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Tenderloin Census 2010

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Racial breakdowns are not necessarily the best way to understand a place, although the US Census certainly places a heavy emphasis on it. Nevertheless, the US 2010 Census numbers are still interesting because they reveal a striking level of density and ethnic diversity.The Tenderloin essentially lies within the following Census tracts: 12201, 12202, 12301, 12302, 12401, 12402, 12501, and 12501. Geographically, these are relatively small areas of only a few city blocks. Here’s the breakdown:

San Francisco Population - 805,235 people
  • White 42%
  • Black 6%
  • Asian 33%
  • Hispanic 15%
  • Others 4%
Tenderloin Population - 31,565 people (3.9% of the city)
  • White 32% (10,162 people)
  • Black 11% (3,339 people)
  • Asian 28% (8,911 people)
  • Hispanic 24% (7,542 people)
  • Others 5% (1,641 people)

The Tenderloin’s population density is one of the Tenderloin’s most defining characteristics. For example, tract 12402, centered at Leavenworth and Turk streets is just six city blocks but is home to over 5,000 people, which is among the densest in the entire city. (Meanwhile, the rent is among the city’s cheapest, which is why I moved to the Tenderloin!)

The neighborhood’s diversity never ceases to amaze. The population seems equally shared among whites, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics. On any given day, I hear so many languages on the street. I regularly hear Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese and English too. When including tourists, I often hear German, French, and sometimes Russian around the hotels near the Tenderloin’s east side. Perhaps this blog should be translated into these languages.

By the way, this resident moved to the Tenderloin just few months after the 2010 Census finished, and therefore was not counted.

These numbers come from the  New York Times’ interactive Census map: http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/map
The US Census also has a lot of data ready for download on its website: http://2010.census.gov
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  1. Don Stannard-Friel
    July 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Tenderblogger, do you have data on the age breakdown in the TL, specifically the number of children under 18? Thanks Don

  2. July 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I don’t keep the data myself, but the government’s main Census site can probably get you what you are looking for. http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

    Anecdotally, I’m always surprised at the number of school children I see in the Tenderloin.

  3. Don Stannard-Friel
    May 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hi, thanks for your help. My results below. Also, where die you get your race/ethnic percentages? FYI, note that when I add up your racial/ethnic results, they come up 30 over the total count you and I arrive at (31565 actual, 31595, your race/ethnic total. Thanks for your help, Don

    These 2010 Census Demographic Profile results for the Tenderloin have been compiled by integrating the outcomes for census tracts located within the interior boundaries of Market to Powell to Post to Van Ness. Included in this report are total figures for overall population, race (White, African American, Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Some Other, and Two or More), sex, and age.

    The Census Demographic Profile lists “Hispanic or Latino” separately, overlapping the ethnic category with racial groups that may also include Hispanics or Latinos (e.g, White Hispanic, Black Hispanic). What is not shown in the Census Demographic Profile is racial or ethnic breakdown by age (Under 18, 18 and over). Listed below is the count of individuals 65 and over. This is included in the overall 18 and over count, but is also listed separately, here, because of the special interest in this age group.

    White 13232 H 7255 M 19558 -18 2749 65+ 4246
    AA 3676 F 12007 18+ 28816
    A 8902
    AI/AN 347
    NH/PI 139
    O 3661
    2 or + 1608

    Total 31565 7255 31565 31565 4246

    Compiled by Don Stannard-Friel, Notre Dame de Namur University. don@ndnu.edu

  4. Don Stannard-Friel
    May 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    format got screwed up above. Let me know if you want me to resend. Don

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