Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB
- Crime & SafetyC+
- Good for FamiliesB
- Cost of LivingD
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
South San Francisco is a town in California with a population of 67,294. South San Francisco is in San Mateo County. Living in South San Francisco offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In South San Francisco there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South San Francisco and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South San Francisco are above average.
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South San Francisco Reviews
I was born and raised in SSF - it is my home; however, I visited a few months ago and could not believe the decline in this once thriving little city by the bay. Dirty, streets in need of maintenance, weeds, disheveled yards, a very depressing site to say the least. Walking downtown on Grand Ave. there are flies in front of restaurants and store fronts, dirt and garbage everywhere. It is so sad to witness. What is the City doing about this poor city. We need to stand up and voice a change in governance! What is the mayor doing and her council? They should all be ashamed of themselves.
There's literally everything within an hour drive. Colleges, high schools, general necessities, you name it! Only problem I can see is the cost. I've seen some sketchy people around, but most of the time they don't hurt anybody. Just mind your business and you can get around. But still keep some pepper spray on you just it case.
There is a lot of open areas and there are many things you can do within the vicinity. There are many parks and recreational opportunities for children and adults alike. There is a large sense of community in South San Francisco with the active beautification projects and a strong connection to local volunteer organizations. The mayor seems very active and attends a large majority of these events, from what I've seen. In education, thousands of dollars have been given in scholarships, especially for STEM majors. Genetech, the local biotechnology lab has been very generous in its neighboring high schools by providing scholarships of up to $250,000, sponsored field trips, sponsored competitions for middle school students, funded the creation of a biotech lab in South San Francisco High School, and much more. It is fairly safe, but gangs and drug dealings are not uncommon to see.