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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
San Francisco is a city in California with a population of 864,263. San Francisco is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Francisco offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Francisco there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in San Francisco and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in San Francisco are highly rated.
About San Francisco...
Population
864,263

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$927,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,709
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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San Francisco Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    302
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    42
    41
  • Robbery
    365
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    560
    500
  • Theft
    5,059
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    549
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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San Francisco Reviews

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What I love most about San Francisco is the diversity in the neighborhoods, the cultures, and the people. Every neighborhood is different; the Sunset is full of quiet little homes and joyful families, the Mission has the best burritos and rich culture, Downtown is abuzz with technology companies and busy shoppers, and the Haight is alive with groovy style, artists and throwback shops. San Francisco is truly a beautiful city and a must-visit!
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Man San Francisco, where to start. First off, SF is FULL of characters. Characters roam the streets and literally make up The City of San Francisco. You could goto any neighborhood in SF and come across very interesting things. Living in this city, one of my favorite things to do is to grab a drink and people watch. You can literally goto any busy part of the city and you'll have yourself a full on show, that will have your mind blown. SF is such a diverse city with amazing views and even more amazing food on every block. You'll experience things you have never experienced in your life when you visit San Francisco! And also a heads up, this city will definitely break yo bank.
San Francisco is a truly awesome city. It has a vibrant city culture with each of its neighborhoods having extremely differing vibes and cultures. The city is very dense and commute time is pretty bad, especially during rush hour. Housing and cost of living is very, very expensive. Although there are many negatives about living in San Francisco I can gurantee you there is no other place on Earth quite like it!