Back in September, Bloomberg’s Businessweek.com released its list of “America’s 50 Best Cities,” and San Francisco topped the list.
The site considered 100 American cities and looked at things like:
- entertainment value (bars, restaurants, sporting events, museums, etc.)
- education (citizens with degrees, quality of public schools)
- economy (unemployment, crime).
They weighted entertainment the most, with education and economy second. While SF finished first in terms of education, it finished 6th in terms of entertainment and in the top 20 for the economy. Overall, those scores were enough to boost it to the top of the list.
A few drawbacks of SF city life, however, don’t seem to factor into the deal. Even people who love the city usually agree with the following downsides:
- Friggin’ expensive rent. According the research company RealFacts, the average rent for a studio (NOT even a one-bedroom) is $2,075.
- Chilly weather
- Hipster factor (maybe a plus, maybe a minus, depending on your point of view and whether you like fixie bikes and handlebar mustaches)
- Driver-unfriendliness of streets, hills, general parking situation
So…let the debate begin! Do you agree that San Francisco is the best American city to live in? We think that as long as you have life insurance, anywhere could be the best place to live. (Yeah, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?)