2017 Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Francisco Metro

Explore the best neighborhoods to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    Rincon Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Monterey Heights

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:San Francisco, and West Portal in particular, is a family oriented, area of the Bay. I love living here and it is an easy commute to downtown San Francisco and Silicon Vally.
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    Presidio National Park

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 1 review
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    Central Waterfront

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    St. Francis Wood

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Forest Knolls

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Dogpatch

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Showplace Square

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Forest Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    West Portal

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:I love it here! I feel safe, it is diverse and muni, coffee shops, eateries and book stores are all walkable!
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    Potrero Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 35 reviews
    Current Resident:Great views of the city. This is your place if you enjoy resting in a low key neighborhood of San Francisco, but having easy access to get to the city or highways to get out of town.
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    Parnassus Heights

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Lower Haight

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:The Lower Haight has all of the pros of living in a metropolitan bohemia and not really any of the cons - with the exception of an increase in real estate, as well as some crime (but this is true of almost any highly populated area that's in large demand). It's right at the center of the San Francisco, which conveniently can get you to anywhere you need to go in a quick bind.
    It's Haight Ashbury's cooler younger sister, without all of the hippies from Golden Gate Park roaming around aimlessly.
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    Mint Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    South Beach

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Inner Sunset

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:I love the inner sunset, every little & BIG thing about it. It's such a friendly, safe, and welcoming neighborhood.
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    Mission Bay

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 3 reviews
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    Fairmount

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 1 review
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    Noe Valley

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Ashbury Heights

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:Wonderful part of San Francisco! Very safe neighborhood, close to great local restaurants and shops, and a short commute to the downtown / financial district. The most peaceful neighborhood in the city that's as central as it is. Would definitely live here again.
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    Mission Dolores

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in the Mission district of San Francisco for six years and I absolutely love it. The BART train and many bus lines go through this neighborhood. You will find some of the best food in the city here, especially Mexican. There is vibrant art everywhere. Interesting shops and colorful cafes line the streets. People from all cultures intermingle. The Mission provides an eclectic mix gritty bars and clubs, from hipster to Latin to Irish to dive.
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    Polk Gulch

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Ingleside Terraces

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 1 review
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    Dolores Heights

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Buena Vista

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 5 reviews