Due to its booming economy, lovely climate, plethora of breathtaking views, and artsy markets, San Francisco, CA is currently one of the hottest cities in the country.
Undeniably, living in San Francisco is a dream for many. However, no city is void of crime, which means that there are dangerous neighborhoods in San Francisco you should better stay away from — especially if you live alone or have kids in your family.
What follows is a list of the most dangerous neighborhoods in San Francisco for 2021. The rankings are calculated based on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people for each neighborhood, compared to the San Francisco violent crime average.
Mission is a neighborhood that has historically been home to the Chicano/Mexican-American community.
Today, the district is centered around Dolores Park and is known for its diverse culture, brilliant art and music scene, and sunny climate (it's SF's sunniest neighborhood). At first glance, it might seem like a great neighborhood to live in; however, it has an alarmingly high crime rate.
Mission, with a population of 56,009, has a crime rate of 137% greater than the San Francisco average, which currently makes it the #1 most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco.
The overall number of violent crimes is 1,589 per 100k people, while property crimes are approximately
8,755 per 100,000 residents.
San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood is a mix of art, culture, nature, and high-quality dining.
However, statistically, its crime rate is among the city's highest. With a population of 35,739, Bayview has a crime rate of 119% greater than the San Francisco average, which currently makes it the #2 most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco.
Exploring the neighborhood alone, especially at night times is deemed greatly unsafe.
The overall number of violent crimes is 1,464 crimes per 100k people, while property crimes are approximately 5,658 per 100,000 habitants.
Third on our list is Downtown, with a population of 39,932 and a crime rate of 47% greater than the San Francisco average.
Although the neighborhood is known as the center of the city's business industry (also known as the Financial District), it’s advised to avoid exploring it alone at night times or moving in the area if you’re a family with kids.
The overall number of violent crimes is 984 crimes per 100k people, while property crimes are approximately 8,092 per 100,000 habitants.
4. CASTRO-UPPER MARKET
In recent years, the Castro-Upper Market has become one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations - especially for people from the LGBTQI+ community.
Upper Market is the area from Van Ness up to Castro Street and has a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks you can visit.
Despite the well-intentioned attempts to rebuild the area, it remains quite dangerous. With a population of 21,884, has a crime rate of 38% greater than the San Francisco average.
The overall number of violent crimes is 925 crimes per 100k people, while property crimes are approximately 7,527 per 100,000 habitants.
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