The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In San Francisco For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Francisco are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in San Francisco.
Safest Neighborhoods In San Francisco

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in San Francisco are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in San Francisco. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which San Francisco neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in San Francisco in 2020? That would be Inner Sunset. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in San Francisco.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all San Francisco neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest San Francisco Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in San Francisco.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In San Francisco.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Inner Sunset.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Francisco For 2020

Inner Sunset San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,720
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,319
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Inner Sunset comes in at 182 and the property crime per capita is 2,319 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,788
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 226
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,462
More on Outer Sunset: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Outer Sunset comes in at 226 and the property crime per capita is 1,462 for 2020.

Noe Valley San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,074
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 168
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,435
More on Noe Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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

The violent crime per 100K people in Noe Valley comes in at 168 and the property crime per capita is 2,435 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,751
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 287
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,133
More on Crocker Amazon: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Crocker Amazon comes in at 287 and the property crime per capita is 1,133 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 36,055
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 215
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,414
More on Outer Richmond: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Outer Richmond comes in at 215 and the property crime per capita is 2,414 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 30,618
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 288
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,687
More on Ocean View: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Ocean View comes in at 288 and the property crime per capita is 1,687 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,601
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 286
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,467
More on North Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Beach comes in at 286 and the property crime per capita is 2,467 for 2020.

Seacliff San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,429
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 286
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,467
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Seacliff comes in at 286 and the property crime per capita is 2,467 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,974
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 286
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,467
More on Financial District: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Financial District comes in at 286 and the property crime per capita is 2,467 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 38,842
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,983
More on Inner Richmond: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Inner Richmond comes in at 217 and the property crime per capita is 2,983 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In San Francisco

Looking at the data, you can tell that Inner Sunset is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Francisco For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Inner Sunset 2,501
2 Outer Sunset 1,688
3 Noe Valley 2,603
4 Crocker Amazon 1,420
5 Outer Richmond 2,629
6 Ocean View 1,975
7 North Beach 2,753
8 Seacliff 2,753
9 Financial District 2,753
10 Inner Richmond 3,200
11 Glen Park 3,216
12 Presidio Heights 3,594
13 Excelsior 2,828
14 Parkside 3,670
15 Twin Peaks 3,628
16 Visitacion Valley 3,022
17 West Of Twin Peaks 3,382
18 Pacific Heights 4,407
19 Outer Mission 3,437
20 Bernal Heights 3,592
21 Nob Hill 4,595
22 Diamond Heights 4,811
23 Lakeshore 5,044
24 South Of Market 4,941
25 Haight-Ashbury 5,476
26 Marina 7,251
27 Russian Hill 8,884
28 Chinatown 7,786
29 Bayview 7,743
30 Downtown 8,893
31 Western Addition 9,238
32 Castro-Upper Market 9,224
33 Potrero Hill 10,902
34 Mission 11,268

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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