These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco, CA For 2018


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

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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:

  1. Twin Peaks (Homes)
  2. Pacific Heights (Homes)
  3. West Of Twin Peaks (Homes)
  4. Marina (Homes)
  5. Diamond Heights (Homes)
  6. Inner Sunset (Homes)
  7. Seacliff (Homes)
  8. Potrero Hill (Homes)
  9. Noe Valley (Homes)
  10. 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.

If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out:

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

Twin Peaks San Francisco, CA

Population: 7,163
Median Income: $116,429
Median Home Value: $886,950

Twin Peaks refers to the hill summits near the center of San Francisco, south of Mount Sutro. For the neighborhood immediately to the west of Twin Peaks, see Midtown Terrace.
More on Twin Peaks: Real Estate | Data

2. Pacific Heights

Pacific Heights San Francisco, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,799
Median Income: $131,642
Median Home Value: $977,011

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.
More on Pacific Heights: Real Estate | Data

3. West Of Twin Peaks

West Of Twin Peaks San Francisco, CA

Population: 21,405
Median Income: $133,392
Median Home Value: $889,272

More on West Of Twin Peaks: Real Estate | Data

4. Marina

Marina San Francisco, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,882
Median Income: $120,487
Median Home Value: $951,696

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.
More on Marina: Real Estate | Data

5. Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights San Francisco, CA

Population: 2,390
Median Income: $111,381
Median Home Value: $764,167

Diamond Heights is a neighborhood in central San Francisco, California, roughly bordered by Diamond Heights Boulevard and Noe Valley to the north and east and Glen Canyon Park to the south and west.
More on Diamond Heights: Real Estate | Data

6. Inner Sunset

Inner Sunset San Francisco, CA

Population: 26,496
Median Income: $97,266
Median Home Value: $903,045

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.
More on Inner Sunset: Real Estate | Data

7. Seacliff

Seacliff San Francisco, CA

Population: 1,430
Median Income: $128,935
Median Home Value: $868,140

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.
More on Seacliff: Real Estate | Data

8. Potrero Hill

Potrero Hill San Francisco, CA

Population: 12,868
Median Income: $139,808
Median Home Value: $732,264

Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline, its proximity to many destination spots, its sunny weather, and having two freeways and a Caltrain station.
More on Potrero Hill: Real Estate | Data

9. Noe Valley

Noe Valley San Francisco, CA

Population: 20,157
Median Income: $116,016
Median Home Value: $957,814

Noe Valley is an affluent neighborhood in the central part of San Francisco, California.
More on Noe Valley: Real Estate | Data

10. Russian Hill

Russian Hill San Francisco, CA

Population: 17,292
Median Income: $84,534
Median Home Value: $799,447

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’.
More on Russian Hill: Real Estate | Data

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. Visitacion Valley
  2. Crocker Amazon
  3. Excelsior

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Twin Peaks 7,163 $886,950 2,461 3.2%
2 Pacific Heights 19,799 $977,011 2,461 3.6%
3 West Of Twin Peaks 21,405 $889,272 2,461 5.3%
4 Marina 21,882 $951,696 2,461 4.5%
5 Diamond Heights 2,390 $764,167 2,461 4.0%
6 Inner Sunset 26,496 $903,045 2,461 3.7%
7 Seacliff 1,430 $868,140 2,461 3.9%
8 Potrero Hill 12,868 $732,264 2,461 5.0%
9 Noe Valley 20,157 $957,814 2,461 4.5%
10 Russian Hill 17,292 $799,447 2,461 3.9%
11 Inner Richmond 37,078 $898,274 2,461 4.1%
12 Haight-Ashbury 23,451 $850,264 2,461 4.9%
13 Nob Hill 22,445 $763,095 2,461 3.0%
14 Outer Richmond 35,352 $869,457 2,461 3.8%
15 Castro-Upper Market 21,064 $887,071 2,461 4.7%
16 Presidio Heights 8,283 $959,482 2,461 5.1%
17 Financial District 6,813 $717,420 2,461 5.1%
18 Glen Park 6,910 $863,578 2,461 5.0%
19 Lakeshore 22,103 $627,072 4,298 5.9%
20 Western Addition 50,656 $671,327 3,143 4.6%
21 North Beach 11,622 $776,691 2,461 5.5%
22 Bernal Heights 27,989 $784,473 2,705 6.8%
23 Outer Sunset 48,499 $729,298 3,934 4.6%
24 Parkside 27,640 $769,352 3,493 4.9%
25 Mission 53,901 $707,238 3,467 6.0%
26 South Of Market 33,343 $502,496 4,243 4.1%
27 Chinatown 9,859 $451,455 6,574 4.5%
28 Bayview 35,508 $497,019 6,643 8.3%
29 Outer Mission 29,087 $642,500 5,026 6.4%
30 Downtown 38,728 $275,285 7,929 5.2%
31 Ocean View 29,651 $624,864 5,298 7.9%
32 Excelsior 37,279 $581,008 5,835 6.1%
33 Crocker Amazon 12,307 $558,850 6,255 9.3%
34 Visitacion Valley 23,482 $474,963 7,024 8.6%

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook: