San Francisco Health and Sustainability Indicators

The Sustainable Communities Index is a performance measurement system that provides information on San Francisco’s physical, social, and economic environments that influence health. Each indicator in the index was chosen to measure progress towards meeting a broad set of community objectives, which reflect a vision of a healthy city. Community objectives are organized under seven sections: Environment, Transportation, Housing, Community, Public Realm, Education, Housing, and Economy.

There are additional indicators that provide information on health outcomes and demographics. The indicators included in the index are supported by research establishing their relationship to important health outcomes like asthma, diabetes, or chronic stress. Criteria for indicators to be included in the index include the data source being updated on a regular basis, data being available for all areas of the city, and in most cases, data lending itself to analysis by neighborhood, or an even lower geographic level.

How to Use the Index:

The SCI indicator system can be used to compare conditions between different parts of the city or to conduct an in-depth assessment of current conditions within a specific geographic area. For more information on how different agencies and individuals have used the SCI Indicators, visit the overview page.  To view a list of all indicators organized by their objective, click the “All Indicators” link below. From that list you can select individual indicator pages to view. If you would like a summary table of all indicator results for a specific neighborhood or would like to compare conditions between two or more neighborhoods, click the “Neighborhood Profiles” link.