Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Community Highlights For San Francisco

[Survey Highlights (2.74 mb PDF)]

Sponsor: 
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Media Contact:
Herb Castillo
One Lombard St., Ste 305
Phone: (415) 398-4474
Email: herb@haassr.org

Sample size:  
500

Survey Area:
The city/county of San Francisco 

Community Type:
Urban

Population:
792, 049

California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit. December 1998
(population projections for July 1, 2000)

Ethnicity:

White   41%
Black   10%
Asian   33%
Hispanic  16%
Other

1997, California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit. Race/Ethnic Population Estimates: Components of Change for California Counties, April 1990-July 1997.

Age:
0-17       153,058 (19.3%)
18-34     162,432 (20.5%)
35-49     228,752 (28.9%)
50-64     129,260 (16.3%)
65+         118,546 (15.0%)

California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit. December 1998
(population projections for July 1, 2000)

Additional Information: 

  • 9 languages other than English are spoken by at least 1% of the English-learning students in the city’s schools (California Department of Education, 1999-00);
  • Median per capita income is $40,357 (Census Bureau, 1997), 2cd highest among California’s 58 counties.
  • The poverty rate is 12% and children’s poverty rate is 21% (Census Bureau, 1996), unusually high for a wealthy county, in part due to the extremely high cost of housing.

Why did you choose the particular survey area?

The Walter and Elise Haas Fund’s geographic scope is the city of San Francisco.