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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  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-
South San Francisco is a town in California with a population of 67,120. 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.
About South San Francisco...
Population
67,120

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$697,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,751
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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South San Francisco Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    151.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    82.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    378.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,474.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    272.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in South San Francisco

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$92,074
National
$55,322
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South San Francisco Reviews

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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.
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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.