Average rent: $2,898
Lifestyle perk: Less hipster, more hippy
Total days of sunshine: 260
Average yearly temperature: 57°
What's not to like about San Francisco—it's laid back, diverse, has sports teams that actually win, and is just an all-around postcard-type city that anyone would be happy to call home. Yes, even a hardened New Yorker who hasn't smiled in 364 days.
San Francisco rent isn’t much cheaper than NYC's. Still, the City by the Bay is the mecca for liberal artists, forward thinkers, outdoor enthusiasts, and perhaps most importantly, foodies. There are 42 Michelin-starred restaurants spread out in the greater San Francisco area, including Bar Tartine in the Mission, and Zero Zero in SoMa. While you’re in SoMa, check out the StrEat Food Park, where you’ll find dozens of food trucks ready to serve up gourmet fare at a street price. One stop here, and you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.
With a population of 825,863, Frisco is just a fraction of the size of New York. Still, its dense population and dynamic layout offer that big city feel without all the stress attached with it.