Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

San Francisco Voted America's Best City 2012

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

click to enlarge LEONARDO PALOTTA
  • Leonardo Palotta
Businessweek released its annual "Best Places to Live" rankings today, and San Francisco took the top spot.

Businessweek evaluated 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. and based its rankings on the following, in order of importance:

  • Leisure attributes: Number of bars, restaurants, libraries, museums, parks, pro sports teams (major and minor)
  • Education: Public school performance, number of colleges, amount of people with graduate degrees
  • Economic factors: Unemployment rates, crime, and air quality, which seems more environmental than economic, but we'll take it

Not included in the rankings (to our favor) were how often one must wear a jacket, how far and often one must walk uphill, and amount of time spent crying over rent.

Here's the breakdown:

Rank: 1
Population: 808,854

The City by the Bay, this year's winner, provides residents with the best blend of entertainment, education, safety, clear air, and a prosperous economic base. As the heart of the Bay Area, San Francisco draws on the prosperity of Silicon Valley and possesses its own diverse history well represented at cultural centers such as the de Young Museum. Residents care fiercely about their cafés and causes; night life flourishes in the Mission and the Castro, while tech companies code away in SOMA.

Bars: 394
Restaurants: 3,430
Museums: 70
Libraries: 52
Pro sports teams: 2
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 7
Colleges: 17
Percent with graduate degree: 16
Median household income: $90,640
Percent unemployed: 7.8

70 museums! We didn't even know we had that many. Might be time to brush up on our culture.

Also raising the roof for Bay Area awesomeness in the Top 50 list are Oakland (ranked 31) and San Jose (ranked 33).

While the comments about our No. 1 win are, well, just what we would expect Internet comments to be, we are nevertheless thrilled and unsurprised (and slightly chagrined when it comes to our commute) that S.F. attracts 129,000 tourists every day.

Here's hoping we keep our edge against our neighbor to the north, Seattle, which ranked No. 2, and Portland, which ranked No. 5. For now though, we'll bask in the glory that is living in the best city in the world.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook. Follow Anna Pulley at @annapulley.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Anna Pulley


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"