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San Diego recognized as one of America's Best Cities

SAN DIEGO – The accolades keep rolling in, like a perfect wave, for America’s Finest City.

Today, San Diego was cited as one of America’s 50 Best Cities by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Just the other day, San Diego was rated as one of the richest cities in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. San Diego ranks No. 5 in the nation with a median household income of $61,000.

Last week, the San Diego neighborhood of North Park ranked as one of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods," according to Forbes magazine.

To determine the 50 best cities, Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on leisure and education attributes, economic factors, crime statistics and air quality and factored in whether the cities had professional or minor league sports teams.

The Top 10 cities:

1. San Francisco
2. Seattle
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Boston
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Denver
7. New York City
8. Austin, Texas
9. San Diego
10. St. Paul, Minn.

Here is the reason cited for San Diego’s ranking:

If weather were the leading data point in these rankings, San Diego might be No. 1. As it is, the city comes in with a strong 9th-place finish thanks to its relative safety, gorgeous beaches, and 16 colleges. For San Diego residents, picking which beach can be the hard part. Coronado lies just to the south, La Jolla to the north, with Mission Beach in between.

Bars: 189
Restaurants: 3,126
Museums: 53
Libraries: 52
Pro sports teams: 2
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 36
Colleges: 16
Percent with graduate degree: 10.9
Median household income: $79,269
Percent unemployed: 9.2

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