Introduction

San Francisco has one of the largest Asian-American populations of all major U.S. cities, and the population keeps growing year by year. The city of San Francisco itself is about 35.8% Asian, compared to the U.S. national value of 5.6% (SFGate, 2012). Of each tract within the city, only one has a population with a lower percentage of Asian-Americans than the national percentage, and many areas are well above that value.

##   Longitude Latitude Asian-Americans (%)
## A -122.4461 37.76577 4.35               
## B -122.4663 37.79755 5.83               
## C -122.376  37.73563 6.16               
## D ...       ...      ...                
## E -122.4062 37.79335 83.29              
## F -122.4041 37.79556 91.14

Opportunities in the tech industry are one of the biggest reasons Asian-Americans are being attracted to move to the Bay Area (SFGate, 2012). San Francisco has many strong jobs in STEM fields, and Asian-Americans are consistently some of the strongest workers in these fields. Asian-Americans have taken up half of the Bay Area’s technology workforce (Mercury News, 2012).

Through census data, I was able to explore several different aspects of the lives of Asian-Americans living in San Francisco. I will be focusing especially on the relationship between race and income in the Bay Area and how it all relates to the growing tech industry.

Income Gap of up to $200K Between White and Asian Neighborhoods

The “Asian advantage” is a well-known phenomenon as Asian-Americans have been consistently earning more than white Americans in the workforce for the past few decades (Washington Post, 2016). I set out to see if this phenomenon held true in San Francisco.

All but one neighborhood (which is predominantly African-American) has a majority of white or Asian residents, so I split the census data into predominantly white and predominantly Asian neighborhoods to look at an income comparison.

Asian-Americans seem to be earning more within every single income quintile, and at the top 5% income bracket, there is a gap of over $200,000 dollars between the average yearly incomes of households in white neighborhoods and in Asian neighborhoods.

On average, Asian households earn more than white households due to stronger educational backgrounds. In the Bay Area specifically, Asian-Americans have been displacing white workers in the tech industry.

Asian-American Neighborhoods Concentrated in Areas with Low Rent

There is a diverse spectrum of the proportion of Asians in each tract throughout the city-some areas have a very small percentage of Asian-Americans while the population of some areas is nearly entirely Asian. However, as seen in the map below, neighborhoods with similar concentrations of Asians seem to be grouped together.