Wednesday, March 09, 2011

San Francisco Becoming More Diverse

When I do my tours of San Francisco, I always tell folks a bit about the city's population and its diversity.  The 2010 Census data are beginning to come out so I'll provide some population updates.  California has about 37,250,000 residents.  The nine counties that compose the Bay Area (Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco) have a population of approximately 7,150,000.  The largest city in the Bay Area remains San Jose, with about 965,000 people.

San Francisco's population is 805,000.  About 33% of the city is Asian, 15% Latino, and 6% African-American.  The remaining 42% is White.  This marks an increase in the Asian and Latino population of about 11% since the 1990 census.  Over the same period, the white population declined by about 12 percent and the African American population dropped by 23 percent.  More information is available on the US Census website:

San Francisco has been diverse since its earliest days, when folks from all over the world came here for the Gold Rush in 1849.  This diversity continues to this day.


Anonymous said...

I was riding the bus from the Mason Fort to Ghirardelli Square around 3pm. Each bus stop was packed with only Asian school children. I'm from DC and never seen this before and was surprised by their large numbers. Is this an Asian neighborhood or was it a special Asian school? Does the city have school buses for them? The bus was already too crowded and skipped each stop they were waiting at.

Rick said...

San Francisco is 35% Asian and the school district has probably a higher percentage of Asian students. You were not in an Asian neighborhood nor near a school that would attract a higher percentage of Asians. You were in San Francisco!

Most San Francisco students go to and from school on the public bus. School buses are reserved for children with special needs.