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 education.

San Francisco Bay Area is one of the top ten city matches for 8.3% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
261/264
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Large apartment$4508.40
Medium apartment$3560.58
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2612.77

Cost of Living

2
241/250
Details
5km taxi ride$8.50
A Cappuccino$4.60
A beer$2.40
A kilogram of Apples$5.50
Bread$2.70
Inflation [score]0.19
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$71.00
Monthly public transport$85.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$91.99

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 members402215
Number of investors7325
Number of startup events in the last 12 months9967
Number of upcoming meetup events371
Startup climate scene [score]0.96
Startup events1006
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups9985

Venture Capital

10
1/226
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Funding accelerator namesY Combinator, 500startups, The Alchemist Accelerator
Number of funding accelerators27
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

4
107/265
Details
Airport hub111
Airport hub [score]0.51
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.21

Commute

5
123/247
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/San_Francisco
Traffic handling [score]0.61

Business Freedom

9
67/263
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
204/264
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
175/264
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Healthcare expenditure [score]0.29
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
3/238
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

6
137/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.76
Cleanliness [score]0.56
Drinking water quality [score]0.58
Urban greenery [score]0.68

Economy

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

Taxation

5
142/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.38
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
53/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)63.74
Internet access (download) [score]0.85
Internet access (upload) [score]0.46
Upload speed (Mbps)10.78

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
42/265
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]0.58

Outdoors

7
11/264
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.41
Median peak in meters1194.50
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 250 Teleport cities and the 8th 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)

$2,272$2,954
$2613
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$71
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$85
Lunch$16
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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 2nd 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)

$112,293
Median salary
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