Many area towns were built in the 18th century and most feature central squares surrounded by small businesses and residential neighborhoods.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.San Francisco is among the top 10 metro areas for population density, with more than 800,000 people packed into a central city the size of Disney World. is well known for its eccentricities, but it is also a high-functioning city.
San Francisco also ranked ninth on the 2011 list of America's Most Literate Cities.
The job market is holding up better than it is in most cities, and foreclosures are much less of a problem than they are elsewhere in California.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) anchors one of the most efficient regional transit systems in the United States, and the system continues to grow.
Both San Francisco and its huge woodsy park, the Presidio, have been honored as bicycle-friendly locales.
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