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San Francisco is the nation's most livable city, according to an annual evaluation of urban ambiance by Bloomberg/Businessweek, citing its gastronomical, cultural and economic amenities.

"As long as chilly weather, walking uphill, and really expensive real estate don't turn you off, San Francsco has no shortage of positive qualities," the article declares.

"Not everything is golden in San Francisco, of course," the economic website acknowledges, noting that an "influx of young techies has driven up living costs" and as the city "has grown wealthier, it has lost some of its legendary grit" and has "one of the largest U.S. populations of homeless people."

Seattle was ranked second in livability. San Diego came in ninth and Los Angeles 50th.


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