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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 870,044. San Francisco is in San Francisco County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Francisco offers residents a dense 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
870,044

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,009,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,805
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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San Francisco Rankings

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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
    290
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    355.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    598.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,461.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    474.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 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
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in San Francisco

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$104,552
National
$55,322
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San Francisco Reviews

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Gorgeous architecture and history, incredible opportunities for all kinds of different activities in fields such as art, culture, various kinds of cuisines, numerous parks and of course, the beach, make San Francisco a multi-faceted city.

Needless to say, the city also has issues that it needs to work on; for example helping the homeless population, or making public transport more accessible, safe and clean.

Nevertheless, the city offers so much potential for ambitious and creative people, and is just all around welcoming to visitors and people from abroad.

Another unique aspect is the climate - San Francisco’s micro climates are mind baffling, even after several years of having lived here; one neighborhood might be chilly and overcast at around 50 degrees, while another district, not 5 minutes away, is boasting sunny 69 degrees! Visitors, be warned - bring layers!

I am enjoying living in this city, and I can’t wait to watch San Francisco continue to blossom and develop!
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As we all know, San Francisco is well known for its beautiful weather. SF is a really nice and diverse city in the bay area. I love the diversity in SF, where we have a Chinatown, a Japantown, and places where Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, the Middle East, and other countries' food are available. With all the variety, SF is filled with tourists all year long. SF is the tourist heaven, but a large number of tourists costed prices to go up instantly. Prices are high in popular places like the Fishermen's Wharf and downtown. With that said, I would like to indicate the problem with traffic. Traffic is terrible, centered from downtown, and on. Adding on to that, the homeless problem is also a big problem the SF has. The streets near City Hall and in the Tenderloin district are filled with homeless people, which made the streets smell bad all the time. Even though the government said they were funding the homeless population to have them live in hotels, but apparently it is not working!
San Francisco is a beautiful city! I was born and raised in SF, not to mention we hold pride parades to support our fellow LGBTQIAA+. Our city is diverse but it is not perfect and we do have problems of our own. We are in a housing crisis and many low-income families are being evicted because they cannot afford the high rent that only keep increasing. Homelessness and drugs run rampant in some parts of the city streets and we can see more human defecation and used syringes lying around the curbs. I love this city but I'm afraid a comfortable life in San Francisco is a far fetched dream. Many tech companies are here and unless you have a network and a bachelor's degree in tech or finance, it will be a difficult city to live in.