Boston manages to meld scrappy and intellectual — a relatively small city that is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, bolstered by culture, parks and a fine quality of life.Greater Boston (population 4.5 million) includes the city of Boston (617,594) and more than 100 cities and towns.
The metro area has a high proportion of population age 65 and older, and the age-adjusted health status of that population is among the best in the United States.
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The city has a diverse and tolerant population, with a strong gay and lesbian community and more than 100 distinct neighborhoods. In 2010, Foreign Policy magazine ranked San Francisco as the world's 12th most important city.
San Francisco also ranked ninth on the 2011 list of America's Most Literate Cities.
We also kept an eye on health care resources and costs (although in some cases — notably San Francisco and New York — the sheer single-friendliness of the city trumped its admittedly steep cost of living).