Respondent Demographics & Family Composition

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2018 Child & Family Survey Respondent Demographics & Family Composition


Most survey respondents were female and college educated

Additionally, when asked to describe their sexuality, 91% identified as heterosexual, 3% as bisexual, and 1% as gay, lesbian, or same-gender-loving.

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Between 6% and 12% of respondents lived in each of the 11 supervisorial districts. The ethnicities of respondents generally reflected census figures related to San Francisco’s geography.

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Most families had two children or fewer

Half of all respondents (49%) had a child aged zero to five years old. While 78% of parents surveyed had a school-aged child, just 22% had teenagers aged 14 to 18.

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The survey found that most surveyed households in San Francisco comprised either three or four individuals living together, 32% and 38% respectively. Just 8% of respondents identified as living in one to two-person households,[1] and 19% of families were in households of five or more people.

While most families surveyed spoke English at home, Chinese and Spanish were also common

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[1] One-person households may include those in which the respondent is the parent or guardian of a child but lives alone some or all of the time.