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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 884,353 as of July 1, 2019. 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 37.775 and longitude -122.4194 in San Francisco County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Francisco 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 San Francisco CCD of San Francisco County.

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

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San Francisco, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

San Francisco, CA Housing Affordability Index is 48
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

San Francisco, CA Wealth Index is 153
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 884,353 (100%)
Population in Households 860,189 (97.3%)
Population in Families 518,624 (58.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 24,164 ( 2.7%)
Population Density 18,871
Diversity Index2 74
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $112,858
Average Household Income $161,211
Per Capita Income $69,412
Wealth Index4 153

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 409,561 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 135,706 (33.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 243,625 (59.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 30,230 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $1,206,436
Housing Affordability Index3 48
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 379,331
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 165,483
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.02% 0.96%
Households 1.01% 0.95%
Families 0.99% 0.95%
Median Household Income   3.37%
Per Capita Income   2.86%

San Francisco, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Francisco to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 Density # 8 100th
Diversity Index # 536 65th
Median Household Income # 157 90th
Per Capita Income # 110 93rd

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