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San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
870,044
San Francisco Population7
$
80,420
Median Income6
4.7
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Since 2010, the population of San Francisco has grown 64% faster than the national average, partially driven by the segment of the population that is 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 34%

Age

38.2
Median Age7
10.2
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

San Francisco residents are predominantly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 13.1% since 2010, while the Asian community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 12.5%

Race

37.5
%
California Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

San Francisco can be very humid, but rarely hot or cold. The average humidity is 78%, but the temperature almost never drops below 32°F and rarely tops 90°F

Weather

18
%
Chance of Rain12
67
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature45

 

Housing

The average home value in San Francisco increased by 89% since 2010 which is 46% higher than the national average and 16% higher than the state average

Rent

$
4,500
Monthly Average13
62
%
Renters46

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

San Francisco is a somewhat low tax location with income tax 36% lower than the national average and property tax 32% lower than the national average, but sales tax 24% higher than the national average.

Other

0.76
%
Property Tax21
8.5
%
Sales Tax19
0.65
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)47

 

Employment

San Francisco has a high employment rate of 95% which is 2% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Wells Fargo and BNP Paribas

Income

8.0
%
<$25,0006
39.6
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

San Francisco is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results48

Representatives

Mayor28 London Breed
Democratic
House of Representative28 Nancy Pelosi
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, is 8.9 miles from the center of San Francisco, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, San Francisco VA Medical Center, is 4.1 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, California Pacific Medical Center, is 1.4 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In California, 16.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 27.4% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks30
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The first animal in the zoo was Monarch, a 1,100-pound grizzly bear whose subspecies is now extinct. He was so popular that he became the symbol of the California state flag
  • The cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move. Built in 1873, they transport 9.7 million people per year
  • On the northern waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf is one of the city's busiest tourist areas and as part of the San Francisco Bay, which is 60 miles long and up to 12 miles wide, it makes up one of the world’s largest landlocked harbors
 

Top Destinations

  • Bayfront, Marina district, financial district, and SoMa [South of Market] are all built on landfills.38
  • In 1906, three quarters of the city was destroyed by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent fire39
  • Murphy beds were invented because of San Francisco housing scarcity in 191840
  • Dogs outnumber children in San Francisco. This is fitting since San Francisco was named after St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, but it is also a result of the relatively low number of children in the city, where only 16% of the population is 19 or under, as compared to the U.S. where it is over 27%41
 

Recognition

#14 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#94 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#15 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche33
#26 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#7 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
#20 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub36
#17 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades37
 

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