Thursday, October 20, 2005

List Mania!

San Francisco is at or near the top of a couple recent city-ranking lists lately.

The first, by the consulting firm Runzheimer International, found that San Francisco was the second-most expensive city in the U.S. (after Manhattan). They calculated that the average family of four would need $122,007 a year to have a fairly comfortable lifestyle with two cars. (Hmm... as a family with no kids and only one car, I think maybe that's optimistic.) It would take $146,060 to do that in Manhattan, the study found.

1. Manhattan: $146,060
2. San Francisco: $122,007
3. Los Angeles: $117,726
4. San Jose: $108,506
5. Washington, D.C.: $102,589

The second, by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, named San Francisco as the No. 1 tourist city in the U.S.:

1. San Francisco
2. Santa Fe
3. Charleston, S.C.
4. New York
5. Chicago

Also, San Francisco was the No. 2 tourist city worldwide, beat out by Sydney. (I'm kind of surprised Santa Fe scored so high, but I guess some people like that sort of thing.)

Apparently the survey's respondents said they were fond of the city's "only in San Francisco" quirkiness. So it's good to see people enjoy being heckled by crazy shirtless men.

We had a bit of a "only in San Francisco" moment last night. Kelly and I were walking home (not even holding hands or anything), and some truck driver shouts out, "Your happiness is an example to us all!!" But he said it in kind of a harsh way, like maybe he was being sarcastic. Who says that?