San Francisco Bay Area

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 healthcare.

San Francisco Bay Area is one of the top ten city matches for 7.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
261/265
Details
Large apartment$4600.00
Medium apartment$3600.00
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2700.00

Cost of Living

2
241/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.70
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$5.00
Bread$2.40
Inflation [score]0.21
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$76.00
Monthly public transport$82.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$92.08

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 members401441
Number of investors7325
Number of startup events in the last 12 months10318
Number of upcoming meetup events386
Startup climate scene [score]0.96
Startup events1219
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups9988

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
104/265
Details
Airport hub111
Airport hub [score]0.51
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.23

Commute

5
140/251
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/San_Francisco
Traffic handling [score]0.55

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
211/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.46
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]0.67
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

9
88/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
3/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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

7
129/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.78
Cleanliness [score]0.56
Drinking water quality [score]0.58
Urban greenery [score]0.76

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
143/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.36
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
35/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)86.76
Internet access (download) [score]0.96
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.33

Leisure & Culture

9
8/264
Details
Art galleries379
Art galleries [score]0.99
Cinemas196
Cinemas [score]0.92
Comedy clubs228
Comedy clubs [score]0.98
Concert venues306
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites280
Historical sites [score]0.95
Museums280
Museums [score]0.93
Performing art venues302
Performing arts [score]0.98
Sport venues211
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos114
Zoos [score]0.99

Tolerance

8
91/265
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]0.59

Outdoors

7
11/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.40
Median peak in meters1191.00
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 250 Teleport cities and the 9th 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)

$2,300$3,000
$2700
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$76
Movie ticket$13
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$82
Lunch$14
-2%
compared to
New York City
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in San Francisco Bay Area are very high. For this job type, San Francisco Bay Area ranks 1st for salaries among 265 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)

$114,515
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very Low
2/8
Assault
Low
36/51
Theft
Moderate
31/49
Robbery
Moderate
32/41
Motor vehicle theft
Low
18/24

Crime rate development in the last 9 months

Change in the last 9 months

  • Assault-36%
  • Robbery1%
  • Theft-29%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.81
Guns per 100 people
7.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts San Francisco Bay Area in position 186 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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People in San Francisco Bay Area

Population of San Francisco Bay Area

10,094,500
346 /km²
227/264
Density (people per unit of area)
2%
Growth in 2015-2020
San Francisco Bay Area

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Software Engineer
15.81%
Founder
8.77%
Marketing Manager
4.87%
Product Manager
4.46%
Web Designer
3.97%
Web Developer
3.55%
UX Designer
2.44%
Other
56.13%

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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 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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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