Storm Bear

What are San Francisco Values?

Filed By Storm Bear | May 04, 2007 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: economic policy, GDP, san francisco, values

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Exactly what are the values of San Francisco and the greater San Francisco Bay Area? Even though my job is based in North Carolina, most of my client work is from San Francisco. Why? Because that is where the money is.

San Francisco and the greater San Francisco Bay Area consists of 10 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco County, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma.

So let's break down the values of San Francisco Bay Area and the impact of those values.

The City Itself:
2nd most recognizable maritime landmark in the world - Golden Gate Bridge.

14th largest city in America.

Nation's only moving National Historical Monument - The Iconic Cable Cars.

Golden Gate Park is one of the best urban parks in the nation and larger than NYC's Central Park.

The most perfect weather year round, ask Mark Twain.

Coffee houses started in San Francisco.

The martini was invented in San Francisco.

San Francisco is the Nation's only Beta World City.

Business and Economics:
Best city in the nation for small business - city actively keeps out big box stores and makes chains compete with local businesses.

Executive Travel magazine named San Francisco International Airport the Best Airport in the United States.

Newsweek Budget Travel named San Francisco International Airport the "best airport in the United States for business travelers."

Intel named San Francisco "the most unwired" city in America, based on the number of public and commercial wireless access points, local wireless networks, wireless e-mail devices and Internet penetration.

San Francisco's Moscone Center is voted best convention center by the readers of Meetings West magazine.

A leading position in global trade, with exports larger than all but one U.S. state.

The highest economic productivity in the nation-almost twice the U.S. average.

The highest density of venture capital firms in the world, with 32% of total U.S. venture capital funding invested in the region.

More Fortune 500 companies than any region except New York.

The highest internet penetration of any U.S. region.

Third best prepared city for an oil crisis in the nation. Nearby Oakland is 10th.

Fifth highest median income in the nation.

6 of the top 100 cities for highest median income are in the Bay Area.

The 10 counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay are responsible for almost 20% of the Nation's GDP.

Wells Fargo estimates that there are 180,000 millionaire households in the Bay Area, 10% of which have $5 million or more in assets.

San Francisco Bay Area is the 24th largest economy IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

Health and Recreation:
Men's Health magazine named San Francisco "Healthiest City in America 2005."

Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted San Francisco the #1 travel destination in the United States.

Runner's World names San Francisco the #1 running city in the U.S.

San Francisco was named among the Top 10 Best U.S. Walking Cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Meetings West magazine selected San Francisco as the "Best Vacation Spot."

North American Travel Journalists Association presented a Five-Star Award to San Francisco for "Best North American Destination."

Motorcyclist Magazine names San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area as the greatest place in America to ride a motorcycle.

Major League teams include the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks.

People and Culture:
Reader's Digest voted San Francisco as the "best pet-friendly" city in the nation.

North American Travel Journalists Association presented a Five-Star Award to San Francisco for "Most Hospitable City."

San Francisco is named "the rockingest city in the U.S.A.," according to a study by Scarborough Research, surveying more than 200,000 people. More San Franciscans go to rock concerts than any other city in the country.

San Francisco was named the top restaurant town in America for the sixth straight year in Bon Appetit magazine.

One of the highest standards of living in America.

Public transportation is so good, you do not need a car.

Yoda lives in San Francisco, so does Captain Kirk.

Ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live.

Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the best cities for singles.

The San Francisco Bay Area has a very diverse religious life with thousands of churches, mosques, temples, and other religious centers. The Bay Area is home to Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and numerous other religious communities. Local Seminaries include Fuller Theological Seminary, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Saint Patrick Seminary.

Science and Education:
The nation's largest concentration of national laboratories, corporate and independent research laboratories, and leading research universities.

The largest number of top-ten ranked graduate programs in business, law, medicine and engineering in the nation.

The highest level of patent generation in the nation, with more patents generated per employee than any other major metropolitan area.

The most highly educated workforce in the nation, with the highest percentage of residents with graduate and professional degrees.

Money Magazine rates San Francisco as one of America's smartest cities.

Environmental: ranks San Francisco the #1 most sustainable city in the United States.

San Francisco ranks among the top five cleanest cities in the U.S. in Reader's Digest's first ranking of American's Cleanest Cities.

Third best air quality in the nation.

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What in the hell does, "San Francisco is the Nation's only Beta World City." mean? What's a Beta World City? Did BushCo rename the Earth and make SF the new world capital? Damn, he's sneaky.

Here is a Wiki link for Beta World Cities. I had no idea what they were until I research the article.