San Francisco: Most Intelligent and Attractive, Least Affordable

| December 9, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Photo: Arup Malakar, via Flickr

Photo: Arup Malakar, via Flickr

These are dark times in San Francisco. From scary eviction maps to Google bus showdowns to every fourth Facebook friend declaring that they’re moving, it’s easy to forget that we live in a wonderful and inspiring place that hasn’t lost all of its magic just yet. Batkid was a great reminder of that. And Travel+Leisure‘s annual America’s Favorite Cities survey further reminds us that there are still things worth celebrating. Voters ranked San Francisco as the most intelligent (we know how to pronounce Nabokov!), the gay friendliest (John Waters rides MUNI!), and the most attractive (John Stamos is really cute and fake lived here in the ’90s!). But the list also shines a spotlight on the major problem threatening our beloved city: we rank #33 in affordability. Hopefully, all of us smart, hot, and accepting citizens can band together and lead SF back in the right direction.


Yay us? Travel + Leisure’s annual America’s favorite city survey voted San Francisco the country’s most attractive city. Readers could vote for 35 different cities and repeat voting was allowed. Although SF was voted #1 for most attractive people by visitors, it only ranked #18 according to SF residents’ votes.

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Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.
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    Spelling error. You meant “fake lived here” not her. Just solidifying our intelligence part.