Livability Awards

A+ San Francisco Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Francisco Cost of Living Cost of living is 47% higher than California
San Francisco
206106% more expensive than the US average
California
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 120% higher than California
Total crime
6,225141% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17141% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
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
D+ 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
46%7% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
San Francisco K-12 schools or San Francisco colleges

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%.

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Compare San Francisco, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Francisco, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland8210.82,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8211.15,996
Montclair, Oakland81124,011
Forestland, Oakland8012.91,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8012.71,863
Merriwood, Oakland8012.33,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland7911.81,473
Inner Sunset, San Francisco792.727,720

Best Cities Near San Francisco, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8922.6228
Los Altos, CA8633.230,238
Lafayette, CA8518.225,381
Mill Valley, CA8511.414,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8415.411,312
Cupertino, CA8437.660,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8422.56,190
Los Altos Hills, CA8432.18,376

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FIlthy, Crime Infested Biohazard ! Stay Away !

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It took liberals just 25 years to turn this once great world-class city into literal third-world trash pile. I've lived in the SF Bay Area for the past 29 years (20 years too long), and I have witnessed the decline first-hand. It's time to move out of the Bay Area and out of CA altogether. If you are not a hard left communist, you're not welcomed here anymore. I won't even mention the insane leftist policies, taxes, and "fees." It's never enough of your money for these wealthy communists !

Among many other things, San Francisco is losing one convention after another. Why? The reasons are many: human waste in the streets, out of control crime, violent bums, ridiculous "environmental fees", and the general cost of doing business here. How can you have a health convention at a venue where there is fresh human waste right outside of its door?! AIDS, hepatitis, cholera, typhus? Come one, come all! SF has got it all!

In any normal country the politics of this city would be classified as insane. SF has $50 million dollars allocated for "homeless services" in its annual budget, but most of that goes to the Democrat politicians' pockets. The corruption here is unbelievable. Instead of dealing with city's REAL problems, city council has banned plastic straws. I am not joking. Google it.

I write this negative review with great sadness, because I remember what a special treat it was to come to SF for dinner on a Saturday night in the late 1980's and early 90's. The streets used to be clean, and free of bums, cars were not broken into, and it was not scary to walk Union Square at 10PM. Walking the streets at 10PM today could get you killed. You think I'm joking???

The city has been destroyed. More than 400 SF restaurants closed down in 2019. The city is now a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens, including criminal illegal aliens. When crime happens, police tell you to "file report online", and that's all that happens. With over 800 car break ins per month, what do you expect? They won't investigate any of this!

Leftists destroy everything they touch, and what's left of San Francisco is just another example of it.

For your own safety and health, stay away from this hellhole !
  • 8 -1
WHAT A CRAPHOLE

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What a HORRIBLE, DIRTY, NASTY place!
It's the Sodom and Gomorrah of the USA. It's full of sex offenders, molesters, disgusting gay bars and sick parades, the people walk around with lifeless, hopeless, depressed looks on their faces, and crime is unbelievable.

Seems like THOUSANDS of homeless, heroin addicted bums and crazies fill the streets, and WORST of all- the city is SO FULL OF HUMAN FECES that there are now "POOP MAPS" to help folks avoid the used syringes and feces that fill the streets.

Housing prices are stratospheric, and only rich Liberal millionaires can afford to live there. Driving is insane, parking is impossible, and I guarantee your car WILL be broken into if parked on the street for more than 2 days.

Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal cohorts have ruined this area, and made it the worst place in America to live.

The only GOOD things about San Fransisco?
The fact that the entire city is built on improperly compacted, non-indigenous soils, on a KNOWN MAJOR FAULT LINE, and has a huge probability of being completely destroyed by a major earthquake!
  • 9 -9
The Real SF is Awesome, and Most Tourists Never See it

Attractions10/10
Community8/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining10/10
Shopping7/10
San Francisco is beautiful. The tourist-trappy h*llholes downtown are a forsaken wasteland. Why? Beacuse no self respecting San Franciscan would be caught dead within half a mile of Pier 39. So of course it's dirty. It's a part of town that exists only for visitors who don't know any better than to watch sealions and pay insane prices for bad chocolate.

Where should you go instead for a positive experience? Anywhere else in the city! SF is composed of little neighborhoods far away from downtown that each act as their own pretty little village. Try the Castro, the Mission, Noe Valley, West Portal, Bernal for cute stores, excellent food from all over the world, and gorgeous hillside veiws of the city. These are the areas where families live, where small businesses are run, where people will smile at you and say good morning. Wander around each, and you'll get a distinct feel for each little neighborhood microcosm. These places are only a quick transit ride away from hotels downtown, and offer much more positive expiriences then most tourists see. Try a bowl of ramen, get a burrito, go to an in costume sing-a-long of The Sound of Music at the Castro theater. Hike in one of our parks, see the Exploratorium, and rent roller skates in Golden Gate park. That's the real San Francisco.
  • 7 -4
Nancy Polesi is a loser for what she is doing to SF. And SF is a mess!!!!!

Attractions9/10
Community1/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining1/10
Shopping7/10
Very filthy city. Crime is a joke. Not a good city to live in. Ran by a witch who's named Nancy Polesi and the mayor London Breed. I visited this city once before and I can confidently say this city looks like a slum. I'm so disappointed. Needles everywhere, human waste all over, tents like it's no tomorrow (ALL OVER THE TENDERLOIN AND JAPAN TOWN!!!!). I had my car broken into 3 times here AND WITH A SMASHED WINDOW that I had significant stress with the criminal who stole my iMac and my Windows Surface Pro tablet. I bet you twenty bucks this city's police force doesn't have half the brains to CLEAN THIS FUCKING CITY UP anyway considering it looks like a piss city!!! I really fucking hate the downtown part of SF, and frankly I cannot wait to move to Portland, WHERE EVERYTHING IS MUCH CHEAPER than this hellhole! Fuck this city.
  • 16 -4
My Favorite City

Attractions10/10
Community9/10
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I absolutely loved visiting this city. My family and I had such an amazing time here and I am very interested in coming back for college.
  • 4 -13
AVOID visiting San Francisco

Attractions8/10
Community2/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
If you don't work or go to school San Francisco, then AVOID visiting because of:
(1) homeless, most with serious mental health issues, living on the streets throughout the city (including tourist areas);
(2) significantly higher crime rates than average throughout all of California (major crimes in San Francisco include assault, rapes, and robbery);
(3) highest rat population in San Francisco than at any other time;
(4) human excrement on sidewalks throughout the city and the homeless defecating and urinating in broad daylight right in front of tourists and their families;
(5) used needles and syringes littering children's playgrounds, parks, and street gutters; and
(6) diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, typhus, and bubonic plague).
IF you must see San Francisco, then see it safely ---- from a VIDEO tour!!
  • 18 -9
Watch the Fall of a City

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Dining2/10
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If you watch the progression of views of visitors you will notice how just 6 years has destroyed a once beautiful City. In 2010 everyone loved SF. in 2018 it is so bad because of homelessness it has become a dump. The progressive leaders have made straws illegal but needles and crapping in public not. I have lived here for decades, I once moved away in the late 80s and missed it so much. Now I cannot walk around and look at the sites because you have to watch your step or you may step in a pile with possible ooze of Hep B. The City Politicians are so afraid they might offend someone they do not even attempt to hold anyone accountable. Crime here is off the hook, Only violent crime is even considered for possible arrest. Cars are broken into in broad daylight with people walking by. San Francisco has 3000 IV drug users and 2500 homeless per sq mile. and about 3 outside restrooms and those are always full of people shooting up which is why people shoot up, urinate and, defecate on the streets. If you're coming to San Francisco, Don't forget to keep your belongings locked in the trunk and your purse and camera close to your heart, as in clutched. Better yet, go to a City that respects itself and it's permanent residents, San Francisco does not.
  • 37 -5
God help this city

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Having lived in san fran my whole life, I can confidently tell you that it is a mess. There are seriously so many homeless it is ridiculous. wanna see a bunch of gay men walk around naked? well come on down to san Francisco. Its almost always foggy and cold. The beaches here are worthless because every time I go, i need a sweatshirt just in case the weather pulls a 180 and it starts to rain. the prices here are ridiculous too. when i went to Portland Oregon for a summer, i was in shock as to how inexpensive everything was. Food cost almost nothing, clothes were cheaper than dirt, and the apartment i was renting was really cheap for what I was getting. San Francisco is also nice if you want to hear a bunch of obnoxious millennial morons bitch and complain. really its also a great place to live with the constant crime. Granted there are parts of San Francisco that are nice. But this excludes downtown, west portal, the Haight, the Presidio, china town, Japan town, etc. all of these places are like the tenderloin with all of the druggies and crazy people roaming the streets. you will see rows of tents pitched on the sidewalk as you get a bite to eat at a cafe. Another fun tip, if you have trash cans that you leave out, get ready for all of the homeless to raid your garbage and throw it all over the street. Its really nice waking up after you trash has been collected to find a note from the garbage man telling you that you have been fined for not properly storing your trash. a buddy of mine had a motorcycle that he parked on the street and put a bike lock through the wheel. (If you know where sacred heart cathedral hs is that's where it was parked.) the next morning when he went to go get his bike, it was gone. the only thing left was the wheel with the bike lock, that's the kind of city San Francisco is.
  • 32 -5
Welcome to Slum Francisco

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Do you like the smell of stale urine?Do you like seeing homeless people shooting up drugs on sidewalks in broad daylight?Do you like the sight and smell of human feces?Do you like aggressive panhandlers?Do you love tent cities?Do you love having your car broken into constantly?Do you like getting robbed/assaulted by a crazy person without provocation?Ever been attacked by a machete or hatchet?Then Slum Francisco is the place for you!Come and enjoy our steamy plies of human waste-- prepared fresh daily on city sidewalks especially for you! Enjoy garbage and used syringes discarded in parks, sidewalks and train stations. Explore the many tent cities around town. Experience the Third World without having to leave the USA! Don't miss out!
  • 40 -7
A Great City But PLEASE Clean it UP!

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A fun place to visit for a few days and probably a great city in which to live. We visited for 6 days and as tourists and found it a couple of days too long!The city features fabulous architecture and one really should spend a few hours just looking into some of the older building lobbies in the financial district.With the odd exception, the food in the restaurants was really unremarkable.The city itself is very dirty. Litter is everywhere and in the financial and shopping district, there is a pervasive smell of stale urine. What was astonishing was that the shopkeepers (large and small) did not take enough pride of ownership to police the areas in front of their shops by picking up litter and washing down the sidewalks to remove that urine smell. It was VERY offensive! I understand there is a large number of homeless people just as there is where I live but the lack of cleanliness would not be tolerated here.The shopping was good but with a few exceptions consisted of shops found in other cities. Fisherman's wharf is disappointing and is basically like a fair ground without the rides.There is some fabulous scenery and is not to be missed and to get wonderful views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz take the Sausalito ferry. Sausalito is definitely worth the visit; you will feel a definite change in vibe and a different set of views back to San Francisco.
  • 19 -2
Best City in the Bay

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Honestly if you want to be safe stay out of the Tendernob. Don't go to the Bayview and avoid the projects. If you can follow those rules you will be introduced to one of the most remarkable cities outside of Europe. If you can't then might as well be in East L.A. If you are into food, nightlife, entertainment, sight seeing and proximity to the mountains then SF is your place. The kicker is that you won't want to leave. If you enjoy exploring your neighborhood just go for a walk and you are sure to be entertained. My wife and I go on weekend walks and just emerge ourselves in whatever neighborhood we chose to explore.
  • 1 -23
It's Fun Living In San Francisco, CA

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When I lived in San Francisco, CA, I loved it. There were plenty of great places to choose from to live in. They were a bit pricey, but having two roommates helps with the rent. There are also other types of housing, but I was interested in apartment living. The weather is nice. It is hot in the summers, and the winters aren't bad at all.

Another great thing about living in San Francisco is the abundance of things to do and see. Take the McArdle Roadway and look at the telescope. Head on down to the wharf for fun and interesting things to do and see. Take a ride on the merry go round. San Francisco, CA is close to many other fascinating places, so you will have no problem finding things to do and see when you live in the area. Taking the trolley down the major hills was also an experience, one that is well known to all the people that live in the area.

San Francisco has an array of great restaurants to go to. If you love seafood, you will have your pick of a bunch of great places. The shopping in the area is good too. Make sure that you check out the small shops although, they do tend to come and go, they have great items that are always on sale. I used to buy lots of gifts from these smaller shops.
  • 2 -22
City by the Bay with great progressive spirit

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We just got back from our annual meeting of public health types there (American Public Health Association)...over 10,000 strong. During the World Series, which the Giants swept, so the city was in a euphoric state of mind. We just joined in. During the time there...ate and imbibed great. Took a walking audit, helped the less fortunate, and took a bicycle tour that assessed some of the great improvements the city is making in its built environment. Presenters from the SF Dept. of Health were incredible. IMO, that sets the tone for a city that cares. I am not naive about cost of living, congestion, etc. but there is just too much cool stuff happening in my favorite American city.
  • 2 -17
San Francisco, CA - Will I go back?

Attractions8/10
Community6/10
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I visited San Francisco for a few days in 2010 and was impressed. The San Francisco lifestyle is moderately fast paced with people maintaining a city pace of living. It is a great city for people who enjoy walking around in a comfortable environment. When visiting Fisherman's Wharf, there are many beautiful things to see. The Pacific Ocean is a magnificent thing to see. Additionally, they have seals on the piers. Watching the seals is a very peaceful part of the experience, it allows you to relax and bask in the ambience of San Francisco. I traveled to San Francisco with no expectations and really enjoyed myself. The customer service in San Francisco was marvelous.

I also went to see The Producers in San Francisco. It was a magnificent experience to watch a great play in San Francisco. The theater was very spacious and quite nice. All of the views allowed a great viewing experience. Additionally, the acting was superb. The talent on stage was tremendous and made the price of admission very reasonable.

One of the things I didn't like about San Francisco was the safety. If you didn't know where you were going, you could easily wind up in a bad part of town. For this reason, you should familiarize yourself with the dangerous parts of San Francisco. I felt safe with the exception of the bad areas. All in all, San Francisco was an amazing experience. There were many nice places to eat and places to shop. The public transportation was great as the trolley's were a lot of fun. I look forward to going back to San Francisco as soon as possible. Next time, I will be more familiar with all the great things the city has to offer.
  • 1 -15
Visiting San Francisco, CA

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I visit San Francisco at least once a year. I love the climate, the restaurants, and the fact that it's easy to travel around the city on foot or via public transportation, since San Francisco is so compact. I usually stay in one of the vintage hotels in the Union Square or SoMa neighborhoods, since they're usually reasonably priced and easy to reach from the airport. While these San Francisco neighborhoods can be expensive, there's enough inexpensive ethnic restaurants and other attractions there to make it worthwhile.

One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is to go to Golden Gate Park, especially on Sundays, when the park is closed to cars. The park is full of people walking, riding bikes, and generally enjoying themselves, especially on sunny days. Then I usually walk over to Clement Street in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, eat Burmese food for lunch and explore the many bookstores in the area. This is my idea of a perfect San Francisco weekend excursion.
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