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General

San Francisco, as one of the most visited cities in the world, is a business, financial, cultural and commercial center of Northern California. A lot of big international companies and banks are headquartered in this city. So the economy of San Francisco is influenced by such companies like Salesforce.com, Reddit, Dropbox, Airbnb, Yelp, Uber, Lyft, etc. San Francisco is also a popular destination for tourists. This city is well-known for a mix of architecture and landmarks, cool nights and an extraordinary amount of parks, its cultural diversity. 

26M

people visit SF each year

8,977

number of startups

3%

unemployment rate


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre $ 3,315
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre $ 2,595
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre $ 5,539
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre $ 4,100
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment $ 102
  • Internet $ 61
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) $ 2.8
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) $ 80
  • Taxi 1km ride $ 1.7
  • Gasoline (1 liter) $ 0.9
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket $ 74                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch $ 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course $ 75
  • Beer $ 7.5
  • Cappuccino (regular) $ 4.5
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) $ 2.2
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  $ 75
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat $ 14

Healthcare

High-quality healthcare is available throughout the US and San Francisco is not an exception. However, San Francisco is famous for high prices of medical facilities. So, it is very important to have full medical insurance. But keep in mind that there are no insurance planes with 100% coverage. Furthermore, there are non-profit, government-owned and for-profit hospitals in the US. Healthcare can also be divided into private with short waiting time and public. Here's the list of the best hospitals in San Francisco. So, if you live in the US, you have access to the best specialists and medical technology. 

Medications are provided by chain pharmacies, in-store pharmacies and independent chemists in San Francisco, which can be easily found 24 hours a day.

Healthcare in the US is unique and uncommon among developed countries. Not so long time ago healthcare coverage started to be mandatory for everyone. However, in 2014 near 90% of the US population had health insurance. There is an official service where you can find all the information about health insurance, Medicaid (low cost and free healthcare for people with low income) and Medicare (health insurance program from the federal government).


Education

Higher education in the US is not compulsory. There are four-degree programmes:

  • Associate Degree (the lowest post-secondary academic degree − 2 years);
  • Bachelors Degree (B.A. and B.S. − 4 years);
  • Masters Degree (1-2 years depending on specialization);
  • PhD (the highest academic degree where you have to submit your research proposal − 3-5 years).

There are private and public universities in the US. Approximate prices for public universities start at $20,090 per year, for private ones − $45,370 per year.

List of colleges and universities in SF


Climate

San Francisco, as a city with a Mediterranean climate, is a place where fog is the regular feature. Summers are dry and warm, winters are mild. The average temperature in summer is 19°C (66°F) and in winter 8°C (46°F). Furthermore, in the city snowfall is very rare. 

 19°C

average summer temperature

 C

average winter temperature


Safety

San Francisco, as a safe city, has a safety level of 61% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 50% according to Numbeo. However, it is better to avoid areas The Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods, especially at nights. And about crime, San Francisco is fairly safe for residents.

61/100

SafeAround

Safety Index

51/100

Numbeo

Safety Index


Economy

San Francisco, as a city with a service economy, is a home for many international companies. San Francisco's economy is composed of finance, tourism, high tech, biotechnology and medical sectors. Besides that, the unemployment rate in this city is only 3.4%. As a city with employment that spread across a broad range of professional services, San Francisco is one of the centers for professional relocation, especially in the tech sector.

$1681

Minimum monthly salary

$7227

Average monthly

salary


People

Expat communities are common in San Francisco. There you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if needed. Here are some of them:

InterNations 
Expat Meetups in San Francisco

  • General

    San Francisco, as one of the most visited cities in the world, is a business, financial, cultural and commercial center of Northern California. A lot of big international companies and banks are headquartered in this city. So the economy of San Francisco is influenced by such companies like Salesforce.com, Reddit, Dropbox, Airbnb, Yelp, Uber, Lyft, etc. San Francisco is also a popular destination for tourists. This city is well-known for a mix of architecture and landmarks, cool nights and an extraordinary amount of parks, its cultural diversity. 

    26M

    people visit SF each year

    8,977

    number of startups

    3%

    unemployment rate

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre $ 3,315
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre $ 2,595
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre $ 5,539
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre $ 4,100
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment $ 102
    • Internet $ 61
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) $ 2.8
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) $ 80
    • Taxi 1km ride $ 1.7
    • Gasoline (1 liter) $ 0.9
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket $ 74                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch $ 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course $ 75
    • Beer $ 7.5
    • Cappuccino (regular) $ 4.5
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) $ 2.2
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  $ 75
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat $ 14
  • Healthcare

    High-quality healthcare is available throughout the US and San Francisco is not an exception. However, San Francisco is famous for high prices of medical facilities. So, it is very important to have full medical insurance. But keep in mind that there are no insurance planes with 100% coverage. Furthermore, there are non-profit, government-owned and for-profit hospitals in the US. Healthcare can also be divided into private with short waiting time and public. Here's the list of the best hospitals in San Francisco. So, if you live in the US, you have access to the best specialists and medical technology. 

    Medications are provided by chain pharmacies, in-store pharmacies and independent chemists in San Francisco, which can be easily found 24 hours a day.

    Healthcare in the US is unique and uncommon among developed countries. Not so long time ago healthcare coverage started to be mandatory for everyone. However, in 2014 near 90% of the US population had health insurance. There is an official service where you can find all the information about health insurance, Medicaid (low cost and free healthcare for people with low income) and Medicare (health insurance program from the federal government).

  • Education

    Higher education in the US is not compulsory. There are four-degree programmes:

    • Associate Degree (the lowest post-secondary academic degree − 2 years);
    • Bachelors Degree (B.A. and B.S. − 4 years);
    • Masters Degree (1-2 years depending on specialization);
    • PhD (the highest academic degree where you have to submit your research proposal − 3-5 years).

    There are private and public universities in the US. Approximate prices for public universities start at $20,090 per year, for private ones − $45,370 per year.

    List of colleges and universities in SF

  • Climate

    San Francisco, as a city with a Mediterranean climate, is a place where fog is the regular feature. Summers are dry and warm, winters are mild. The average temperature in summer is 19°C (66°F) and in winter 8°C (46°F). Furthermore, in the city snowfall is very rare. 

     19°C

    average summer temperature

     C

    average winter temperature

  • Safety

    San Francisco, as a safe city, has a safety level of 61% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 50% according to Numbeo. However, it is better to avoid areas The Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods, especially at nights. And about crime, San Francisco is fairly safe for residents.

    61/100

    SafeAround

    Safety Index

    51/100

    Numbeo

    Safety Index

  • Economy

    San Francisco, as a city with a service economy, is a home for many international companies. San Francisco's economy is composed of finance, tourism, high tech, biotechnology and medical sectors. Besides that, the unemployment rate in this city is only 3.4%. As a city with employment that spread across a broad range of professional services, San Francisco is one of the centers for professional relocation, especially in the tech sector.

    $1681

    Minimum monthly salary

    $7227

    Average monthly

    salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in San Francisco. There you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if needed. Here are some of them:

    InterNations 
    Expat Meetups in San Francisco

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