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A Startling Map of How Much Whiter San Francisco Will Be in 2040

While diversity in the outer Bay Area is rising, its core county is getting more homogenous.
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San Francisco's share of people of color is declining, while diversity in every other Bay Area county is climbing, according to a new demographic profile of the region released by the social equity group PolicyLink. The report predicts that by 2040, San Francisco will be the whitest county in the region—a startling difference from the 1980s, when the city was an island of diversity in an otherwise homogenous region.

"Its startling because the city’s diversity and identity as a progressive, inclusive city is seriously at-risk," says Sarah Treuhaft, director of Equitable Growth Initiatives at PolicyLink, and a San Franciscan. "In fact, an honest look at the data show it is becoming a mirage."