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San Rafael: #11 Most Exciting Small City in America

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Cool things just keep happening! San Rafael was named the #11 Most Exciting Small City in America by The criteria was as follows to declare the top most exciting small cities, with a population between 50,000 to 60,000 residents:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 (the higher the better) 

Here's how we ranked in the categories above:

  1. Nightlife: 41
  2. Live music venues: 3
  3. Active life: 8
  4. Fast food: 14
  5. Non-fast food: 3
  6. Young residents: 57
  7. "Big Deal" score: 27.25
  8. Overall: #11 Most Exiciting Small City 

Earlier this year, Movoto named Oakland the Most Exciting City in America. It's great to see another Bay Area city included in a "most exciting" list by Movoto.

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