South San Francisco has the 405th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 5.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. South San Francisco is part of the San Francisco metro area. Unemployment in the San Francisco area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. San Francisco has the 7th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in South San Francisco is above average at $72,740, and the median cost of a home in South San Francisco is $589,100, which is above the national average. 30% of workers in South San Francisco hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 84% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in South San Francisco. 70% of South San Francisco workers drive to work alone, 8% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 10% walk. People in South San Francisco spend an average of 25 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.