The most effective (but perhaps most unpracticed) way to learn a neighborhood is simply to listen to those who live there. What do they celebrate? What concerns them? What changes are they experiencing, for better or worse?  In each of the neighborhoods below (with more to come) are some links to local blogs, news-sites, and other resources to get you started. Another approach is to gather demographic data using zip-code and census-based tools, or consulting published studies from urban research organizations.


Bayview Hunters Point

“The Bayview-Hunters Point district is located in the southeastern part of San Francisco, strung along the main artery of Third Street from India Basin to Candlestick Point. The boundaries are Cesar Chavez Boulevard to the north, U.S. Highway 101 (Bayshore Freeway) to the west, Bayview Hill to the south, and the San Francisco Bay to the east. Neighborhoods within the district include Hunters Point, India Basin, Bayview, Silver Terrace, Bret Harte, Islais Creek Estuary and South Basin. The entire southern half of the neighborhood is the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area as well as the Candlestick Park Stadium.” - from Wikipedia

The San Francisco Bay View →

“Thought-provoking stories and commentary on the full range of Black trials and triumphs – covering the Black economy, politics, arts, education, history, current events, health, religion” - From website.

Bay View Merchants Association →

“A non-profit, non-partisan group of neighborhood businesses in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco.  We are dedicated to the success of the merchants that make up our organization.” - From website. 

Bay Footprints Community Hub →

“Online window onto San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.  Volunteers have created community resources that include the longest running blog in Bayview Hunters Point.” - From website

On the Block: Bay View Hunters Point →

The real estate blog of SFGate, a division of the San Francisco Chronicle, for the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Focuses on current buying and selling trends.

Bernal Heights


“Bernal Heights lies to the south of San Francisco’s Mission District. Its most prominent feature is the open parkland and radio tower on its large rocky hill, Bernal Heights Summit. Bernal is bounded by Cesar Chavez Street to the north, San Jose Avenue to the west, US 101 to the east, and I-280 to the south.” - From Wikipedia

Bernalwood →

“Broadcasting from an elevation of 433 feet, Bernalwood is a community-powered news magazine about fabulous Bernal Heights, San Francisco.” - From website.

The Bernal History Project →

“The Bernal History Project was founded in 2003...It has been working to record and survey the neighborhood through city directories, contributions from neighbors past and present.”
- From website.

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center →

“Works to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. We promote community action to build a just and equitable community for all.” - From website.

On the Block: Bernal Heights →

The real estate blog of SFGate, a division of the San Francisco Chronicle, for the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Focuses on current buying and selling trends.


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The Castro “is mostly concentrated in the business district that is located on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. It extends down Market Street toward Church Street and on both sides of the Castro neighborhood from Church Street to Eureka Street.” - From Wikipedia

Castro Community Business District →

“A non-profit organization, started in 1997 by a group of neighbors in the Duboce Triangle and Lower Haight neighborhoods who love and use the park.” - From website

Planet Castro →

“Planet Castro is a blog all about the Castro District in San Francisco. Planet Castro focuses on the people and places in the Castro, and offers insight on some of the happenings there.” - From website

My Castro →

“Join your local Castro Community by using this web portal as your one stop location to connect, read pertinent news, and gather information.” - From website

Castro Biscuit (Hoodline)→

A general blog about the Castro District, existing as a subset of Hoodline, a “neighborhood news network covering San Francisco. Well, part of San Francisco. But we're growing.”
 - From website

Duboce Triangle


“The Duboce Triangle neighborhood is located near the center of San Francisco, California just below the hilly slopes of Buena Vista Park between the neighborhoods of the Castro/Eureka Valley, the Mission District, and the Lower Haight. The area is sometimes known as Mint Hill, after the United States Mint, nearby on a steep rocky cliff overlooking the intersection of Market and Duboce streets. The neighborhood is bounded by Market Street on the southeast, Castro Street on the west, Church Street on the east and Duboce Street on the north.” - From Wikipedia

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Assoc. →

“Represents residents, businesses and property owners in SF's Duboce Triangle neighborhood, bordered by Market St., Castro St., Divisidero St., Waller St., Webster St. and Duboce Avenue.  Our goal is to protect, maintain and improve our neighborhood quality of life, and ensure that the Duboce Triangle continues to be San Francisco’s very best neighborhood in which to live, work and play.” - From website

Friends of Duboce Park →

“A non-profit organization, started in 1997 by a group of neighbors in the Duboce Triangle and Lower Haight neighborhoods who love and use the park.” - From website

Duboce Triangle Tumblr →

A Tumblr site featuring photographs and commentary on the “small neighborhood in San Francisco wedged between the Lower Haight and Castro District.” - From website


“The Excelsior District is located along Mission Street, east of San Jose Ave, south of Interstate 280 Southern Fwy, west of John McLaren Park, and somewhat north of Geneva Avenue.
Neighborhoods within the Excelsior District include the Excelsior Neighborhood itself, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission neighborhood, Portola, & Crocker Amazon.” - From Wikipedia

Ingleside-Excelsior Light →

“An independent newspaper distributed for free in the Ingleside, Oceanview, Excelsior, Sunnyside and surrounding neighborhoods.” - From website

Excelsior District Improvement Association →

“Founded in 1942 and incorporated in 1962, EDIA is a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.” - From website

Excelsior Action Group →

“Today, we meet regularly at our offices in the Excelsior to develop and implement a community-driven vision for the future of Mission Street in the Excelsior.” - From website

Excelsior District SF! →

“Musings, rants, and reviews from San Francisco's most underrated district” - From website


“The Mission District is located in east-central San Francisco. Its border to the east is U.S. Route 101, which forms the boundary between the eastern portion of the district, known as “Inner Mission”, and its eastern neighbor, Potrero Hill.” - From Wikipedia

Mission Local →

Mission Local is a hyper-local news website launched in October 2008, covering the Mission District in San Francisco, CA. “Mission Local believes that by covering a neighborhood fairly and thoroughly, we can build community and a sustainable model for quality journalism.”

Mission Mission →

News media website of “news, video, political analysis, photos, personal anecdotes, event announcements, oddities, and more,” first published by Allan Hough in 2007.

In The Mission →

A local blog section of SFGate, a Hearst-owned sister website of the San Francisco Chronicle, that covers news and stories of the Mission District.

Mission Economic Dev. Agency Blog→

Neighborhood news blog of MEDA, a community economic development corporation, serving low to moderate income, primarily Latino, residents since 1973.

Noe Valley


“Its borders are generally considered to be 21st street to the north, Randall Street to the south, Dolores Street to the east, and Grand View Avenue to the west. These borders are informal, nothing more, and continue to expand, thanks to real estate agents. The Castro (Eureka Valley) is directly to Noe Valley's north, although the border is not well defined and can stretch into Noe Valley, and The Mission is to its east.” - From Wikipedia

Noe Valley SF blog →

“We are long-time residents of Noe Valley, not journalists, who care about keeping the neighborhood informed. This blog is about Noe Valley -- not the people writing about it. We hope that reading this blog helps you learn more about your neighborhood and neighbors even if you don't know who we are.” - From website

Noe Valley Association →

“Established in August 2005 as a fifteen – year community benefit district which receives an annual special assessment from the 208 properties in the district.” - From website

Friends of Dolores Park Playground →

“Established in August 2005 as a fifteen – year community benefit district which receives an annual special assessment from the 208 properties in the district.” - From website

The Noe Valley Voice →

“An independent free newspaper created for and about Noe Valley, a neighborhood located in the heart of San Francisco.” - From website

No way, Noe! →

“Showcases the quirks and going on’s of San Francisco’s central neighborhood Noe Valley.” - From website

Friends of Noe Valley →

“An organization of people who believe that knowing your neighbors creates community and that creating community is key to having a safe and vibrant neighborhood.” - From website



“The Tenderloin is a neighborhood in downtown San Francisco, California, in the flatlands on the southern slope of Nob Hill, situated between the Union Square shopping district to the northeast and the Civic Center office district to the southwest. It encompasses about 50 square blocks, is a large wedge/triangle in shape (point faces East), and a conservative description has it bounded on the north by Geary Street, on the east by Mason Street, on the south by Market Street and on the west by Van Ness Avenue. The northern boundary with Lower Nob Hill historically has been set at Geary Street.” - From Wikipedia

Central City Extra →

A publication of the San Francisco Study Center (which provides support to various nonprofit organizations) that covers news in, and is widely read by, the Tenderloin neighborhood. - From website

Tenderloin Museum →

The online presence of the new brick & mortar museum in 2015 that presents the history of the Tenderloin Neighborhood.  Offers a regular newsletter for museum updates.

Street Sheet Online →

The online version of a newspaper based and sold in the Tenderloin as a source of income for the homeless. Includes a comic strip called, Tales of the Tenderloin."

A Tenderloin history site → is the work of Mark Ellinger, an artist, musician, writer, and historian who has written extensively about the history, and life in, the Tenderloin district.


Demographic Tools

San Francisco Property Information Map →

A wealth of information about a particular SF location and its surrounding area can be obtained through this tool provided by the SF Planning Dept.

US Census Bureau:SF →

Instant census information on SF, including population, gender, race, ethnicity, housing, employment, income, etc. 

Data SF →

A municipal government web portal that "contains hundreds of city datasets for use by developers, analysts, residents, and more. We believe open data has the potential to support a range of outcomes from increased quality of life, more efficient government services, better decisions, and new businesses and services." - From website

PC-USA Community Demographics Tool →

Get instant demographic snapshots (economics, families, housing types, education levels, etc.) within a desired radius of a user-selected map point within a particular zip code. 

Peoplegroups.Info →

"A joint initiative of the North American and International Mission Boards of the Southern Baptist Convention. Use this site to catch a vision for engaging unreached people groups and to equip yourself and your church to fulfill the Great Commission right where you reside." - From website

Zillow →

A real estate site that searches on public records to acquire price, tax history, and other information, for properties by address. 

SF Religious Places Map →

Youth with a Mission SF mapped all 600 places of worship (all religions per Association of Religious Data Archives typology) in 2011, using ESRI GIS software.

American Communities Survey (US Census) →

"An ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year." - From website

[PDF]: "San Francisco Neighborhoods: Socio-Economic Profiles"  →

A comprehensive report on every SF neighborhood, produced by the SF Planning Department in 2011.

American Fact Finder (Zip Code-based tool) →

"Provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys." - From website

City-Data (Zip Code-based tool) →

"By collecting and analyzing data from numerous sources, we're able to create detailed, informative profiles of all cities in the United States." - From website

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project →

"A data-visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of SF Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0" - From website

Urban Research

Note: Many helpful articles about San Francisco can be searched and retrieved from these sties.

San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR) →

"Brings people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems our cities face. With offices in SF, San Jose and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues." - From website.

Atlantic City Lab: SF →

"Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future - and those who want to live there." - From website.

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) →

"Created by local governments to meet their planning and research needs related to land use, environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation, and to provide risk management, financial services and staff training to local counties, cities and towns." - From website

Next City →

"A nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world." - From website