The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around San Francisco. Darker red areas have almost entirely Republican voters, dark blue areas vote mostly for Democrats, and areas in lighter shades or in light purple are areas where the vote is usually split between parties.
San Francisco tends to be very democratic based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby cities, San Francisco has more republican voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, San Francisco leans more democratic.
Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In the San Francisco metro area, 44.48% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in San Francisco women make up 50.59% of the population.
Older Americans tend to vote more conservatively. Members of the Boomer and Silent generations (born 1928-1964) more often vote for republicans while GenX, Millennials (born 1965-1996) and younger generations consistently support democrats. The median age in San Francisco is 40.0, which is older than the national median age of 38.1.
Is San Francisco a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in San Francisco, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 3% of the time.
Note: Federal, local, and state elections are weighed based on the recency of the election and the importance most voters assign to each seat.
- Daly City, CA: more liberal voters
- San Francisco, CA: politically similar voters
- Brisbane, CA: more conservative voters
- Colma, CA: more liberal voters
- South San Francisco, CA: more conservative voters
- Sausalito, CA: more liberal voters
- Belvedere, CA: more liberal voters
- San Bruno, CA: more conservative voters
- Tiburon, CA: more liberal voters
- Pacifica, CA: more conservative voters
Cities with Similar Populations
- Indianapolis, IN: more conservative voters
- Charlotte, NC: more conservative voters
- Albany, NY: more conservative voters
- New Haven, CT: more conservative voters
- Jacksonville, FL: more conservative voters
- Bakersfield, CA: more conservative voters
- Greenville, SC: more conservative voters
- McAllen, TX: more conservative voters
- Oxnard, CA: more conservative voters
- El Paso, TX: more conservative voters
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