South San Francisco, CA
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South San Francisco profile

Living in South San Francisco

South San Francisco is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 64,251 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, South San Francisco is the 140th largest community in California.

South San Francisco home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but South San Francisco real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities, South San Francisco isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in South San Francisco are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South San Francisco is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in South San Francisco who work in office and administrative support (16.15%), management occupations (9.59%), and sales jobs (9.30%).

Also of interest is that South San Francisco has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

South San Francisco is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In South San Francisco, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.21 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in South San Francisco is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For South San Francisco, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of South San Francisco citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.57% of adults in South San Francisco have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in South San Francisco in 2018 was $47,079, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $188,316 for a family of four. However, South San Francisco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South San Francisco is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South San Francisco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South San Francisco residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. South San Francisco also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South San Francisco include Irish, Italian, English, German, and European.

In addition, South San Francisco has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.75%).

The most common language spoken in South San Francisco is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.