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 for 2018:
- Twin Peaks (Homes)
- Pacific Heights (Homes)
- West Of Twin Peaks (Homes)
- Marina (Homes)
- Diamond Heights (Homes)
- Inner Sunset (Homes)
- Seacliff (Homes)
- Potrero Hill (Homes)
- Noe Valley (Homes)
- Russian Hill (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Francisco that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in San Francisco.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in San Francisco for 2018?
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, Twin Peaks.
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.
1. Twin Peaks
Median Income: $116,429
Median Home Value: $886,950
2. Pacific Heights
Median Income: $131,642
Median Home Value: $977,011
3. West Of Twin Peaks
Median Income: $133,392
Median Home Value: $889,272
Median Income: $120,487
Median Home Value: $951,696
5. Diamond Heights
Median Income: $111,381
Median Home Value: $764,167
6. Inner Sunset
Median Income: $97,266
Median Home Value: $903,045
Median Income: $128,935
Median Home Value: $868,140
8. Potrero Hill
Median Income: $139,808
Median Home Value: $732,264
9. Noe Valley
Median Income: $116,016
Median Home Value: $957,814
10. Russian Hill
Median Income: $84,534
Median Home Value: $799,447
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:
- Visitacion Valley
- Crocker Amazon
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco
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|26||South Of Market||33,343|