San Francisco Bay Area

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Quality of life in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area, California, is among the leading cities with a higher number of accelerators or available funding. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in startups, business freedom and education.

San Francisco Bay Area is one of the top ten city matches for 9.1% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
260/263
Details
Large apartment$4296.90
Medium apartment$3509.65
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2722.39

Cost of Living

2
252/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.60
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$2.60
A kilogram of Apples$5.30
Bread$2.40
Inflation [score]0.22
Lunch$17.00
Monthly fitness club membership$83.00
Monthly public transport$84.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$91.20

Startups

10
1/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups272
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]1.00
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co134
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups199
Meetups members391285
Number of investors7325
Number of startup events in the last 12 months9459
Number of upcoming meetup events380
Startup climate scene [score]0.96
Startup events794
Startup events1044
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups10404

Venture Capital

10
1/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesY Combinator, 500startups, The Alchemist Accelerator
Number of funding accelerators27
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

4
106/260
Details
Airport hub111
Airport hub [score]0.51
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.21

Commute

5
122/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/San_Francisco
Traffic handling [score]0.65

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

6
205/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.48
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents68
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.79
Lack of guns [score]0.68
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

6
175/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.29
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
3/230
Details
Best university in rankingStanford University
Best university ranking3
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]1.00

Environmental Quality

6
140/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.78
Cleanliness [score]0.50
Drinking water quality [score]0.62
Urban greenery [score]0.68

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
142/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.37
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

8
12/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)63.95
Internet access (download) [score]0.86
Internet access (upload) [score]0.78
Upload speed (Mbps)23.80

Leisure & Culture

9
9/263
Details
Art galleries380
Art galleries [score]0.99
Cinemas196
Cinemas [score]0.92
Comedy clubs196
Comedy clubs [score]0.98
Concert venues276
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites280
Historical sites [score]0.95
Museums287
Museums [score]0.93
Performing art venues303
Performing arts [score]0.98
Sport venues187
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos114
Zoos [score]0.98

Tolerance

8
38/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.57

Outdoors

7
11/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.45
Median peak in meters1199.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)37.00
Water access [score]1.00
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Costs of living

Costs of living in San Francisco are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the second most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to San Francisco will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$3,043$3,976
$3510
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$83
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$84
Lunch$17
-3%
compared to
New York City
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Software Engineer salaries in San Francisco Bay Area are very high. For this job type, San Francisco Bay Area ranks 2nd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in San Francisco Bay Area.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$112,293
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very Low
3/11
Assault
Low
34/49
Theft
Moderate
32/47
Robbery
Moderate
34/43
Motor vehicle theft
Low
27/31

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-32%
  • Robbery-30%
  • Theft-49%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.63
Guns per 100 people
7.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts San Francisco Bay Area in position 185 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Great for

  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation

Not Great for

  • Nightlife
  • Parking

Who lives here

  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
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LGBT rights in San Francisco Bay Area

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

298

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from San Francisco Bay Area

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On living in San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area (referred to locally as the Bay Area) is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. The region encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.65 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. The combined statistical area of the region is the second-largest in California (after the Greater Los Angeles area), the fifth-largest in the United States, and the 43rd-largest urban area in the world.

The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) does not use the nine-county definition of the Bay Area. The OMB has designated a more extensive 12-county Combined Statistical Area (CSA) titled the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area which also includes the three counties of San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, and San Benito that do not border the San Francisco or San Pablo Bays, but are economically tied to the nine counties that do. The southernmost portion of Sacramento County has direct access to Suisun Bay, which lies immediately to the east of San Pablo Bay, but is not counted as one of the counties of the Bay Area.

The Bay Area has the second-most Fortune 500 Companies in the United States, and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area ranks second in highest density of college graduates, and performs above the state median household income in the 2010 census; it includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States. Based on a 2013 population report from the California Department of Finance, the Bay Area is the only region in California where the rate of people migrating in from other areas in the United States is greater than the rate of those leaving the region, led by Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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