San Francisco’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.
It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in San Francisco.
And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in San Francisco. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which San Francisco neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which San Francisco hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the San Francisco area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Pacific Heights ranks way above the rest.
We examined 34 of San Francisco’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to San Francisco’s reputation.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in San Francisco for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Bayview looks to be the worst neighborhood in San Francisco.
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Francisco that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Francisco For 2020
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $567,431 (5th worst)
Median Income: $63,752 (4th worst)
More on Bayview: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $541,511 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $62,162 (3rd worst)
More on Visitacion Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $745,567 (11th worst)
Median Income: $100,506 (18th worst)
More on Lakeshore: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $278,081 (1st worst)
Median Income: $43,555 (2nd worst)
More on Downtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $557,736 (4th worst)
Median Income: $35,896 (1st worst)
More on Chinatown: Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $852,064 (14th worst)
Median Income: $162,259 (34th worst)
More on Potrero Hill: Data
Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline, its proximity to many destination spots, its sunny weather, and having two freeways and a Caltrain station.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $646,360 (7th worst)
Median Income: $74,182 (6th worst)
More on Excelsior: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $704,303 (10th worst)
Median Income: $86,739 (10th worst)
More on Outer Mission: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $867,014 (17th worst)
Median Income: $97,270 (15th worst)
More on Mission: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $625,375 (6th worst)
Median Income: $66,706 (5th worst)
More on Crocker Amazon: Data
How we determined the worst San Francisco hoods in 2020
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in San Francisco:
- High unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High crime (Estimated)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in San Francisco, California for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.
The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of San Francisco.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around San Francisco to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 34 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.
The ‘hoods around San Francisco that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in San Francisco with Bayview landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Francisco aren’t all bad. Pacific Heights takes the cake as the best place to live in San Francisco.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In San Francisco For 2020?
|14||South Of Market||35,386|
|27||West Of Twin Peaks||21,375|