BY: Jennifer Flanagan
There is something for everyone to enjoy in beautiful San Francisco. Whether you stay for the food, culture, history, recreation or career development, adventure awaits. As America’s technology hub, you will be surrounded by motivated, creative people who care about their city and wellbeing.
Here are five reasons why we love San Francisco if you’re considering a move to the Bay Area:
1. The weather is mild and comfortable
Unlike Southern California, the weather in San Francisco is cooler and milder in comparison. Even in August, you might find you need a scarf or hoodie to stay comfortable in the midst of a breezy day, depending on which part of the city you’re in. This is because various neighborhoods of San Francisco have their own microclimates, with temperature differences between them, even if you’re only traveling a short distance from one to another.
San Francisco is a great middle ground for those looking to escape New England weather, but aren’t quite ready for the heat commonly found in the South. It is a foggy city, so wearing layers you can alternate is a smart way to stay comfortable throughout the day.
2. The culture is progressive and inclusive
As a birthplace of LGBTQ+ rights in America, San Francisco offers an inclusive and welcoming environment, where residents are encouraged to live authentically and in community. San Francisco was a key player in the counterculture movement in the 1960s and continues to lead the way as a forward-thinking city. With such a diverse community, it’s no wonder San Francisco is a hub for technology and the latest innovative products.
3. The parks are gorgeous
Nothing beats an afternoon picnic in the park, but something about San Francisco brings the experience to a new level. There is an endless amount of outdoor space with stunning views and spots to unwind, including the notable Mission Dolores Park and Alamo Square Park, near the Painted Ladies houses. Pack up your favorite lunch and dog leash, and prepare for a relaxing afternoon of comfortable weather and new friends.
4. The culinary scene is unmatched
Between iconic sourdough bread, farmers’ markets worthy of cinema screens, delicious coffee and more, experienced foodies and newbies alike will be in bliss. The strong sense of cultural diversity in the city brings a wide variety of authentic dishes across every neighborhood, so you can taste cuisine from around the world without leaving California.
For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll love the large quantity of bakeries found throughout the city. You’ll find it’s very easy to grab your favorite pastry or try a brand new one with bakeries all around. Once you’ve filled yourself with orange creamsicle macarons, head over to Ghirardelli Square for a Chocolate Factory Tour, an ice cream sundae and some dark chocolate squares to-go for the hill-filled walk home.
5. The transportation options are plentiful
You will not need a car to live in San Francisco. In fact, you might even want to consider living in the city without a car if possible, to avoid congested traffic and logistically challenging parking situations.
Public transportation is widely available and encouraged. Between Muni buses, light rail Metro trains, and the historic streetcars and iconic cable cars you’ve seen on television, all corners of the city have access to at least one form of accessible transportation. Ride sharing options such as Lyft and Uber, as well as e-scooters, are also very popular options. A lively cycling community and the many hills throughout the city means you’ve stay healthy and fit with ease.