While newbies to San Francisco now find themselves in the same position of those who were displaced—i.e., living paycheck to paycheck, inability to buy a home, soaring rents, friends/family making an exodus, unlawful evictions—the city keeps seeing new people move here each year. However, that number is slowing down across the Bay Area.
“After years of being overrun by new residents drawn by a red-hot economy, the number of people moving out has begun to catch up with the number moving in, new census data show,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “In fact, in some parts of the Bay Area — including Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties — already more people are leaving than arriving, according to the estimates released Thursday, which cover the period from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.”
These numbers could be true of SF, but the city still see more people move here from abroad. But that doesn’t mean people are staying. Because they’re leaving. And fast. And the majority of people migrating are working class. Our first responders, our teachers, our police, our transit operators.
In 2016, San Francisco households earning $30,000 or less a year or less made up only 12.4 percent of the initial population, but were 19.7 percent of people who opted to leave town. And those earning $60,000 a year were 29.5 percent of the initial population, but made up 43 percent of those who left.
Although SF’s exit numbers aren’t yet as high as Chicago’s exodus, it does give one pause for concern.
Are you planning on leaving San Francisco? Why? Where will you be moving to? Do you ever see yourself coming back to the Baghdad by the Bay or are you leaving for good?
- Bay Area population growth slows, some counties losing people [SF Chronicle]
- San Francisco and Oakland Losing Working Class Twice as Fast as Expected [Curbed SF]
- Mapping the Demise of the Working Class in San Francisco [Curbed SF]
- One Third of Bay Area Residents Plan to Leave for Good, Says Poll [Curbed SF]