San Francisco County, CA

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Population

884,363

1.55% growth

Median Age

38.3


Median Household Income

$110,816

6.76% growth

Poverty Rate

11.7%


Number of Employees

534,557

4.54% growth

Median Property Value

$1.1M

7.82% growth

About

In 2017, San Francisco County, CA had a population of 884k people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $110,816. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of San Francisco County, CA grew from 870,887 to 884,363, a 1.55% increase and its median household income grew from $103,801 to $110,816, a 6.76% increase.

The population of San Francisco County, CA is 40.2% White Alone, 34.3% Asian Alone, and 15.2% Hispanic or Latino. 43.9% of the people in San Francisco County, CA speak a non-English language, and 86.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Francisco County, CA are San Francisco State University (7,039 degrees awarded in 2016), University of San Francisco (3,344 degrees), and City College of San Francisco (3,147 degrees).

The median property value in San Francisco County, CA is $1.1M, and the homeownership rate is 36.5%. Most people in San Francisco County, CA commute by Public Transit, and the average commute time is 31.4 minutes. The average car ownership in San Francisco County, CA is 1 car per household.

About the photo: View of the financial district from Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.

Economy

The economy of San Francisco County, CA employs 535k people. The largest industries in San Francisco County, CA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (116,096 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (60,226 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (48,326 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($121,032), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($109,750), and Finance & Insurance ($101,634).

Median household income in San Francisco County, CA is $110,816. Males in San Francisco County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in San Francisco County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$110,816

2017 value

± $3,045

6.76%

1 Year Growth

± 4.13%

Households in San Francisco County, CA have a median annual income of $110,816, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $103,801 in 2016, which represents a 6.76% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in San Francisco County, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in San Francisco County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of San Francisco County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in San Francisco County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for San Francisco County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 226

  2. Census Tract 213

  3. Census Tract 601

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Francisco County, CA was Census Tract 226 with a value of $176,875, followed by Census Tract 213 and Census Tract 601, with respective values of $171,184 and $164,179.

The following map shows all of the tracts in San Francisco County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Francisco County, CA (99.1k out of 851k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Asian

    34,519 ± 1,294

  2. White

    34,390 ± 1,358

  3. Hispanic

    17,795 ± 1,038

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Francisco County, CA is Asian, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

535k

2017 Value

± 12,761

4.54%

1 Year growth

± 3.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Francisco County, CA grew at a rate of 4.54%, from 511k employees to 535k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Francisco County, CA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (44,811 people), Software Developers & Programmers (28,976 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (21,417 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Francisco County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of San Francisco County, CA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (44,811 people), Software Developers & Programmers (28,976 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (21,417 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Francisco County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Software Developers & Programmers (3.83 times higher than expected), Art & Design Workers (3.62 times), and Architects, Surveyors, & Cartographers (3.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of San Francisco County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($151,114), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($121,983), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($110,918).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

535k

2017 Value

± 12,761

4.54%

1 Year growth

± 3.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Francisco County, CA grew at a rate of 4.54%, from 511k employees to 535k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Francisco County, CA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (116,096 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (60,226 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (48,326 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Francisco County, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Francisco County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in San Francisco County, CA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (116,096 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (60,226 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (48,326 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Francisco County, CA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.91 times higher than expected), Information (2.71 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in San Francisco County, CA, by median earnings, are Information ($121,032), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($109,750), and Finance & Insurance ($101,634).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.4% of the population of San Francisco County, CA has health coverage, with 57.5% on employee plans, 16.7% on Medicaid, 9.09% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 0.586% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of San Francisco County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in San Francisco County, CA see 631 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.473% decrease from the previous year (634 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 675 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 118 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

631 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in San Francisco County, CA see an average of 631 patients per year. This represents a 0.473% decrease from the previous year (634 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in San Francisco County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.58%

Uninsured

57.5%

Employer Coverage

16.7%

Medicaid

9.09%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

0.586%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Francisco County, CA grew by 8.05% from 3.31% to 3.58%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in San Francisco County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

San Francisco County, CA is home to a population of 884k people, from which 86.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 34% of San Francisco County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of San Francisco County, CA is composed of 356k White Alone residents (40.2%), 304k Asian Alone residents (34.3%), 135k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.2%), 44.5k Black or African American Alone residents (5.03%), 35.9k Two or More Races residents (4.06%), 5.27k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.596%), 3.16k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.357%), and 1.62k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.183%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in San Francisco County, CA are Chinese (156,963 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (90,696 speakers), and Tagalog (21,972 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in San Francisco County, CA was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in San Francisco County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all San Francisco County, CA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

34%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

34.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 34% of San Francisco County, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Francisco County, CA was 34.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of San Francisco County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 San Francisco County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

86.9%

2017 Citizenship

86.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 86.9% of San Francisco County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in San Francisco County, CA was 86.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    356k ± 1.27k

  2. Asian Alone

    304k ± 3.77k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    135k ± 8.76k

In 2017, there were 1.17 times more White Alone residents (356k people) in San Francisco County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 304k Asian Alone and 135k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in San Francisco County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Chinese

    156,963 speakers (19%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    90,696 speakers (11%)

  3. Tagalog

    21,972 speakers (2.66%)

43.9% of San Francisco County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in San Francisco County, CA was Chinese. 19% of the overall population of San Francisco County, CA are native Chinese speakers. 11% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 2.66% speak Chinese, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    5,926 ± 1,163

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,006 ± 1,231

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,704 ± 1,122

San Francisco County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in San Francisco County, CA awarded 20,808 degrees. The student population of San Francisco County, CA is skewed towards women, with 36,803 male students and 50,664 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Francisco County, CA are White (5,905 and 33.2%), followed by Asian (4,652 and 26.1%), Hispanic or Latino (3,423 and 19.2%), and Unknown (1,828 and 10.3%).

The largest universities in San Francisco County, CA by number of degrees awarded are San Francisco State University (7,039 and 33.8%), University of San Francisco (3,344 and 16.1%), and City College of San Francisco (3,147 and 15.1%).

The most popular majors in San Francisco County, CA are General Business Administration & Management (1,942 and 9.33%), Registered Nursing (691 and 3.32%), and Law (553 and 2.66%).

The median tuition costs in San Francisco County, CA are $35,104 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 444 degrees awarded

  2. 378 degrees awarded

  3. 1,623 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in San Francisco County, CA was General Biological Sciences with 444 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in San Francisco County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,039 degrees awarded

  2. 3,344 degrees awarded

  3. 3,147 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$35,104

Median Private

In 2016, the San Francisco County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was San Francisco State University with 7,039 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,213

Degrees Awarded to Men

12,595

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,213 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Francisco County, CA, which is 0.652 times less than the 12,595 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in San Francisco County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,905 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    4,652 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3,423 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in San Francisco County, CA were to White students. These 5,905 degrees mean that there were 1.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 4,652 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Francisco County, CA was $1.1M in 2017, which is 5.07 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $1.02M to $1.1M, a 7.82% increase. The homeownership rate in San Francisco County, CA is 36.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in San Francisco County, CA have an average commute time of 31.4 minutes, and they commute by Public Transit. Car ownership in San Francisco County, CA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$110,816

Median Household Income

± $3,045

360k

Number of Households

± 9,441

In 2017, the median household income of the 360k households in San Francisco County, CA grew to $110,816 from the previous year's value of $103,801.

The following chart displays the households in San Francisco County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$1.1M

2017 Median

± $24,312

$1.02M

2016 Median

± $24,264

In 2017, the median property value in San Francisco County, CA grew to to $1.1M from the previous year's value of $1.02M.

The following charts display, first, the property values in San Francisco County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Francisco County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in San Francisco County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Francisco County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

36.5%

2017 Homeownership

37.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 36.5% of the housing units in San Francisco County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 37.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in San Francisco County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in San Francisco County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in San Francisco County, CA have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

31.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Francisco County, CA have a longer commute time (31.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.85% of the workforce in San Francisco County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Public Transit

    34.7%

  2. Drove Alone

    32.4%

  3. Walked

    12%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in San Francisco County, CA was Public Transit, followed by those who Drove Alone and those who Walked.

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