SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- U.S. News released their list of the Best Places to Live Tuesday and three Bay Area cities took center stage.
Ranking 3rd, San Jose was described as "a diverse area with an innovative spirit."
As the gateway to Silicon Valley, the city has enjoyed years of innovation and growing economic and housing markets.
The City by the Bay ranked 16 on the list. U.S. News described San Francisco as,"A beautiful region filled with iconic landmarks, independently owned businesses and trendsetting residents, San Francisco has long followed the beat of its own drum."
With a rich history, vibrant arts districts and growing technological businesses, San Francisco can't help but stand out.
Santa Rosa ranked 52, with an obvious tie to wine country and the beauty of the North Bay. "Santa Rosa, the hub of economic activity in northern California's wine country, welcomes artists of all ages," said U.S. News. "As well as young people, retirees, professionals and those especially interested in wine and high-tech manufacturing."
Click here to see where cities like New York, Los Angeles and Houston fell on the list.