For every 100 black women living in the Bay Area, there are only 88 black men, according to a KQED Lowdown analysis.
This gender imbalance is notably greater than in any other racial group, and reflects the disproportionately high rate of incarceration among black males.
African-Americans made up about 7 percent of the San Francisco Bay Area's total population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Yet they accounted for almost 40 percent of people from the Bay Area in prison. The majority of this prison population is male.
The Lowdown borrowed a methodology used by the New York Times in its April 2015 analysis of “missing black men" nationwide. Across the country, the gender imbalance in the black community is actually higher than it is in the Bay Area: the Times calculated 83 black men for every 100 black women (our analysis found 82 per 100) -- or approximately 1.5 million black men “missing” from daily life.