Bayview/Hunters Point and other southeast neighborhoods contain about 14% of everyone in San Francisco who lives below the poverty
of residents live below the poverty line
of adult residents are either not in the labor force or unemployed
of adults at least 25 years old have never completed high school or obtained a GED
Source: 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
The Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood is located in south-eastern San Francisco. Originally the neighborhood was a home to the city’s slaughterhouses and associated industries that benefitted from the neighborhood’s isolation from San Francisco’s urban core. Later, San Francisco’s shipbuilding and warehousing industries located here, making this area one of the strongest blue-collar communities in the city.
Until 2006, coal and gas-fired power plants were located in the neighborhood. The naval shipyard also did nuclear decontamination in Hunters Point. This, combined with the long history of heavy industrial use, led to massive soil contamination in large parts of the neighborhood.
Beginning in the 1960s, Bayview/Hunters Point began to experience a decline. Closure of the shipyard, substandard housing, declining infrastructure, and racial discrimination led to an increase in crime and blight. The San Francisco general plan states than “analysis of census data illustrates trends of demographic and economic decline and displacement in Bayview.”
Changes Are Coming…
Bayview/Hunters Point has experienced the biggest percentage increase in the value of its housing
of any neighborhood in San Francisco. With the coming Shipyard and Candlestick developments,
many residents wonder how the neighborhood will change in the coming years.