San Francisco’s Low Jobs to Home Building Ratio in 2016

We’re just ending 2017, but a recent report studying 2016 may also bode not so well for us San Franciscans this year. did an examination of the ratio between new jobs created in 2016 as compared to new homes built in the same period.

The resulting ratio is shockingly low: 1 new home for every 10.4 new jobs. The article drew on stats from the SF Planning Department and a census report, determining that 27,048 new jobs were created in SF in 2016 and 2,600 new homes were built that year.

This also partly sheds light on why there’s a chronic housing inventory shortage in the city, which is monstrously driving up the cost of owning a home here.

The report also stated that total wages in the city jumped up 6% in 2016 to $71.5 billion total. That’s a median wage of $101,640. Compare that to the median wage of $83,570 in 2011.

Skip to content