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Best Cities 2010: San Francisco, CA

City: San Francisco

State: California

Best Cities Overall Rank: 54

About San Francisco:

Fun fact: Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for Gold Rush miners who needed durable clothing.

San Francisco has many unique attributes and is known for its Victorian architecture, diverse citizenry, iconic cable cars, hilly landscape, and its intense fog. It's also quite pricey, with a median home selling price of $690, 400. 

County: San Francisco

Population: 808976

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: San Francisco Chronicle 

San Francisco blogs:


The Mommy Files

The Poop

San Francisco's Facebook page: Follow San Francisco on Facebook 

San Francisco's Twitter page: Follow San Francisco on Twitter


Education rank: 93

High School graduation rate 2008: 84.4%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.49

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 11

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.36

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17.7

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,058


Health rank: 43

Quality children's hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.25

Quality Pediatricians: 21

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 2.59

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 26

Violent Crimes, 2008: 6,744

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 833.64

Sex Offenders: 564

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 69.71


Economy rank: 53           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 29.2             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.1           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 898.01

Median Home Sale Price: $690,400                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.62%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 20.35%           


Recreation Rank: 86

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,466           

Parkland per 100,000: 428.44