11.5% of households in San Francisco earn $150,000 to $199,999.

  • 35.0% of households in San Francisco earn $200,000 or more.

Less than $10,000
4.2% (3,605,868)
$10,000 to $14,999
4.5% (3,798,791)
$15,000 to $24,999
4.9% (4,151,619)
$25,000 to $34,999
4.2% (3,538,180)
$35,000 to $49,999
5.2% (4,399,259)
$50,000 to $74,999
8.4% (7,187,445)
$75,000 to $99,999
8.6% (7,301,359)
$100,000 to $149,999
13.6% (11,584,110)
$150,000 to $199,999
11.5% (9,791,199)
$200,000 or more
35.0% (29,745,765)
Income San Francisco CA USA
Less than $10,000 4.2% 4.4% 4.9%
$10,000 to $14,999 4.5% 3.2% 3.8%
$15,000 to $24,999 4.9% 5.6% 7.0%
$25,000 to $34,999 4.2% 6.0% 7.4%
$35,000 to $49,999 5.2% 8.7% 10.7%
$50,000 to $74,999 8.4% 13.7% 16.1%
$75,000 to $99,999 8.6% 12.0% 12.8%
$100,000 to $149,999 13.6% 17.8% 17.1%
$150,000 to $199,999 11.5% 10.7% 8.8%
$200,000 or more 35.0% 17.9% 11.4%

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