San Francisco

Indicator: PR.6.a Food Market Score

Descriptive Title: A relative measure of the number and variety of retail food resources within one mile, weighted by food offerings and distance.

Geographic Unit of Analysis: Intersection (point)

See Method

Interpretation and Geographic Equity Analysis

The Chinatown, Presidio Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Russian Hill neighborhoods have the highest concentration of supermarkets per square mile. Seven neighborhoods have no supermarket, including: Treasure Island, Presidio, Pacific Heights, Ocean View, Crocker Amazon, Visitacion Valley, and Twin Peaks. While Pacific Heights and Visitacion Valley do not have a supermarket, both neighborhoods have at least one smaller grocery store and Crocker Amazon has two produce markets and a meat market.

The Food Market Score indicator combines the quality, quantity, and proximity of all retail food resources near any one point. Stores receive a distance penalty when they are further than a quarter mile away. A high Food Market Score indicates that a neighborhood is geographically close to a range of different food store types. A score cannot reveal whether the stores that are nearby are affordable or that they have high quality stock; thus, a high food market score indicates that the physical infrastructure is present for a diverse food retail environment. Neighborhood averages for the Food Market Score shows that Downtown/Civic Center, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Financial District, and Castro/Upper Market, Mission, Haight Ashbury, and Russian Hill have the highest Food Market Scores. Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley, Lakeshore, Presidio, Seacliff, and Bayview have the worst scores.

Data Source

Retail food establishments: Dun and Bradstreet, February 2011 - via Network for a Healthy California - GIS Map Viewer: 

Farmers' Markets: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Map and table prepared by City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section using ArcGIS software.

Table data are presented by planning neighborhood. Detailed information regarding census data and other technical notes can be found at the following link: