San Francisco, CA

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The San Francisco Ghetto Story

One of the most famous and luxurious cities in the world, the San Francisco ghetto often gets ignored or paid little attention to, especially with today’s gentrification of the once thriving San Francisco black population.

While the San Francisco black population is only 6% of over 800,000 people, with whites and Asians making up the majority and a total of 15% of the Mexican population, there are a few communities in the city.


The San Francisco ghetto and urban community are in areas like the Sunnydale Projects, the Mission District, Lakeview or the View, the infamous Hunters Point’s blocks and projects, project buildings on the streets of Connecticut, Missouri, and Dakota in Potrero Hill and the legendary Fillmore neighborhood.

The Fillmore neighborhood was once the heart of the San Francisco black population and playing an important role in the story of San Francisco black history.

The start of the San Francisco black community began when the country had entered into the Second World War.

The San Francisco black history story can not be told without mentioning the employment opportunities that many received in the Northern California shipyards that brought thousands southern African-Americans into the city.

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Fillmore.  Courtesy of Flickr/Total 13

From the 1940s to the 1970s the San Francisco black population grew by the tens of thousands with the majority living in areas like Fillmore and Hunters Point.

Before the 1940s, there were a few blacks in the city of San Francisco, with no specific reason for any African-American family to live in the city.


The problems with the drugs flooding in the community and many of the former job employers closing their factories helped the streets of Frisco to start a new era within the San Francisco ghetto.

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Hunters Point gentrified. Courtesy of Flickr/Mark Hogan

As the years went by, the San Francisco black population declined as employment opportunities went away and gentrification displaced people from areas like Fillmore and Hunters Point.

With the high expense of living in the city, together with gentrification, today’s San Francisco black community has been taken over by other races that is making the majority of the San Francisco black population to reside in the city’s housing projects.


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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.