In 2011, Boston was ranked the fifth most literate big city in the United States, and a high share of area residents have a college degree.The city's parks are big and exceptionally good, with several designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.The metro area also offers nearly 120 miles of Atlantic coastline and lots of dedicated bike paths. Massachusetts is a great place to be retired from a government job or the military because most payments from public pensions are exempt from state taxes.Locals bond over sports: The Red Sox and New England Patriots have become regular contenders; the Celtics are synonymous with Boston hoops tradition; and the Bruins have the second-most Stanley Cup victories by a U. And metro Boston is a major center of medical talent, with a very high concentration of physicians, hospital beds per capita and teaching hospitals.Although traffic congestion and commute times are bad in San Francisco, driving is often optional.Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) anchors one of the most efficient regional transit systems in the United States, and the system continues to grow.
The University of California, San Francisco, is exclusively devoted to health and medical education, which contributes to a high number of physicians per capita.Rates of smoking and obesity are low, so the metro area has low mortality from heart disease and low rates of hypertension.Because traffic congestion is a serious problem in the city, many locals use the region's excellent subway system or walk or bicycle to work.Both San Francisco and its huge woodsy park, the Presidio, have been honored as bicycle-friendly locales.San Francisco's universities are yet one more place for older singles to meet up.
In the 1960s and '70s, San Francisco achieved mythical status as the land of free love.