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Who is San Francisco?

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San Francisco Demographics & Rankings

Who is San Francisco?

Who We Are, Where We Come From, How We Live, What We Do, How We Rank

How many San Franciscans:

There is no city in the world like San Francisco – and here are some of the interesting details.

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The information on the charts above was researched in 2011- 2012 with much of it based upon the U.S. Census data of 2010; the zip-code demographic breakdown and the rankings below were researched in 2014. There may be some small discrepancies between three reports, which are now cobbled together on this one web page.

San Francisco Demographics by Zip Code 
A statistical breakdown by household income, education, homeownership, 
foreign-born population, household size, age and other criteria.

June 2014 Report
The below charts and table are based upon U.S. Census surveys from 2010 – 2013. Please note that zip codes often contain neighborhoods of widely different demographics. For example, 94115 includes Pacific Heights, one of the most affluent areas of the city, as well the Western Addition, which is less affluent: when mixing areas such as these in one zip code, you end up with statistics that don’t really apply to either. Data like this is constantly changing and zip codes are blunt instruments for demographic investigation, but we still found the analysis to generate interesting, new insights into San Francisco.
Below the charts is a full table of the data we collected.
The neighborhoods associated with zip codes in the charts and table below are simply representative of each area; other neighborhoods are often included within one zip code and many neighborhoods are divided between different zip codes.

Median Household Income 
Many factors impact this statistic: household size, level of education, percentages of homeowners vs. renters, whether the rental units are subject to rent control, median age and other cost of housing issues besides rent control. The South Beach-Yerba Buena zip code takes top place for median household income in San Francisco. Interestingly, it is at the bottom of the ranking for average household size. This zip code is dominated by newer condo projects, many of them at the top of the price scale and the rental units here, which make up over half the housing, are typically not under rent control. The second ranked zip code for income is quite different: the St. Francis Wood-Miraloma Park area has a completely different ambiance, very few condos or renters, older residents and bigger households. And number 3 is the Presidio Trust zip code with no homeowners, all renters but no rent control, and younger residents than either of the first two. All 3 of the top zip codes, however, have very high percentages of residents with bachelor’s, graduate and professional degrees.

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Foreign-Born Percentage of Population 

Of major metro areas, San Francisco ranks 4th in the country in percentage of foreign-born residents.

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Residents with Bachelor’s, Graduate & Professional Degrees 

San Francisco ranks 2nd in the country for percentage of residents with bachelor’s degrees and ranks 3rd for percentage of residents with graduate or professional degrees. Not surprisingly, when looking at zip codes, educational attainment and household income typically go hand in hand.

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Percentage of Housing Units Owner-Occupied 

San Francisco has approximately 70% more housing units occupied by renters than by homeowners.

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Average Size of Household 

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of children of any major U.S. city and 38% of residents live alone. This brings the city’s average household size down, however the statistic varies widely by neighborhood.

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Below is the table with all the San Francisco zip code demographic data we collected. It will be easier to read if you adjust your screen-view to zoom 125% or 150%.

The zip codes in the table are in order of median household income.

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Ranking San Francisco
Below is a half-serious, semi-whimsical look at how San Francisco is ranked by a number of objective and subjective criteria, according to a wide (and not necessarily reliable) variety of authorities. Typically, these rankings were made within the last 2 or 3 years. Many should be taken with a large grain of salt.

Generally speaking, rankings are against other major U.S. cities or greater metropolitan areas. Note that both “San Francisco Metro Area” and “Bay Area” are often used to describe different groupings of counties.

San Francisco has an estimated population of 837,442 (per U.S. Census)
within 47 square miles on 43 – 50 “named” hills.
So, according to the source cited, San Francisco is ranked as: 

Source: Parascopesf.com

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