San Francisco 66 Average
San Francisco Livability #604 ranked city in California#16,304 ranked city in the USARanks better than 44% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ San Francisco Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Francisco Cost of Living Cost of living is 45% higher than California
San Francisco
203103% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Francisco cost of living
F San Francisco Crime Total crime is 91% higher than California
Total crime
4,938111% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 21111% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
San Francisco crime
B+ San Francisco Employment Household income is 37% higher than California
Median household income
$87,70159% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$55,56786% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%7% lower than the US average
San Francisco employment
B+ San Francisco Housing Home value is 110% higher than California
Median home value
$858,800365% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,63272% higher than the US average
Home ownership
37%42% lower than the US average
San Francisco real estate or San Francisco rentals
C+ San Francisco Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than California
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
San Francisco K-12 schools
D- San Francisco User Ratings There are a total of 105 ratings in San Francisco
Overall user rating
51% 105 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 13 total reviews
User surveys rating
48% 92 total surveys
all San Francisco poll results

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      Living in San Francisco, CA

      Located in the state of California, San Francisco is a big city with a population of 850,282 inhabitants. San Francisco has a population density of 18,128 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (48%) and Asian (34%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of San Francisco. San Francisco has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 75% of the population is classified as married and 63% have kids.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in San Francisco is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around San Francisco, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, weather, education and more.

      Using data and statistics San Francisco has received a livability score of 68 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 53rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the scores for each individual category, San Francisco has been rewarded with high marks for weather (B+), employment (B+) and housing (B+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in San Francisco. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., San Francisco has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, and Cable Cars.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in San Francisco can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in San Francisco is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in San Francisco come in at $858,800, which is 109.8% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Francisco, the home price to income ratio is 9.8, which is 53.1% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in San Francisco are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for San Francisco homes comes in at 8.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 10.9%.

      San Francisco transportation information

      StatisticSan FranciscoCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute32min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work35.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit33.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle4.1%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk10.6%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.6%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The San Francisco, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).