These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Francisco are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown San Francisco, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all San Francisco neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in San Francisco are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in San Francisco:

  1. Pacific Heights
  2. Noe Valley
  3. Haight-Ashbury
  4. Russian Hill
  5. Inner Sunset
  6. Inner Richmond
  7. Twin Peaks
  8. Marina
  9. Presidio Heights
  10. Castro-Upper Market

Read on to see how we determined the places around San Francisco that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in San Francisco?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in San Francisco, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In San Francisco.” We’re lookin’ at you, Pacific Heights.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places San Francisco has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Pacific Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,361
Median Home Price: $966,464
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

2. Noe Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,157
Median Home Price: $946,201
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

3. Haight-Ashbury

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,304
Median Home Price: $899,485
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

4. Russian Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,998
Median Home Price: $889,085
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

5. Inner Sunset

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,812
Median Home Price: $866,935
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

6. Inner Richmond

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,782
Median Home Price: $928,444
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

7. Twin Peaks

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,205
Median Home Price: $879,090
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

8. Marina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,328
Median Home Price: $883,410
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

9. Presidio Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,056
Median Home Price: $953,219
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

10. Castro-Upper Market

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,363
Median Home Price: $881,859
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,439
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of San Francisco

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in San Francisco where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in San Francisco:

  1. Bayview
  2. Visitacion Valley
  3. Crocker Amazon

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Pacific Heights 1 19,361 $966,464 2,439 3.8%
Noe Valley 2 20,157 $946,201 2,439 4.5%
Haight-Ashbury 3 22,304 $899,485 2,439 5.2%
Russian Hill 4 17,998 $889,085 2,439 5.0%
Inner Sunset 5 26,812 $866,935 2,439 3.0%
Inner Richmond 6 36,782 $928,444 2,439 5.0%
Twin Peaks 7 7,205 $879,090 2,439 4.3%
Marina 8 20,328 $883,410 2,439 5.4%
Presidio Heights 9 8,056 $953,219 2,439 5.7%
Castro-Upper Market 10 21,363 $881,859 2,439 5.4%
West Of Twin Peaks 11 20,195 $879,372 2,439 5.2%
Glen Park 12 6,397 $848,767 2,439 4.9%
Seacliff 13 1,278 $842,760 2,439 4.7%
Outer Richmond 14 36,623 $862,117 2,550 4.7%
Lakeshore 15 21,663 $879,847 2,439 5.0%
Diamond Heights 16 2,205 $712,833 2,439 4.3%
Nob Hill 17 22,138 $759,483 2,697 5.0%
Western Addition 18 48,879 $718,856 2,919 4.8%
North Beach 19 11,188 $815,167 2,439 5.1%
Bernal Heights 20 28,267 $741,585 3,354 5.3%
Potrero Hill 21 11,970 $796,700 2,439 6.0%
Financial District 22 6,610 $884,580 2,439 6.4%
South Of Market 23 30,948 $641,872 3,241 4.2%
Chinatown 24 9,648 $879,463 3,166 7.2%
Mission 25 53,080 $708,381 3,814 5.4%
Outer Sunset 26 48,121 $714,781 4,234 5.1%
Parkside 27 26,421 $757,167 3,734 5.8%
Downtown 28 36,265 $655,579 5,109 6.3%
Outer Mission 29 28,922 $638,990 5,171 5.9%
Ocean View 30 28,745 $631,191 5,209 7.9%
Excelsior 31 35,467 $598,716 5,727 5.8%
Crocker Amazon 32 12,056 $558,112 6,313 8.2%
Visitacion Valley 33 23,393 $532,076 6,717 8.4%
Bayview 34 34,218 $486,052 6,716 10.2%

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