The 10 Best San Francisco, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in San Francisco.
Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco

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 2019:

  1. Pacific Heights (Homes)
  2. Noe Valley (Homes)
  3. Inner Sunset (Homes)
  4. Seacliff (Homes)
  5. Marina (Homes)
  6. Outer Richmond (Homes)
  7. Haight-Ashbury (Homes)
  8. West Of Twin Peaks (Homes)
  9. Presidio Heights (Homes)
  10. Russian Hill (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in San Francisco for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Pacific Heights looks to be the best San Francisco neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best San Francisco hoods in 2019

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 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, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Pacific Heights San Francisco, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,716
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,550,042 (1st best)
Median Income: $147,213 (3rd best)
More on Pacific Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Pacific Heights is an affluent neighborhood of San Francisco, California, which is known for the notable people who reside in the area. It is located in one of the most scenic and park-like settings in northern California, offering panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the Presidio. Its location provides a temperate micro-climate that is clearer, but not always warmer, than many other areas in San Francisco.

Noe Valley San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,074
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $1,219,727 (6th best)
Median Income: $133,927 (6th best)
More on Noe Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Noe Valley is an affluent neighborhood in the central part of San Francisco, California.

Inner Sunset San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,720
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $1,007,320 (14th best)
Median Income: $112,050 (12th best)
More on Inner Sunset: Homes For Sale | Data

The Inner Sunset is bordered by Lincoln Way to the north, Arguello Boulevard to the east, Quintara Street to the south, and 22nd Avenue to the west. This far-east section of the Sunset is located just west of Mount Sutro. The main commercial area is along Irving Street from 5th Avenue to 12th Avenue, which is dotted with a variety of restaurants and shops.

Seacliff San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,429
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $1,346,400 (4th best)
Median Income: $134,269 (5th best)
More on Seacliff: Homes For Sale | Data

Sea Cliff is a neighborhood in northwestern San Francisco, California. It is known for its large houses and ocean views. Sea Cliff is one of eight master-planned residence parks in San Francisco; its master plan was developed by landscape architect Mark Daniels.

Marina San Francisco, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,358
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $1,454,491 (3rd best)
Median Income: $129,602 (7th best)
More on Marina: Homes For Sale | Data

The Marina District is a neighborhood located in San Francisco, California. The neighborhood sits on the site of the 1915 PanamaPacific International Exposition, staged after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to celebrate the reemergence of the city. Aside from the Palace of Fine Arts, all other buildings were demolished to make the current neighborhood. The Marina currently has the highest non-Hispanic white resident percentage of any recognized neighborhood in San Francisco.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 36,055
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $1,024,713 (13th best)
Median Income: $88,321 (23rd best)
More on Outer Richmond: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,717
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $1,251,521 (5th best)
Median Income: $129,402 (8th best)
More on Haight-Ashbury: Homes For Sale | Data

West Of Twin Peaks San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,375
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $1,095,080 (8th best)
Median Income: $153,714 (2nd best)
More on West Of Twin Peaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,734
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $1,506,982 (2nd best)
Median Income: $137,831 (4th best)
More on Presidio Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Russian Hill San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,133
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,025,593 (12th best)
Median Income: $100,085 (18th best)
More on Russian Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Russian Hill is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, in the United States. It is named after one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Francisco aren’t all good. Bayview takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in San Francisco.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In San Francisco For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Pacific Heights 19,716 $1,550,042 $147,213
2 Noe Valley 21,074 $1,219,727 $133,927
3 Inner Sunset 27,720 $1,007,320 $112,050
4 Seacliff 1,429 $1,346,400 $134,269
5 Marina 22,358 $1,454,491 $129,602
6 Outer Richmond 36,055 $1,024,713 $88,321
7 Haight-Ashbury 23,717 $1,251,521 $129,402
8 West Of Twin Peaks 21,375 $1,095,080 $153,714
9 Presidio Heights 8,734 $1,506,982 $137,831
10 Russian Hill 17,133 $1,025,593 $100,085
11 Nob Hill 21,931 $924,939 $79,561
12 Twin Peaks 7,538 $1,073,870 $125,742
13 Inner Richmond 38,842 $1,216,510 $98,249
14 Glen Park 6,919 $1,039,022 $112,125
15 Outer Sunset 50,788 $833,912 $97,155
16 Castro-Upper Market 21,884 $1,067,308 $127,427
17 Bernal Heights 28,638 $866,685 $109,995
18 North Beach 11,601 $930,373 $83,033
19 Western Addition 52,616 $798,807 $88,050
20 Ocean View 30,618 $678,568 $78,895
21 South Of Market 35,386 $524,714 $101,937
22 Diamond Heights 2,239 $973,900 $111,872
23 Financial District 6,974 $654,150 $101,601
24 Crocker Amazon 11,751 $625,375 $66,706
25 Parkside 27,661 $854,611 $92,322
26 Mission 56,009 $867,014 $97,270
27 Outer Mission 29,799 $704,303 $86,739
28 Excelsior 37,796 $646,360 $74,182
29 Potrero Hill 13,448 $852,064 $162,259
30 Chinatown 10,136 $557,736 $35,896
31 Downtown 39,932 $278,081 $43,555
32 Lakeshore 22,014 $745,567 $100,506
33 Visitacion Valley 24,607 $541,511 $62,162
34 Bayview 35,739 $567,431 $63,752

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