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San Francisco Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

California is More Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Why San Francisco Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA metro area, life expectancy is 81.5 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across California, life […]

California Managed Better Than Most States

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in San Francisco

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area, 53.5% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the eighth lowest of any metro area in California. Young Americans […]

Poverty Rate in San Francisco Below National Level

An estimated 10.6% of residents in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 15.3%. San Francisco has the third lowest poverty rate of any California metro area. A high school education can mean the difference […]

Why Students in California Graduate College With Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why San Francisco Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area spends 33.2 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 28.9 minutes. San Francisco residents have the longest commute of any metro area in California. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

San Francisco Residents Far Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 10.7% of adults in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 12.8% statewide smoking rate. The San Francisco smoking rate is the second lowest in California. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in […]

Why San Francisco Has the 5th Highest Robbery Rate in the Nation

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

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