San Francisco Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

  • Population
    4,402,729
  • Population Density
    1,285 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    3,426 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco metro area is centered in California and has 4,402,729 residents. It has very high home values, very high rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and high income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 San Francisco 829,072
4.00 Oakland 402,339
4.00 Fremont 221,654
3.33 Hayward 149,596
3.33 Concord 125,017
4.33 Berkeley 115,688
3.33 Richmond 106,469
3.33 Antioch 105,630
3.33 Daly City 103,897
4.33 San Mateo 100,114
3.66 San Leandro 87,159
3.66 Livermore 83,901
4.00 Redwood City 79,736
4.33 Alameda 75,763
4.33 San Ramon 73,826
4.33 Pleasanton 73,164
3.66 Union City 71,675
4.00 Walnut Creek 65,923
3.66 South San Francisco 65,537
3.33 Pittsburg 65,761
3.66 Castro Valley 62,363
4.00 San Rafael 58,588
3.66 Novato 53,451
3.33 Brentwood 54,062
4.33 Dublin 49,694

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Alameda County 1,559,308
3.33 Contra Costa County 1,081,232
4.33 San Francisco County 829,072
3.66 San Mateo County 739,837
3.66 Marin County 256,802

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Piedmont Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.33 Beach Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Wildwood Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Havens Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Piedmont High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Redwood High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Dougherty Valley High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Pleasanton Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
San Mateo County Special Education Public, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Miramonte High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Harvest Park Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.33 Thomas S. Hart Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 Alameda Science And Technology Institute Public, Magnet, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Fairlands Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Henry P. Mohr Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.33 Santa Clara County Special Education Public, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Campolindo High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Lydiksen Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Walnut Grove Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 Iron Horse Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 Gale Ranch Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 Coyote Creek Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Donlon Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 Windemere Ranch Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Stars High School Private, Special Education, Coed 9-12 High
3.66 International Christian School Private, Religious, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
North Valley Baptist School Private, Religious, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The College Preparatory School Private, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Castilleja School Private, All-Girls 6-12 Middle, High
Calvary Christian Academy Private, Religious, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 San Francisco University High School Private, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Lick-Wilmerding High School Private, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Woodside International School Private, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Head-Royce School Private, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Seneca Center Private, Special Education, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 El Sobrante Christian School Private, Religious, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Seneca Center Private, Special Education, Coed 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Quarry Lane School Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Achieve Kids Private, Special Education, Coed 4-12 Middle, High
4.33 The Branson School Private, Coed 9-12 High
Christian Center School Private, Religious, Coed K-11 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Pinewood School Private, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
Heritage Baptist Academy Private, Religious, Coed K-11 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Athenian School Private, Boarding, Coed 6-12 Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Stanford University
University of California - Berkeley
Santa Clara University
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Mills College
University of San Francisco
Menlo College
University of the Pacific
University of California - Santa Cruz
Saint Mary's College of California
California College of the Arts
Dominican University of California
San Jose State University
California Maritime Academy
Holy Names University
San Francisco State University
Cogswell College
Notre Dame de Namur University
California State University - East Bay
San Francisco Art Institute
Sonoma State University
De Anza College
City College of San Francisco
Diablo Valley College
Santa Rosa Junior College

Around San Francisco

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
White 42.08% 63.25% 39.16%
Asian 23.42% 4.83% 13.30%
Hispanic 21.71% 16.62% 38.18%
African American 7.86% 12.23% 5.66%
Multiracial 3.64% 2.05% 2.74%
Pacific Islander 0.71% 0.16% 0.36%
Other 0.33% 0.19% 0.22%
Native American 0.24% 0.66% 0.38%

Age

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
9 years and under 12% 13% 13%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 14%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 11%
65 and over 13% 13% 12%

Education Levels

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
Less than a high school diploma 12% 14% 19%
High school diploma or equivalent 17% 28% 21%
Some college or associate degree 26% 29% 30%
Bachelor's degree 27% 18% 20%
Master's degree or higher 18% 11% 11%

Gender

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
Male 49.3% 49.2% 49.7%
Female 50.7% 50.8% 50.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
Rent 45.8% 35.1% 45.2%
Own 54.2% 64.9% 54.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
Assault 249.2 264.1 226.0
Murder 5.5 5.2 4.2
Robbery 318.1 135.0 136.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

San Francisco Metro Area United States California
Burglary 737.3 575.0 523.6
Larceny 2299.8 2114.0 1621.6
Motor vehicle theft 654.1 257.3 402.8

Income

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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 744 responses

  • 64% Yes
  • 24% Not sure
  • 13% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 1171 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 552 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 8% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 2% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 1436 responses

  • 27% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 49% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 20% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 4% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 409 responses

  • 19% I love everything about it.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 2% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 578 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments