This is why San Francisco is the best city for young professionals!

Learn why job seekers are loving San Francisco.

Editorial Team

By Editorial Team

street view in San Francisco

There are dozens of things to love about San Francisco. For instance, the architecture, the water, the people, the food, the arts scene, the events – the list goes on and on.

Did you know, though, that the City by the Bay is also ranked as one of the best cities for young professionals?

Recently, a survey ranked SF as one of the top cities in the United States for young people starting their careers. To make this determination, Niche looked at factors like affordability, access to social spots like restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, beaches, and job opportunities.

San Francisco also got an A+ for nightlife, diversity, and health and fitness opportunities.

For people who want to streamline their move to SF, Blueground rents out beautiful, centrally-located, thoughtfully furnished, and equipped apartments for long periods of time – ranging from a month to a year or longer. Everything for a fresh start in the Bay Area will be ready for you the day you arrive.

Also, guests have access to an app that allows you to schedule cleaning, request maintenance, and much more.

Blueground wants tenants to look forward to their moves and enjoy their new cities as a local would. With that in mind, here is a list of San Fran’s biggest perks for job seekers, as well as a few of the best neighborhoods to check out.

Why do job seekers love San Francisco?

When people think of San Francisco, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Silicon Valley.

And for a good reason – it’s what places SF among the best cities for young professionals. Silicon Valley is one of the world’s foremost tech hubs, home to mega-campuses belonging to companies like Google and Facebook.

Thanks in large part to the Valley, San Fransisco saw 35% job growth in the years between 2010 and 2018. Compare that to the 14% experienced by the U.S. as a whole, and it’s clear how fast the area is booming.

Above all, between 2017 and 2018, San Francisco added about 19,000 new jobs.

San Francisco is about much more than tech companies, though. Its opportunities extend beyond Silicon Valley. A whopping 22 Bay Area companies made Glassdoor’s 2019 list of “Best Places to Work.” The companies named include In-N-Out, Zoom Video Communications, Facebook, Procore Technologies, LinkedIn, and Salesforce, among others.

Where to live in San Francisco: Top 4 neighborhoods for job seekers

It’s obvious that the job prospects in San Francisco are out of this world, but where should you live when you get there?

Here are a few of the city’s best-loved barrios:

1. Mission Bay

Just across from AT&T Park, Mission Bay is SF’s newest up-and-coming area. It offers wide streets, luxury apartments, and bayside views. Popular among millennials and job seekers, Mission Bay is just under an hour by car from Silicon Valley and only about 15 minutes from the Financial District.

busy street with a moving Tram in San Francisco

The area is a favorite among ambitious young professionals and has quickly become the go-to for tech industry workers, scientists, and marketing professionals. This gives the neighborhood a vibrant, brainy feel.

If you live here, you’re within walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, coworking spaces, and parks.

2. Showplace Square

With an overall Niche Grade of A+, Showplace Square is home to just over 11,000 people. Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the city, Showplace provides an urban feel that’s popular with young families and professionals alike.

Luxury apartments abound here, and residents are within walking distance of dozens of coffee shops, parks, restaurants, and dive bars.

3. South Beach

Once home to dilapidated waterfront warehouses, South Beach is now a trendy zone for millennials and other young professionals. Come here for the modern apartments, and stay for the boutiques, clubs, and cafes.

Offering stunning views of the Bay, South Beach is a clean, safe, and vibrant place to set up shop. Bordered by Mission Bay, the Financial District, and SoMa, South Beach is a great place for busy professionals to call home.

4. Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill is uniquely San Francisco. It offers sprawling views of the waterfront. It is bordered by Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, the Financial District, and North Beach.

Landscape with tall buildings in Telegraph Hill San Francisco


The neighborhood offers picturesque apartments and beautiful homes.

All in all, sprawling over hillsides that look up at Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill offers outstanding architecture, dozens of funky bars, restaurants, and even a flock of wild parrots.

It’s time to get excited about relocating

Living in San Francisco promises to be a lot. This is indeed one of the best cities for young professionals, and it’s easy to see why. The area is a vibrant bustle of things to do, things to eat, places to go, and things to explore.

If you’re heading to the city to pursue a new career opportunity, you’ll find it’s pretty easy to integrate all of these attractions into your daily work life.

Young, ambitious professionals populate the city. Meaning, work, and play are both a large part of the culture here. Moving can be a significant process.

All in all, we guarantee though that you’re going to feel right at home once you settle into this vibrant, work-friendly metro.

Other American cities that rank highly with young professionals

Our list was formed from mixed criteria such as having a range of entry-level jobs, favorable commuting times/public transportation options, fabulous after-work/weekend activities, and affordability. This list of 10 Best American Cities for Young People makes the case and point for each, including San Francisco.

  1. Albany, NY
  2. Des Moines, IA
  3. Nashville, TN
  4. Boston, MA
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. Huntsville, AL
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Seattle, WA
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