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San Francisco, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Francisco is the 4th largest city in California with a population of 847,576 as of July 1, 2016. San Francisco ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for San Francisco is located at latitude 37.7272 and longitude -123.0322 in San Francisco County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Francisco (see map below) encompass a land area of 46.89 sq. miles and a water area of 185 sq. miles. San Francisco County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 52 feet.

The City of San Francisco (GNIS ID: 2411786) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of San Francisco is located within of San Francisco County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Francisco population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for San Francisco: Frisco, New Albion, Yerba Buena.

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San Francisco, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 847,576
Population in Households 823,573
Population in Familes 495,439
Population in Group Qrtrs 24,003
Population Density1 18,075
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 364,216
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 159,170
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 394,712 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 125,140 (31.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 239,076 (60.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 30,496 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $820,879
Average Home Value $849,278


Median Household Income $78,942
Average Household Income $116,590
Per Capita Income $51,070
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.82% 1.04%
Households 0.83% 1.05%
Families 0.84% 1.06%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

San Francisco, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Francisco to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 100th
Population Density1 # 9 99th
Diversity Index2 # 520 66th
Median Household Income # 324 79th
Per Capita Income # 169 89th

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