These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Francisco For 2019


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 2019. 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 2019? 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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How we determined the worst San Francisco hoods in 2019

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.

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8
/10

Population: 35,739
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $567,431 (5th worst)
Median Income: $63,752 (4th worst)
More on Bayview:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 24,607
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $541,511 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $62,162 (3rd worst)
More on Visitacion Valley:  Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 22,014
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $745,567 (11th worst)
Median Income: $100,506 (18th worst)
More on Lakeshore:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 39,932
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $278,081 (1st worst)
Median Income: $43,555 (2nd worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 10,136
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $557,736 (4th worst)
Median Income: $35,896 (1st worst)
More on Chinatown:  Data

Potrero Hill San Francisco, CA

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8.5
/10

Population: 13,448
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.

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9.5
/10

Population: 37,796
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $646,360 (7th worst)
Median Income: $74,182 (6th worst)
More on Excelsior:  Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 29,799
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $704,303 (10th worst)
Median Income: $86,739 (10th worst)
More on Outer Mission:  Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 56,009
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $867,014 (17th worst)
Median Income: $97,270 (15th worst)
More on Mission:  Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 11,751
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $625,375 (6th worst)
Median Income: $66,706 (5th worst)
More on Crocker Amazon:  Data

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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In San Francisco For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Bayview 35,739 $567,431 $63,752
2 Visitacion Valley 24,607 $541,511 $62,162
3 Lakeshore 22,014 $745,567 $100,506
4 Downtown 39,932 $278,081 $43,555
5 Chinatown 10,136 $557,736 $35,896
6 Potrero Hill 13,448 $852,064 $162,259
7 Excelsior 37,796 $646,360 $74,182
8 Outer Mission 29,799 $704,303 $86,739
9 Mission 56,009 $867,014 $97,270
10 Crocker Amazon 11,751 $625,375 $66,706
11 Parkside 27,661 $854,611 $92,322
12 Financial District 6,974 $654,150 $101,601
13 Diamond Heights 2,239 $973,900 $111,872
14 South Of Market 35,386 $524,714 $101,937
15 Ocean View 30,618 $678,568 $78,895
16 Western Addition 52,616 $798,807 $88,050
17 North Beach 11,601 $930,373 $83,033
18 Bernal Heights 28,638 $866,685 $109,995
19 Castro-Upper Market 21,884 $1,067,308 $127,427
20 Outer Sunset 50,788 $833,912 $97,155
21 Glen Park 6,919 $1,039,022 $112,125
22 Inner Richmond 38,842 $1,216,510 $98,249
23 Twin Peaks 7,538 $1,073,870 $125,742
24 Nob Hill 21,931 $924,939 $79,561
25 Russian Hill 17,133 $1,025,593 $100,085
26 Presidio Heights 8,734 $1,506,982 $137,831
27 West Of Twin Peaks 21,375 $1,095,080 $153,714
28 Haight-Ashbury 23,717 $1,251,521 $129,402
29 Outer Richmond 36,055 $1,024,713 $88,321
30 Marina 22,358 $1,454,491 $129,602
31 Seacliff 1,429 $1,346,400 $134,269
32 Inner Sunset 27,720 $1,007,320 $112,050
33 Noe Valley 21,074 $1,219,727 $133,927
34 Pacific Heights 19,716 $1,550,042 $147,213

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