San Francisco Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • 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
4.00 San Francisco 817,501
3.33 Oakland 397,011
4.33 Fremont 218,172
3.33 Hayward 147,163
3.00 Concord 123,658
4.33 Berkeley 114,037
2.66 Richmond 105,280
3.00 Antioch 104,035
3.66 Daly City 102,605
4.33 San Mateo 98,601
3.33 San Leandro 86,038
4.00 Livermore 82,442
4.00 Redwood City 78,241
4.33 Alameda 74,818
4.33 San Ramon 72,707
4.33 Pleasanton 71,488
4.00 Union City 70,687
4.00 Walnut Creek 65,122
4.00 South San Francisco 64,630
2.66 Pittsburg 64,588
3.33 Castro Valley 61,637
3.66 San Rafael 58,162
4.00 Novato 52,704
3.66 Brentwood 52,494
4.33 Dublin 47,642

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Alameda County 1,535,248
4.00 Contra Costa County 1,065,794
4.33 San Francisco County 817,501
4.33 San Mateo County 729,543
4.33 Marin County 254,643

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 San Jose Metro Area 1,868,323
3.00 Sacramento Metro Area 2,174,401
2.66 Los Angeles Metro Area 12,945,252
1.66 San Bernardino Metro Area 4,285,443
3.66 San Diego Metro Area 3,138,265

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 San Jose Metro Area 1,868,323
3.66 Seattle Metro Area 3,504,628
2.66 Los Angeles Metro Area 12,945,252
3.33 New York City Metro Area 19,716,880
3.00 Chicago Metro Area 9,488,493

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Piedmont City Unified School District 7
Brisbane Elementary School District 3
4.33 Acalanes Union High School District 5
Sausalito Marin City 3
4.33 Tamalpais Union High School District 5
4.33 Pleasanton Unified School District 16
Millbrae Elementary School District 5
4.33 San Ramon Valley Unified School District 36
4.33 San Mateo Union High School District 8
Bolinas-Stinson Union 1
4.00 Albany City Unified School District 7
4.00 Berkeley Unified School District 19
4.00 Sequoia Union High School District 10
Bayshore Elementary School District 3
4.00 Dublin Unified School District 11
4.00 Fremont Unified School District 42
Sunol Glen Unified School District 1
4.00 Shoreline Unified School District 5
Pacifica 7
Menlo Park City Elementary School District 4
3.66 Alameda City Unified School District 21
Hillsborough City Elementary School District 4
3.66 Castro Valley Unified School District 15
Burlingame Elementary School District 7
San Mateo-Foster City 21

Top Public Schools

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

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Stanford University
4.33 University of California - Berkeley
4.00 Santa Clara University
3.66 San Francisco Conservatory of Music
3.33 Mills College
3.00 University of San Francisco
3.00 Menlo College
3.00 University of the Pacific
3.00 University of California - Santa Cruz
3.00 Saint Mary's College of California
2.66 California College of the Arts
2.66 Dominican University of California
2.66 San Jose State University
2.66 California Maritime Academy
2.66 Holy Names University
2.33 San Francisco State University
2.33 Cogswell College
2.33 Notre Dame de Namur University
2.00 California State University - East Bay
2.00 San Francisco Art Institute
1.66 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 Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
White 42.08% 63.25% 39.67% 54.70% 31.28% 49.04% 34.76% 67.43%
Asian 23.42% 4.83% 13.11% 5.77% 14.77% 9.93% 31.39% 11.53%
Hispanic 21.71% 16.62% 37.89% 20.94% 44.61% 22.94% 27.70% 9.15%
African American 7.86% 12.23% 5.72% 16.87% 6.56% 15.89% 2.37% 5.37%
Multiracial 3.64% 2.05% 2.64% 1.45% 2.12% 1.46% 3.03% 4.73%
Pacific Islander 0.71% 0.16% 0.36% 0.02% 0.25% 0.03% 0.32% 0.80%
Other 0.33% 0.19% 0.22% 0.15% 0.23% 0.57% 0.21% 0.19%
Native American 0.24% 0.66% 0.39% 0.11% 0.18% 0.14% 0.22% 0.79%

Age

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

Education Levels

San Francisco Metro Area United States California Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 12% 14% 19% 13% 22% 15% 14% 8%
High school diploma or equivalent 17% 28% 21% 25% 20% 26% 16% 21%
Some college or associate degree 26% 29% 30% 27% 27% 22% 25% 32%
Bachelor's degree 27% 18% 19% 21% 20% 21% 25% 24%
Master's degree or higher 18% 11% 11% 13% 11% 15% 20% 14%

Gender

San Francisco Metro Area United States California Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
Male 49.3% 49.2% 49.7% 48.9% 49.3% 48.3% 50.2% 49.8%
Female 50.7% 50.8% 50.3% 51.1% 50.7% 51.7% 49.8% 50.2%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

San Francisco Metro Area United States California Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
Rent 45.8% 35.1% 44.7% 34.0% 50.3% 47.5% 42.4% 39.4%
Own 54.2% 64.9% 55.3% 66.0% 49.7% 52.5% 57.6% 60.6%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

San Francisco Metro Area United States California Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
Assault 249.2 278.9 218.3 68.1 169.7 242.6 143.8 196.3
Murder 5.5 5.0 4.4 7.1 4.3 3.7 3.0 2.3
Robbery 318.1 159.8 151.9 187.3 139.6 171.3 82.6 137.5

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

San Francisco Metro Area United States California Chicago Metro Area Los Angeles Metro Area New York City Metro Area San Jose Metro Area Seattle Metro Area
Burglary 737.3 573.5 600.6 439.9 441.9 253.7 468.8 900.0
Larceny 2299.8 2079.6 1703.7 1806.4 1430.0 1266.4 1346.3 3113.9
Motor vehicle theft 654.1 235.5 440.2 220.7 343.5 114.7 548.5 580.7

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 217 responses

  • 57% Yes
  • 28% Not sure
  • 15% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 128 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 226 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 4% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 555 responses

  • 27% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 47% 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.
  • 5% 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 81 responses

  • 9% I love everything about it.
  • 63% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 23% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 5% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 69 responses

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