THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In San Francisco For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in San Francisco that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in San Francisco.
Worst Neighborhoods In San Francisco

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.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in San Francisco according to data:

  1. Bayview
  2. Visitacion Valley
  3. Lakeshore
  4. Downtown
  5. Chinatown
  6. Potrero Hill
  7. Excelsior
  8. Outer Mission
  9. Mission
  10. Crocker Amazon

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