Poverty in San Francisco, California

What is the poverty rate in San Francisco, California?
The poverty rate in San Francisco is 11.7%. One out of every 8.6 residents of San Francisco lives in poverty.

How many people in San Francisco, California live in poverty?
99,096 of 850,547 San Francisco residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in San Francisco compare to the rest of California?
The Poverty Rate across the state of California is 15.1%, meaning San Francisco has a meaningfully lower than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of California.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical San Francisco, California Poverty Rate

San Francisco, California Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

12.5% 15.3%

2011

13.8% 9.0% 15.9%

2012

15.0% 8.0% 15.9%

2013

13.8% 8.0% 15.8%

2014

12.0% 14.0% 15.5%

2015

12.3% 2.0% 14.7%

2016

10.1% 21.0% 14.0%

2017

10.0% 1.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

44,249

31.8% 25.2% 5.1%

American Indian

3,238

13.9% 26.8% 0.4%

Asian

291,834

11.8% 11.9% 33.8%

Pacific Islander

3,171

20.6% 19.0% 0.4%

Other

63,195

15.4% 23.8% 7.3%

Two Or More Races

42,587

12.5% 18.4% 4.9%

White

348,389

7.9% 10.3% 40.3%

Hispanic

128,483

13.9% 22.2% 14.9%

What's the Poverty Rate in San Francisco, California By Race?

31.8% of Black residents of San Francisco, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in San Francisco, California is the same as than the national average. 14,068 of 44,249 black Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of San Francisco, California are black.

11.8% of Asian residents of San Francisco, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in San Francisco, California is the same as than the national average. 34,519 of 291,834 asian Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 33.8% of the total population of San Francisco, California are asian.

7.9% of White residents of San Francisco, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in San Francisco, California is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 27,613 of 348,389 white Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 40.3% of the total population of San Francisco, California are white.

13.9% of Hispanic residents of San Francisco, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in San Francisco, California is dramatically lower than the national average of 22.2%. 17,795 of 128,483 hispanic Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 14.9% of the total population of San Francisco, California are hispanic.

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in San Francisco, California?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in San Francisco, California is 10.7%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in San Francisco, California is 12.6%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of San Francisco, California

Female residents of San Francisco, California are moderately(17%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

46,675 of 434,652 males in San Francisco live below the poverty line.

52,421 of 415,895 females in San Francisco live below the poverty line.

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in San Francisco can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 20.3%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 9.8%.

Poverty for younger ages in San Francisco is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 9.8%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 10.9%.

Poverty for developing children and young adults in San Francisco can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 12.2%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 18.3%.

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 30.7%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in San Francisco, California have a Poverty Rate of 26.3%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in San Francisco, California?

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

9.2%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

11.6%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

14.1%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

11.2%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

11.9%

75 to 84 Years Old

14.7%

Over 85 Years Old

19.3%

San Francisco, California Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of San Francisco, California born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of San Francisco, California who were born citizens of the United States is 10.8%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of San Francisco, California who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 13.2%.

Poverty Rate for residents of San Francisco, California born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of San Francisco, California have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 552,570 residents of San Francisco, California who were born citizens of the United States, 59,836 (10.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 39,260 (13.2%) of 297,977 residents of San Francisco, California who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in San Francisco, California

The poverty rate in San Francisco is 11.7%.
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