These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out the best places in California overall or the worst neighborhoods in San Francisco.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Twin Peaks

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

2. Pacific Heights

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

3. West Of Twin Peaks

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

4. Marina

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

5. Diamond Heights

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

6. Inner Sunset

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

7. Seacliff

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

8. Potrero Hill

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

9. Noe Valley

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

10. Russian Hill

Population: 17,292
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:

  1. Visitacion Valley
  2. Crocker Amazon
  3. Excelsior

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Francisco

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

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