San Francisco Demographics - Illustrated


San Francisco Demographics - Illustrated

Who We Are; Where We Come From; What We Believe;
How We Live; What We Do; Money Earned & Money Spent

There is no city and metropolitan area quite like San Francisco and the Bay Area, and here are a selection of some of the details. Compiled by Paragon Real Estate from a variety of sources for your entertainment and, perhaps, mild edification. 

For those specifically interested in real estate market analytics, dozens of updated analyses can be found here: Paragon Market Reports.


Depending on data source, these analyses pertain to either the city of San Francisco itself, 
or to a multi-county San Francisco Metro Area, as delineated on each chart. 

Ancestry, Age, Religion, Education, Employment, 
Income, Language & Politics

Ethnicity, Race, Ancestry, Language 

Religious & Spiritual Practices & Beliefs 

A Selection of Diverse Data Points 

Education & Income by Education & Sex 

Spending Money 

Employment, Wages & Commuting 

The Bureau of Labor statistics analyzes average annual wages for over 700
local occupations. Below is a diverse sampling of approximately 50 of them. 

A Selection of Miscellaneous Percentages 


The Ages of San Francisco 

Selected Statistics by San Francisco ZIP CODE

Income, Age, Education, Foreign Birth & Homeownership 

Looking at this first chart below, you may wonder why neighborhoods like Pacific Heights and Russian Hill do not show up at the top of the income table, and why South Beach and the Presidio do. First of all, the zip codes for both Pacific Heights and Russian Hill include other, much less affluent neighborhoods: For example, the zip code for Russian Hill runs all the way into the Tenderloin, and that for Pacific Heights includes most of the Western Addition. Both zip codes also include many renters under long-term rent control. Both these situations skew their median household income figures lower. 

On the other hand, the South Beach area is a recently built neighborhood, not long ago filled with parking lots and small commercial enterprises, but now filled with luxury condo buildings. The condos are quite expensive and since all the buildings have been built since 1990, there is no rent control, which means its renters generally pay high market rents. Whether owner or renter, one has to be earning a very substantial income to live there. The Presidio, and we are talking about the park (which contains rental housing), is under federal jurisdiction, so it too is exempt from rent control, and, of course, since it is right next to Pacific and Presidio Heights, its market rents are also quite high, which likewise affects the income requirements accordingly.

Unsurprisingly, degree of education correlates strongly with median household income figures. 

How Americans Spend the Hours of Their Days 

Unhappy Statistics about SF Crime 

Bay Area Housing Affordability 

Long-Term Trends in San Francisco Housing Affordability 

Minimum Qualifying Income to Buy Median Priced House
by County 

Assumes 20% downpayment and including principal, interest, 
property tax and insurance costs. 

Bay Area Median House Prices by County 


All our reports and analyses can be found here: Paragon Market Reports 

Economic & Demographic Context Factors in the Bay Area R.E. Market 

San Francisco Real Estate Market Report 

Bay Area County Markets & Demographics 

SF Neighborhood Home Price Tables 

SF Luxury House Market Update 

SF Luxury Condo Market Update 

Bay Area Apartment Building Market Report 

The data herein is from a wide variety of third party sources deemed reliable - much of it from national, state and local government data sources - but it may contain errors, and is subject to revision. When the term San Francisco Metro Area is used, it signifies that the data includes various nearby counties outside the city, however different organizations vary in which counties they include in that description. Different analyses often pertain to somewhat different time periods. All data should be considered approximate or good-faith estimates. 

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