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Household Income City State City Compared to State Less than $10,000 9.8% 8.4% +1.4% $10,000 to $14,999 5.0% 5.6% -0.6% $15,000 to $19,999 4.2% 5.6% -1.4% $20,000 to $24,999 4.3% 5.8% -1.5% $25,000 to $29,999 4.4% 5.7% -1.3% $30,000 to $34,999 4.6% 5.7% -1.1% $35,000 to $39,999 4.5% 5.4% -0.9% $40,000 to $44,999 4.7% 5.2% -0.5% $45,000 to $49,999 4.1% 4.6% -0.5% $50,000 to $59,999 7.6% 8.6% -1.0% $60,000 to $74,999 10.1% 10.6% -0.5% $75,000 to $99,999 12.1% 11.5% +0.6% $100,000 to $124,999 8.3% 6.8% +1.5% $125,000 to $149,999 4.9% 3.6% +1.3% $150,000 to $199,999 5.3% 3.3% +2.0% $200,000 or more 6.1% 3.6% +2.5%
Cost of Living
Share of Household Income Spent on Rent City State City Compared to State Less than 10.0% 8.3% 4.8% +3.5% 10.0% to 14.9% 12.6% 9.8% +2.8% 15.0% to 19.9% 15.3% 13.6% +1.7% 20.0% to 24.9% 12.9% 13.1% -0.2% 25.0% to 29.9% 11.0% 11.0% +0.0% 30.0% to 34.9% 7.6% 8.2% -0.6% 35.0% to 39.9% 5.3% 5.9% -0.6% 40.0% to 49.9% 6.5% 8.0% -1.5% 50.0% or more 16.4% 20.2% -3.8% Not computed 4.2% 5.4% -1.2%
Age Demographic of Renters
Age Demographic of Renters City State City Compared to State 15 to 24 years 6.3% 9.6% -3.3% 25 to 34 years 32.3% 29.3% +3.0% 35 to 44 years 22.2% 25.8% -3.6% 45 to 54 years 16.0% 16.5% -0.5% 55 to 64 years 8.9% 8.0% +0.9% 65 to 74 years 7.2% 5.3% +1.9% 75 to 84 years 5.3% 4.0% +1.3% 85 years and over 1.9% 1.6% +0.3%
Travel Time to Work
Travel Time to Work City State City Compared to State Less than 30 minutes 25.6% 30.9% -5.3% 30 to 44 minutes 29.0% 24.5% +4.5% 45 to 59 minutes 17.1% 13.8% +3.3% 60 or more minutes 28.3% 30.8% -2.5%
Source: 2000 Census
There's a good reason that the flag of San Francisco shows a rising phoenix. This beautiful city has come back from near ashes several times. While it can be said that San Francisco was born of the gold rush, it was nature who tried to kill it and failed.
It has survived and rebuilt from earthquakes in both 1906 and 1989 each time becoming even better than before.The gold rush facilitated one of the fastest growing cities anywhere. In the mid-1800s the population went from 400 to 25,000 in just about a year. The riches made in gold were spent in this city, and in turn San Francisco used it to create a rich cultural, economic and architectural environment.
It's liberal, it's intelligent, it's beautiful, and it's amazing. Today, San Francisco's economy is solidly based in banking, technology, and remains a busy port of entry. It is a city of Victorian homes side by side with contemporary architecture, and a population constantly accepting of change.
The landscape of the city is one of hills (there are 50 of them) and waterfront areas, and when you start looking for your San Francisco apartment, you are likely to face almost too many choices. Whether you opt for living near downtown on Nob Hill, Russian Hill, or in North Beach areas or choose the hipper Valencia Street, Haight-Ashbury or Marina areas, you will find an enormous amount of diversity in each. Public transportation is excellent, parking is at a premium and 40,000 people ride their bicycles to work every day.
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Living in the city also offers great diversity and vibrancy in things to do. There are, of course, great areas along the water and more than 200 parks which range from neighborhood gems to the great Golden Gate Park. There is an international character about the city from its many performing arts venues to museums to the mixed use streets like Union or 24th Street in Noe Valley.
The San Francisco Opera and Ballet are both world renown, and who could miss The Fillmore with its eclectic concerts. Art lovers will find numerous museums and should spend time exploring The Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Museum of Modern Art amongst others. Your San Francisco apartment will provide a great home base from which to explore this great city.
Eating out is an epicurean delight. With its strong Asian influence, some of the best Chinese, Japanese and Thai food is found here. You'll find different regions of these cuisines well represented too. Then there's California cuisine which is a world of its own. More or less invented across the bay in Berkeley by Alice Waters, restaurants like Aqua and Boulevard have taken it to other levels.
You'll want to check out the Mexican restaurants in the Mission District and the great seafood places near Fisherman's Wharf. Get started as soon as you're settled in your San Francisco apartment. It could take years just to touch the surface of the list of great restaurants here.
A Variety of Vibes
Nightlife in the city is a scene, and where you go depends on what scene you like. Young professionals tend to like bars in the Marina area while both aging and young hippies still gravitate to the Haight at night. North Beach has good dance clubs as well as strip clubs. Electronic music lovers will want to explore the SOMA district. There's just about every kind of vibe imaginable and part of the fun will be finding the ones you like best.
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What neighborhoods in San Francisco are good for eating out?
San Francisco is chock-full of fabulous eating establishments. Known as "El Corazon de la Misione", the Mission: 24th Street district is a historic, tree-lined neighborhood with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. With their own homemade tortilla chips and salsa and slow-roasted pork, Casa Sanchez is a Mission favorite, serving up scrumptious Mexican classics like burritos and enchiladas. North Beach is commonly referred to as San Francisco's "Little Italy" with a plethora of Italian ristorantes, cafes, and delicatessens. Enjoy the candlelit ambience and mouth-watering dinner souffles of Cafe Jacqueline, located in North Beach. Choose from asparagus, spinach, or lobster, each with a cheese base, and don't forget to order one of their heavenly sugar-dusted souffles for dessert!
where is the best place to live in san francisco, california for a family of 5?
Families live all over San Francisco, though the quieter neighborhoods include Pacific Heights, Noe Valley, the Marina, the Richmond, the Sunset and Cole Valley. Avoid the Tenderloin, the Haight and Western Addition.
What are the safest neighborhoods in San Francisco for families to get an apartment?
There are several nice and secure neighborhoods for families such as the Richmond, the Sunset, Noe Valley, and Pacific Heights. Especially, according to crime rates, outer Richmond and bottom of the Sunset are the safest areas in San Francisco. Both the Sunset and Richmond are on the west side of the city, and border Golden Gate Park
My husband and I are relocating to the Bay Area in Aug. Want to live in a safe neighborhood close to BART because we will only have 1 car. Is the Panhandle viable for safety and decent rents?
The Panhandle is kind of far from the closest BART stations, though you could take a bus to the BART, which would take about 20 minutes. The panhandle is a really safe area to live, it is close to Golden Gate Park, the Upper Haight and the Alamo Sqaure district. There are many eucalyptus trees around there so it smells good, too. That area is getting to the western part of the city and away from BART. Some other safe areas near BART would be Noe Valley, the Castro, and parts of the Mission, such as on Dolores Street.
How is the public transportation system in San Francisco?
Excellent. San Francisco is served by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The mix of buses, MUNI (the subway system), and BART (the commuter rail)--and even trolleys and cable cars--can get you virtually anywhere in the city you need to go. The only catch is that you might need to wait some time if your trip requires a transfer. The easiest way to determine the best route to get from Point A to Point B is by visiting transit.511.org and typing in your starting point and destination.
What's a good neighborhood for families in San Francisco?
Noe Valley is a good neighborhood for families in San Francisco. With quaint shops and restaurants along 24th St, Noe Valley's main drag, there's certainly enough to do when taking a stroll, but there are many quiet residential areas tucked away on side streets. With many other families also living in this neighborhood, its community-centric mentality makes for a solid family atmosphere with plenty of playmates for your children. Located between Twin Peaks and Bernal Heights and not too far from Golden Gate Park, this area is also conducive to playing outdoors with kids. The Noe Valley Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.
what are the best neighborhoods for a young professional woman working in the financial district to live in
Popular neighborhoods that offer an easy commute to the Financial District, in order of proximity to downtown, are Nob and Russian Hills, North Beach, the Mission, SOMA, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Alamo Square and the Marina. All those neighborhoods have bus lines running through them regularly and all have younger renters and active nightlifes. Nob and Russian Hill are a bit quieter and rely on Polk street for commerce, North Beach can be touristy and crowded, but it is easy to walk downtown and there is plenty to do after work, the Mission is a trendy neighborhood with a lively nightlife, SOMA is less of a neighborhood and more of an area with big apartment complexes and Hayes Valley, the Lower Haight and Alamo Square are all a bit west of downtown, but are very popular places to live.
Are there local sporting events in San Francisco?
Yes. In fact, San Francisco is home to several professional and collegiate sports teams. On the professional level, the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL play at Candlestick Park, and MLB's San Francisco Giants play at AT&T Park, which opened in 2000. San Francisco's sports teams of various universities also enjoy a large fan base, including the University of San Francisco Dons, the San Francisco State Gators, and the Academy of Art University Urban Knights. Nearby Oakland is also home to various professional teams, including the Oakland Athletics of the MLB, the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, and the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
Does San Francisco have a good school system?
San Francisco has quite a good school system relative to the rest of the state, but it is sub par when compared to the rest of the country. Public education is provided by the San Francisco Unified School District. With 118 schools serving over 55,000 students, this district was rated better than 63.4 percent of school districts in California, but only 35.6 percent of school districts in the United States. There are, however, many private schools in the area.
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