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The 4 Most Interesting Things We Learned From The New Census Numbers

Scott Lucas | September 19, 2013 | Story

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey is the gold standard of social science research. Today, it released its much anticipated figures for 2012. So, how is San Francisco doing? Here are the most interesting results:

We're richer than the rest of the country, but we didn't gain any ground last year. Our median income was $74,922, statically unchanged from the 2011 figures. For the whole country, the median income was $53,607.

We're better educated than most. In 2012, 45% of us had bachelor's degrees, compared to 31.2% nationally.

Our houses still cost a lot. The median value for an owner-occupied home in the San Francisco metro area was $557,700. That's statically unchanged from 2011, but still way above the U.S. median, which was $188,300.

Our poverty rate is creeping up. It was 9.3% in 2007. In 2012, it was 11.9%.

Find out more data from the American Community Survey here.


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