Are you interested in picking up and moving to San Francisco, California? While many people have the desire to move to the west coast, more specifically the City by the Bay, you will likely have many questions on your mind.
As you begin to search for your first place in San Francisco, you will soon find that the real estate market is unique from other parts of the country.
The most important thing you need to know is this: real estate does not come cheap in San Francisco. In fact, this is one of the most expensive markets in the world.
With this in mind, you may have one burning question: what type of people am I going to encounter in a San Francisco neighborhood? With prices so high, you may begin to ponder what makes residents of this city different than the rest of the country.
The type of people you run into, including those who will be living in your neighborhood, depends largely on the neighborhood which you move into. Some of the most coveted neighborhoods, based on home prices, in and around the city include: Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Financial District, and Mission.
Let’s take a closer look at the type of neighbors you might encounter in those neighborhoods:
1. Free spirited individuals. Don’t confuse this with hippies who do nothing but “hang out” all day. Instead, these people are friendly, many with families, and are looking to live a peaceful life despite all of the hustle and bustle around them.
2. High income urban singles. This may not be the type of person you run into in every neighborhood, but there are many that cater to this group.
If you fall into this category yourself, you will have no trouble fitting in. These highly educated individuals, many with advanced degrees, have no problem shelling out the big bucks for a San Francisco pad if it means close proximity to entertainment, restaurants, art, and cultural events.
3. Plain and simple, down to earth families. Have you ever watched the television show Full House? We don’t want you to think that everybody who lives in San Francisco is as easy going and friendly as the Tanner’s, but the fact of the matter is that many people move to the city because it is a great place to raise a family.
From the location, to the educational opportunities, to the entertainment, if you are looking for the ideal city, in which to raise a family, this may be the place for you.
All of this said, just like any other city in the United States, it is impossible to categorize every person who lives there. You are going to find a lot of people who fit into the above categories, but there will be some who are seemingly out of place. And guess what? San Francisco is also a great choice for them, because people let people be in this city.
For an even better understanding of San Francisco and the type of people who live here, we don’t have to look any further than demographic information from data in the 2000 U.S. Census (take these numbers with a grain of salt as San Francisco has changed dramatically since 2000).
For example, many people think you have to be rich to live in San Francisco. But guess what? The median household income hovers right around $55,000. This is only $11,000 more, on average, than other parts of the country.
Here are some other interesting statistics:
- Single males: 25.5%
- Single females: 19.3%
- Median age: 39
- Average household size: 2.3
San Francisco has a Little of Everything
By now, if you don’t know anything else, you probably realize that San Francisco is home to people of all backgrounds. From young to old, single to married, rich to poor, you will see it all when you live here.
When you move to San Francisco, you never know what type of people will be living in your neighborhood. However, with this information, you can make an educated guess.
Simon Campbell has spent over 15 years in all the various facets having to do with real estate including sales, purchases, investment and research. His experience also includes commercial and residential property management and even real estate appraisal. He is recognized among his peers as an expert in the real estate field. Now after gaining such a wealth of personal experience, Simon has changed directions and is now sharing his knowledge and experience with others through writing, mentoring and consultation. Check out Simon’s profile on Simon Google+ and also his blog.
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