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Boston ranked fourth-best city according to Bloomberg; San Francisco No. 1

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 27, 2012 09:24 AM

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Take that, Portland, Oregon and Denver. And 46 others.

In its annual “America’s Best 50 Cities” roundup, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Boston the No. 4 city in the country, bested only by Washington, D.C., Seattle, and No. 1 San Francisco. The results were based on “leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population), educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and rate of graduate-degree holders), economic factors (income and unemployment), crime, and air quality. Major professional league and minor league teams, as well as U.S.-based teams belonging to international leagues in each city.”

Here’s what Bloomberg had to say about Boston:

“Boston isn’t always one of the nation’s safest towns. But few cities can match Beantown’s blend of history, night life, and education. With 22 universities, Boston can seem very much a college town, owning a grimy charm. As New England’s cultural center, Boston combines Gilded Age class with some Atlantic brine, from L’Espalier to B&G Oysters.”

“Beantown.” Ick.

As for San Francisco:

“The City by the Bay, this year's winner, provides residents with the best blend of entertainment, education, safety, clear air, and a prosperous economic base. As the heart of the Bay Area, San Francisco draws on the prosperity of Silicon Valley and possesses its own diverse history well represented at cultural centers such as the de Young Museum. Residents care fiercely about their cafés and causes; night life flourishes in the Mission and the Castro, while tech companies code away in SoMa.”

Yeah, but do they have a playoff baseball team?

Oh, right.

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