Data & Statistics
The key to San Francisco’s continuing success as a center for the new talent-based, innovation economy is the outstanding level of educational attainment among its workforce. With over 7,000 college-degree-holders per square mile, San Francisco has the densest clusters of educated workers in the entire United States. Almost three-fourths of San Francisco’s young adult population between 25 and 34 holds a bachelor’s degree, and 95.5% of this demographic holds a high school degree.
Of the total population over 25, an astounding 86.7% hold a high school degree or higher and a whopping 53% have attained a bachelor’s degree (compared to the state’s 34%). San Francisco’s superb primary and secondary education system boasts an extensive network of public and private schools that fuels this tradition of educational attainment. With 143 public schools and 120 private schools in the City alone, students are rigorously prepared for the international economic environment in a dynamic, multicultural setting with class sizes well below the California average. In addition, the Bay Area hosts more than 35 colleges and universities containing some of the world’s most highly regarded graduate institutions which, with numerous federal and private research centers, represent cutting-edge development in technology and the life sciences. In fact, the Bay Area is home to 2 universities in the top-ranked 5 of the world: Stanford and UC Berkeley; and 4 in the top 20, as per The Times Higher Education Ranking Report.
The download at right provides up-to-date information and statistics about Educational Attainment in the Bay Area’s workforce.
San Francisco ranks #1 U.S. City in Educational Attainment Density
- 7,031 college degrees per square mile
- 20% San Francisco residents hold graduate/professional degrees
- 25 colleges, universities and graduate schools
- 3rd in graduate degrees per capita (after DC and Seattle), per Forbes
- 2nd smartest city in the U.S. (after Seattle; tied with Boston); approximately 35 Nobel Prize winners live in the Bay Area, per SF Business Times