San Francisco

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San Francisco’s first-place ranking reflects its many attractions, yet it presents some challenges for college students. Its proximity to Silicon Valley and prestigious internship opportunities make it an attractive destination. But high rents mean that students are likely to face long commutes or overcrowding. In fact, San Francisco ranks eighth in economic climate, due in large part to such high rents and despite a large concentration of the workforce employed in the innovation economy. The Bay Area compensates by topping the charts as first among our major metros in quality of life and second in demographics. The region’s natural beauty, strong network of mass transit, racial and ethnic diversity, and array of eateries and bars translate to a dynamic urban life that is a magnet for both college students and recent college grads.

#1 San Francisco

POPULATION: 4,595,792
STUDENTS: 364,608
RANKING DETAIL:
#2 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#1 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#2 CITY ACCESS
#2 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#8 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#6 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#5 LABOR FORCE
#4 INNOVATION
#15 RENT

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