San Francisco Voted America's Best City 2012
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:
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.
Pro sports teams: 2
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 7
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.
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.