San Francisco has a great reputation though many can debate the merit of all the praise. Still, San Francisco was named one of the best 100 Best Places to Live by
U.S. News & World Report for its job market, culture, food, nature, overall quality of life, and more! Are we surprised by this? Not even a little. There are many reasons why we find San Francisco to be one of the best places to live. Let’s see why the 415 made this list:
1. Job Market
On a scale of 1-10, the job market rating here is nearly 9. Jobs abound here in tech, business, healthcare, real estate, and more.
Believe it or not, San Franciscans have great weather compared to the extreme contrasts in cities like New York or Chicago. This is a city built for year-long outdoor activity. Now, try jogging in a snowstorm in Denver or Boston?
3. Nature and the Outdoors
San Francisco truly values the great outdoors. There are over 220 parks and open spaces like the Presidio dotted throughout the city.
4. Cutting-Edge Technology & Innovation
Like the techies or not, San Francisco, and of course Silicon Valley, has always been a hub for world-changing innovation. Unlike other more conservative places, the city is attractive for movers and shakers.
The lifestyle priorities of San Francisco compared to most if all American cities are unique. Year round temperate weather and civic engagement have created a one of a kind place to live.
6. Distinct Neighborhoods
Each neighborhood has distinct and memorable characteristics. Neighborhoods like the Mission District, The Castro, Pacific Heights, Chinatown, and North Beach pictured above ---- are varied and dynamic on their own.
7. International Appeal
The multicultural mix of professionals, to entrepreneurs, to students, and more are inspired to move to the 415 from around the world.
8. Bohemian Lifestyle
San Francisco has been the heart of the bohemian lifestyle for many decades. From Hippies to arty tech types to artists, San Francisco has always been a great place for the bohemian and nontraditional way of life.
9. World-Renowned Food
In 2015, Bon Appetit named San Francisco the best food city in the country. You’ll also find a ridiculous amount of James Beard Award winners and Michelin stars here.
10. Proximity to Great Wine
Wine is appreciated here more than any other major city in the USA. Napa Valley is only an hour-and-15-minute drive away. The wine here is some of the best in the world.
This is an obvious one. Just look at all of the iconic and stunning attractions. It’s gorgeous.
12. Civic Pride and Rights
Not many American cities have the same sense of civic engagement. The large scale diversity, passion for social justice and equality have created a politically and culturally active community.
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