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 10.1 percent of San Francisco residents were in poverty in 2016. The charts below show poverty status by age, race ,and sex. Use the filters above the chart to change what is displayed.
How San Francisco is Performing
According to the American Communities Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates for 2007 through 2016, 10.1 percent of San Franciscans were in poverty in 2016. This poverty rate is down from 12.3 percent in 2015. An estimated 9 percent of children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 12 percent of people 65 years old and over. Women still experience poverty at a higher than men, on average, though that gap has been shrinking. Poverty in San Francisco also shows disparities across race, with Black and African American residents experiencing poverty at nearly three times the average rate.
Learn more about San Francisco's residents including demographics, income distribution, housing stats, and more.
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).
Learn more about how the ACS calculates poverty levels on its website.
The number displayed on the scorecard page represents the 2016 total population value in the charts above.
Still looking for the right information? Try these other resources to learn more:
- Learn about San Francisco demographics and how we compare to other cities using our Benchmarking dashbaords.
- View information about other community indicators in the ACS Narrative Profiles.
- Learn more about Census poverty calculations.
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