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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  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 above average.
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

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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
    301.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    41.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    365.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    560
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,059.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    548.5
    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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San Francisco is a good city. The public and private school options are extensive and well-spread out within the city. The diversity and food options are amazing!
While every city has its own pros and cons, the first con of San Francisco include a significant homelessness issue (with not much in the way of willingness to assist those in need). The second con is the high (and ever-growing) cost of living. Former government officials have catered to the tech-industry, allowed luxury apartments to be built, allowed very few low-income apartments to be constructed and seemingly forgotten about the older residents of San Francisco.
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I was born and raised in San Francisco, so for as long as I can remember, I have been playing in the parks, reading at the libraries, and attending the wonderful schools. Reading was such a huge part of mine and my brother's childhood, so every afternoon after school, and most weekends, were spent at the Western Addition library with our heads buried inside books. During the summer, if we were lucky enough to have a couple warm days, my family would pack some sandwiches and snacks and bring some towels to Crissy Field to enjoy the sunshine and freezing cold ocean. Overall, growing up in SF was a childhood I am so grateful for!
San Francisco is a great city if you are liberal, in tech, and like food. We definitely do live in a liberal bubble here and are not really accepting of others on the opposite side of the political spectrum. SF is a sanctuary city and very diverse, which may come as a culture shock to those who are moving here from other parts of the country. San Francisco is getting gentrified quickly, which means rent and the cost of living are skyrocketing. The only people who can really live here now are people who work in the tech industry, or doctors and lawyers. Because of its diversity, San Francisco has a smorgasbord of various kinds of cuisine. From Chinatown to North Beach, we have the best of all worlds right here in the city!