San Francisco, CA (population: 817,411) has three creative writing schools within its city limits. University of San Francisco, the highest ranked school in the city with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 9,008. It is the 221st highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about creative writing programs in San Francisco, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of creative writing professors at University of San Francisco such as Mary Backnor-Smartt, Rob Baedeker, A Balter, Harilaos Costarides, Robb Erskine, and Fran Ferrante.
Creative Writing students from San Francisco schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area alone, there are 700 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $73,980. Writers and authors in this area earn $73,020/yr and there are 840 employed.
San Francisco lies in San Francisco county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area has 982,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $30/hr average worker wage, and a $61,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in San Francisco are held by writers and authors, and 1/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 3 creative writing schools in San Francisco, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of San Francisco comes out as the most expensive ($23,821/yr) for creative writing students, with San Francisco State University as the lowest, reported at only $10,744/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from San Francisco|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||7.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||16.4 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||16.9 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||21.7 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||24.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||26.3 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||38.2 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||46.3 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||59.8 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||73.4 miles|