Poverty in San Francisco
Poverty among residents of San Francisco is reported by the American Community Survey (ACS). Poverty statistics are calculated using a set of Census Bureau dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition (and age, for individuals living alone) to determine who is in poverty.
An estimated 13 percent of all San Francisco residents were in poverty in 2015. The charts below show poverty status by age and by race, respectively. Use the filters on the right side of the charts to select different races and ages.
SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS IN POVERTY BY AGE
SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS IN POVERTY BY RACE
How San Francisco is Performing
According to 2011-2015 ACS 5-year estimates, 13.2 percent of San Franciscans were in poverty in 2015. An estimated 12.7 percent of children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 14.4 percent of people 65 years old and over. An estimated 7.8 percent of all families had incomes below the poverty level, compared with 19.4 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present. Poverty in San Francisco also shows disparities across race, with Black and African American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander residents experiencing poverty at more than twice the average rate.
How Performance is Measured
The ACS is an ongoing survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau. If a family’s total income is less than the value of the appropriate threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. If an unrelated individual’s total income is less than the dollar value of the appropriate threshold, then that individual is considered to be in poverty. Poverty thresholds do not vary geographically, yet they are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living (inflation factor) using the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The number displayed on the scorecard page represents the 2014 total population value in the charts above.
- View information about other community indicators in the ACS Narrative Profiles.
- Learn more about Census poverty calculations.
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