It appears that only very large cities were ranked. That said, the press release from the outfit that conducted the survey says that Houston actually tied with San Francisco. Something of a surprise.
"In the US, Honolulu, Houston, and San Francisco all take 40th place (score 106.5). Meanwhile, Chicago, New York, and Seattle share position 64 (score 100) in the rankings. The lowest scoring city in North America is Washington D.C, ranked 107 (score 85)."
Oops, the press release I was looking at ranked personal safety only, not overall quality of life.
It appears that only very large cities were ranked.
San Francisco is not all that big actually, from a population POV. Less then a million. It is of course famous as the focal point of the bay area, but San Jose is larger in this area and San Diego even bigger.
So the selection of cities was based on more then size. I think prestige also had something to do with it.
And just to be clear, inspite of my nickname, I do not live in SF. I chose not to raise my children in that seething cesspool of liberalism, homosexual promotion, incestuous politics, repulican demonizing, street defecation...
Hey! But it is a great place to visit!
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