San Diego was named by U.S. News & World Reports as the 22nd Best Place to Live in the U.S. in 2017 in a recent ranking. The magazine looked at 100 of the nation’s largest metro areas and guess what …
L.A. lagged a wee bit behind us, finishing at 88th..
Have fun up there, Dean Spanos …
San Diego happened to notch a perfect 10 in the “Desirability” category. The magazine used a Google Consumer Survey to poll people nationwide to find out in which of the metro areas they would most like to live.
We kind of slipped in “Value,” notching only a 4.4. (Grrr…home prices …)
U.S. News & World Report looked at a host of other variable to determine the order. “To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life,” it noted.
“The metro areas included in the rankings are evaluated using data from trusted sources like the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and U.S. News' own internal resources.”
Austin, Texas, finished first, followed by Denver. San Jose came in third. The only other California city to top San Diego was San Francisco, which finished 16th.
When it comes to San Diego, the magazine said this:
"San Diego offers world-class dining, professional sports and entertainment options typical of a large metro area, but the patchwork of distinct neighborhoods fosters strong community ties. Residents gather at festivals and farmers markets, meet friends at beaches and parks and regularly bump into friends and acquaintances in local bars and restaurants."
And when it comes to L.A., the magazine said this:
“Just as surely as the positive platitudes are true (of Los Angeles), so are the negative ones. Notorious traffic jams and hours of delays are the norm for those who drive the more than a dozen freeways that cover the total 34,149 square miles of Los Angeles.”
Here’s a link to the full list.
FYI: Even Youngstown, Ohio, beat L.A.