San Francisco Population 2024

San Francisco population

San Francisco is a city of state California. It is fourth largest city by population in California with population over 900,000 that accounts for 2.2% of the state population. In terms of density, the city is also It is the most densely populated major city in California and the second most densely populated major city in the United States, only after New York City.

Based on our research, San Francisco population will reach 940,018 by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.09% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of San Francisco

Looking back last twelve years of San Francisco’s population, the growth rate is slow but consistent ranging from 0.70% to 1.63%, adding around 6,070 to 13,286 people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to San Francisco to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other cities in California, San Francisco growth rate is above the state average. Last two years’ growth is aligned with the state average.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 816,231 n/a
2012 829,517 1.63%
2013 840,715 1.35%
2014 852,537 1.41%
2015 864,816 1.44%
2016 870,887 0.70%
2017 878,887 0.92%
2018 889,092 1.16%
2019 900,022 1.23%
2020 906,412 0.71%
2021 915,683 1.02%
2022 922,650 0.76%
2023 929,860 0.78%

Demographics of San Francisco

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of the San Francisco population is male and 50.8 percent are female. Average age of a San Francisco resident is 38.5 years old, with 9.6 percent of its residents under the age of 24 and only 13.6 percent age 65 and over.

The race distribution in San Francisco are: White (48.5%), Hispanic (15.1%), Asian (33.3%), Black (6.1%), American Indian (0.5%), Other(6.6%).

San Francisco is a multicultural city. 54.58% of San Francisco residents aged five and older spoke only English at home. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in San Francisco are: Spanish (11.68%), Chinese (18.6%), Tagalog (3.42%), Russian (1.86%) and Vietnamese (1.45). As you can see Chinese dominate the non-English speaking Language due to large number of immigrants came to San Francisco during Gold Rush period.

In terms of resident wealth, San Francisco ranks third of American cities in median household income. Median family income is $81,136. The city’s poverty rate is 12%, which lower than the national average. The homeless population is estimated to be 13,500 with 6,500 living on the streets.

Population Density of San Francisco

n Francisco’s population density is 7,170 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most densely populated major cities in America

Facts About San Francisco

  1. The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.
  2. San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.
  3. Business was so good, the city constructed the Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge during the Depression.
  4. The first bubonic plague epidemic in the continental US broke out in SF’s Chinatown in 1900.
  5. On January 24, 1848, the first gold was found at Sutter’s Fort, in the California foothills. Within months, San Francisco (renamed from Yerba Buena in 1847) became the central port and depot of the frenzied Gold Rush.
  6. San Francisco has maintained its reputation as a center of cultural bohemianism.
  7. SF has the second largest Chinatown outside of Asia. It’s also the oldest in North America.
  8. The city also has the largest and oldest Japan town in the United States. It’s also one of only three Japan town’s still that remain in the US.


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