What's your ideal San Francisco neighborhood? 

San Franciscans love their neighborhoods. Blithely ask a Sunset district resident and a Richmond district resident which has the best inexpensive Asian food and watch the arguments begin. Confuse Cole Valley with Noe Valley in front of someone who calls one of those areas home and you’ll never do it again.

The Examiner compiled a range of facts and figures about neighborhoods across The City — including how much it costs to live there and the percentage of people with access to a supermarket — to show that aside from the commonly held assumptions about the areas, there are vast differences among the places San Franciscans call home.

San Francisco

Population: 808,796
Average household size: 2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 40
Percent married: 34
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 1,103
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 5,623
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $640,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,737
Median household income: $71,451
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 84

Marina

The waterfront neighborhood has views of the Bay that include Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, but the cost of scenery outside your window comes via higher housing prices.

Population: 20,488
Average household size: 1.5
Percentage of families with children under 18: 26
Percent married: 31
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 54
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 278
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,725,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,164
Median household income: $104,426
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 95

Inner Richmond

Hemmed in on the south by Golden Gate Park and on the north by the Presidio; home to “Little Russia,” ubiquitous affordable Asian cuisine, the 38-Geary Muni bus line and Green Apple Books on Clement Street.

Population: 33,197
Average household size: 2.2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 37
Percent married: 37
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 42
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 221
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $850,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,122
Median household income: $71,323
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 82

Outer Richmond

Famous for fog, families and affordable housing; next to the ocean.

Population: 32,030
Average household size: 2.3
Percentage of families with children under 18: 37
Percent married: 44
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 53
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 201
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $662,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,122
Median household income: $74,166
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 72

Inner Sunset

Home to the UC San Francisco Medical Center, dozens of affordable restaurants and a new farmers’ market.

Population: 24,106
Average household size: 2.1
Percentage of families with children under 18: 40
Percent married: 39
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 15
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 174
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $890,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,976
Median household income: $78,878
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 82

Outer Sunset

Much like the Outer Richmond, but with even more surfers.

Population: 44,901
Average household size: 2.7
Percentage of families with children under 18: 39
Percent married: 45
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 19
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 195
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $632,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,874
Median household income: $73,157
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 56

Pacific Heights

As the hill from the Marina district climbs, the housing prices on average tend to dip. The neighborhood, however, is still among the priciest in The City.

Population: 15,677
Average household size: 1.5
Percentage of families with children under 18: 29
Percent married: 34
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 21
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 189
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $955,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,414
Median household income: $97,277
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

Russian Hill

The steep hill houses homes that are among the more affluent in The City. The neighborhood also towers over several other nearby areas, including North Beach and Ghiradelli Square.

Population: 16,458
Average household size: 1.7
Percentage of families with children under 18: 29
Percent married: 37
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 13
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 168
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,300,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,846
Median household income: $75,312
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 80

Castro-Upper Market

The neighborhood, known for its large gay population, has one of the lowest marriage rates in The City. However, families are beginning to move into the area.

Population: 17,741
Average household size: 1.7
Percentage of families with children under 18: 28
Percent married: 17
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 125
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 436
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,022,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,730
Median household income: $85,864
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

North Beach

San Francisco’s Little Italy and a destination for many people looking for good food and a night on the town; host to many street festivals and site of frequent planning battles.

Population: 11,996
Average household size: 1.7
Percentage of families with children under 18:  29
Percent married: 35
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 70
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 361
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $750,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,732
Median household income: $60,118
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

Haight-Ashbury

Famous for an influx of flower children more than 40 years ago, the area is now filled with children under 18. The iconic Victorians in the neighborhood are housing families, with roughly 30 percent of the households having children.

Population: 20,331
Average household size: 1.9
Percentage of families with children under 18: 35
Percent married: 21
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 36
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 323
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $790,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,326
Median household income: $80,138
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

Nob Hill

Historically affluent neighborhood that was once home to tycoons that frequented the Top of the Mark; among the most densely populated neighborhoods in The City.

Population: 23,388
Average household size: 1.8
Percentage of families with children under 18: 27
Percent married: 31
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 45
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 141
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $584,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,602
Median household income: $53,143
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

Noe Valley

Protected from the ocean winds by Twin Peaks, this oft-sunny neighborhood is home to a large percentage of families.

Population: 16,683
Average household size: 1.9
Percentage of families with children under 18: 41
Percent married: 33
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 26
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 174
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $921,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,644
Median household income: $99,564
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 88

Mission

Population: 55,274
Average household size: 2.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 51
Percent married: 25
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 291
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 932
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $600,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,342
Median household income: $61,817
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 100

West of Twin Peaks

Population: 17,743
Average household size: 2.5
Percentage of families with children under 18: 40
Percent married: 51
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 17
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 154
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,088,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,813
Median household income: $115,198
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 88

Parkside

Population: 22,855
Average household size: 2.8
Percentage of families with children under 18: 38
Percent married: 45
Violent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 26
Nonviolent crimes, Sept.-Dec.*: 213
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $688,750
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,874
Median household income: $80,832
Percentage of households within half-mile of supermarket: 80

Bayview

Population: 31,832
Average household size: 3.4
Percentage of families with children under 18: 55
Percent married: 34
Violent crimes*: 216
Nonviolent crimes*: 658
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $385,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,657
Median household income: $46,323
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 63

Bernal Heights

Population: 25,309
Average household size: 2.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 47
Percent married: 34
Violent crimes*: 57
Nonviolent crimes*: 161
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $711,500
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,418
Median household income: $78,369
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 95

Civic Center

Population: 37,192
Average household size: 1.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 38
Percent married: 20
Violent crimes*: 569
Nonviolent crimes*: 2585
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $483,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,456
Median household income: $30,155
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Chinatown

Population: 4,087
Average household size: 2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 26
Percent married: 44
Violent crimes*: Part of Financial District statistics
Nonviolent crimes*: Part of Financial District statistics
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $675,000
Median household income: $17,411
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Crocker Amazon

Population: 11,238
Average household size: 3.9
Percentage of families with children under 18: 47
Percent married: 46
Violent crimes*: 8
Nonviolent crimes*: 60
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $474,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: N/A
Median household income: $62,762
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 55

Diamond Heights

Population: 4,810
Average household size: 2.1
Percentage of families with children under 18: 36
Percent married: 39
Violent crimes*: 3
Nonviolent crimes*: 14
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $711,250
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,325
Median household income: $79,411
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Excelsior

Population: 33,795
Average household size: 3.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 45
Percent married: 43
Violent crimes*: 118
Nonviolent crimes*: 245
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $500,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,837
Median household income: $65,416
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 67

Financial District

Population: 6,025
Average household size: 1.4
Percentage of families with children under 18: 30
Percent married: 30
Violent crimes*: 209* (Includes Chinatown)
Nonviolent crimes*: 1,105* (Includes Chinatown)
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $710,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,748
Median household income: $19,839
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Glen Park

Population: 4,524
Average household size: 2.1
Percentage of families with children under 18: 47
Percent married: 38
Violent crimes*: 5
Nonviolent crimes*: 43
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $849,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,275
Median household income: $102,707
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Lakeshore

Population: 18,284
Average household size: 2.2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 37
Percent married: 37
Violent crimes*: 12
Nonviolent crimes*: 122
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $900,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,739
Median household income: $66,861
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 56

Ocean View

Population: 23,726
Average household size: 3.2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 43
Percent married: 44
Violent crimes*: 60
Nonviolent crimes*: 215
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $394,234
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $1,903
Median household income: $70,499
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 58

Outer Mission

Population: 22,528
Average household size: 3.2
Percentage of families with children under 18: 43
Percent married: 41
Violent crimes*: 38
Nonviolent crimes*: 235
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $497,300
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: N/A
Median household income: $80,312
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Potrero Hill

Population: 10,376
Average household size: 1.8
Percentage of families with children under 18: 49
Percent married: 29
Violent crimes*: 60
Nonviolent crimes*: 220
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $627,250
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,659
Median household income: $89,999
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 92

Presidio

Population: 2,432
Average household size: 2.7
Percentage of families with children under 18: 53
Percent married: 31
Violent crimes*: N/A
Nonviolent crimes*: N/A
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: N/A
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,585
Median household income: $87,916
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 0

Presidio Heights

Population: 8,028
Average household size: 1.9
Percentage of families with children under 18: 34
Percent married: 39
Violent crimes*: 3
Nonviolent crimes*: 25
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,065,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,837
Median household income: $103,073
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Seacliff

Population: 3,241
Average household size: 2.1
Percentage of families with children under 18: 36
Percent married: 8
Violent crimes*: 0
Nonviolent crimes*: 4
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $1,539,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,585
Median household income: $124,999
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 73

South of Market

Population: 23,260
Average household size: 1.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 29
Percent married: 22
Violent crimes*: 235
Nonviolent crimes*: 1312
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: N/A
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $3,748
Median household income: $43,195
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

Treasure Island

Population: 1,340
Average household size: 2.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 67
Percent married: 18
Violent crimes*: N/A
Nonviolent crimes*: N/A
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: N/A
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: N/A
Median household income: $99,843
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 0

Twin Peaks

Population: 7,387
Average household size: 1.6
Percentage of families with children under 18: 27
Percent married: 21
Violent crimes*: 5
Nonviolent crimes*: 26
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $885,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,325
Median household income: $90,108
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 55

Visitacion Valley

Population: 22,698
Average household size: 3.8
Percentage of families with children under 18: 50
Percent married: 39
Violent crimes*: 64
Nonviolent crimes*: 162
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $430,000
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: N/A
Median household income: $65,657
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 59

Western Addition

Population: 47,063
Average household size: 1.8
Percentage of families with children under 18: 37
Percent married: 19
Violent crimes*: 119
Nonviolent crimes*: 364
Median sales price, Sept.-Nov.*: $491,250
Average rent for two-bedroom apartment*: $2,507
Median household income: $56,354
Percentage of households within half-mile of a supermarket: 100

* Neighborhoods are not exact geographic matches with neighborhood definitions used by other sources

Sources: San Francisco Department of Public Health; 2000 U.S. census; San Francisco Police Department CrimeMAPS; Trulia Real Estate Search; averagerent.com.; San Francisco Department of Public Health

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