San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Home to the largest population of Afghan in the United States. The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area, also known as the San Francisco Bay area, encompasses a 5 county area. The Metro Area is best described as "cities" within "cities." That is, with its ethnic diversity, one can easily go to one neighborhood and see numerous people groups living near one another. While at the same time, one can easily go to another neighborhood and only see people of the same people group or similar cultural affinity.

Total Population: 4,623,264

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 1,340,835
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,710,695

[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

29.7% of Total Population are Foreign Born and 40.2% of Total Population Speak another language other than English at Home.

Quick Facts

  • The largest racial/ethnic groups are White (41.4%) followed by Asian (33.3%) and Hispanic (15.3%).

  • Present growth trends indicate Asians will become the metro's largest ethnic group in a couple of decades.

  • The Ethnic Dance Festival is one of the largest cultural dance festivals in the United States.

  • Different ethnic and national groups often cluster in specific counties. For example, the metro area has the largest populations with Chinese and Russian ancestry; Santa Clara has, by far, the greatest number of residents from India, Vietnam or Mexico; Alameda leads in those of Portuguese or Pacific Island heritage.

  • One of the largest population of Filipinos outside the Philippines.

  • Filipino (Tagalog), the most commonly spoken Filipino language in the Bay Area and the official language of the Philippines, is now a third required language requiring city departments that interact with the public to provide translated materials, interpreters at public meetings and other services, in addition to Chinese and Spanish.

  • North Beach and Chinatown, are home to the largest single concentration of Chinese outside of China.

  • North Beach, an Italian enclave where the Chinese once were not allowed to cross into, is packed with cafes, and excellent restaurants.

  • The Mission District is San Francisco's oldest neighborhood, and home to a large number of Mexican immigrants as well as Central and South American immigrants. There are also taquerias, pupuserias, produce markets, Salvadoran bakeries, and Latino music stores located throughout the area.


Also known as the San Francisco Bay area, San Francisco Metro is a very culturally and ethnically diverse city. As a city, San Francisco’s diversity is slightly higher than the national average. Over half (57%) of San Francisco neighborhoods have a diversity score at or above the national average. The most ethnically diverse neighborhoods include Treasure Island, Excelsior, the Mission, Crocker Amazon, and Bayview.

In addition to having very diverse neighborhoods, there are also ethnic enclave areas where one people group is dominate. For instance, the Chinatown neighborhood is not very diverse due to the large concentration of Chinese and other Asian-American populations in that area. The Tenderloin, or Little Saigon, neighborhood has more than 250 Vietnamese American-owned businesses in this neighborhood including: restaurants, tailors, jewelers, acupuncturists, doctors, and dentists. The neighborhood hosts an annual Tet Festival, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
DutchNetherlandsEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious2,700
Egyptian CoptEgyptArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox5,792
FijianFijiPacific IslandersChristianity11,160
Fijian HindiFijiSouth Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Other / Marginal600
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic152,594
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox20,201
GreekGreeceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox4,680
GuatemalanGuatemalaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic24,860
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism39,116
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism70,473
HungarianHungaryEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,735
IndonesianIndonesiaMalay PeoplesIslam5,850
Irish, GaelicIrelandEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,300
ItalianItalyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic13,481
Iu MienVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions7,500
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism23,048
Jew, IsraeliIsraelJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism3,443
KhuenLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions1,200
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant32,522
Latvian, LettLatviaEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious2,663
MongolianMongoliaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism3,000
NicaraguanNicaraguaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic30,807
PeruvianPeruLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic13,464
PolePolandEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,554