Top 5 Places To Live In The Bay Area

San Francisco Bay is home to dozens of beautiful cities with incredible living potential. With cherished landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in the North Bay area and the technological cutting edge Silicon Valley in the South Bay area, there’s no denying that this little slice of California offers a world of diversity and culture. Whether you’re a native Bay resident looking for a change of pace or an East Coast soon-to-be import, it’s worth taking a few moments to explore the Bay’s top 5 cities before you commit to your move.

San Francisco

Obviously heading the list for the area with its namesake is San Francisco city itself. With a three-sided view of the water, this peninsula city is second only to New York City in terms of population density. If it’s the fast-paced lifestyle of authentic big city living you crave, then San Francisco is the West Coast’s only destination for you. If there are two things you can count on, they are the opportunity for employment at every corner and a diversity of cuisine that staggers the imagination.


Nestled in the rolling hills of the East Bay area and home to the state university system’s oldest institute, The University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley offers some of the most beautiful views of the bay you’ll likely ever encounter. Although it is a densely populated city, it is a tight-knit community. If you’re looking for a place that you can speak your mind and live in peace, then Berkeley could be your perfect match.

Santa Clara

If you eat, sleep, and breathe technology, then you were born to live in Santa Clara. At the heart of the famous Silicon Valley in the South Bay area, Santa Clara proudly provides headquarters for names such as Intel, NVIDIA, and Sun Microsystems. If you are lucky enough to snag an apartment or condo in this city, you’ll never want for technological thrills again.


Love landscape views of the city but don’t want to live there? Albany could be your solution. Another city in the East Bay area, Albany offers a somewhat slower-paced approach to life. With regard to education, its school system is one of the best in the country, with a staggering 96 percent of its graduates going on to attend college. It’s a beautiful blend of city, family, and small town living.

Palo Alto

Another peninsula Bay city, Palo Alto offers a little bit of everything. With companies like Facebook and PayPal, among others, basing their headquarters here, it has the technology. With parts of Stanford University, it has the education. With original, older homes, it has the history and suburban feel. Palo Alto may just be the most well-rounded little big city in the Bay.

Are you reaching for the cardboard boxes now with one of these cities as your intended destination? Well, before you go crazy with the cardboard, think about a more convenient—and much greener way t

o move. Plastic moving boxes that are well made are reusable up to 400 time, so there’s no adding to the landfills or using up energy recycling unnecessarily. Just try to use your cardboard boxes 400 times! The best part about plastic moving boxes is that they can be delivered directly to you in most of the Bay area’s cities! So do the right thing and go green.

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11 Responses to “Top 5 Places To Live In The Bay Area”

  1. asaf nagar says:

    My list differs:

    1 South San Francisco. For being the most awesome place ever to live.

    2 If I can’t have SSF, Pacifica is where I would be.

    3 If I can’t have San Mateo County, Belvedere-Tiburon is pretty cool.

    3 I don’t know if this counts as Bay Area, but Santa Cruz should petion to be incorporated in.

    4 Just because I’m running out of options, San Francisco.

    5 Its kind of far from everything, but Fremont is far-out.

    This list: #GREATNESS

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  6. Ash Sud says:

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  7. Kim Jones says:

    I laugh at the person above who listed Freemont as a cool place. That immediately elimates him/her as a reliable source. That motivated me to write this list to set the record straight. There is no question that the 5 best places to live in the Bay Area are:
    1. San Francisco – for urban dwellers…best food you’ll ever eat!
    2. Los Gatos – for yuppie lifestyle, beautiful hills, great weather, proximity to Silicon Valley and beach (25 min)
    3. Santa Cruz – for trees, ocean, open-mindedness, and lower cost of living than San Jose
    4. Marin – upscale and beautiful but not uptight, close proximity to the city with a slower pace
    5. Los Altos – if you’re rollin’ in it

  8. Ash says:

    Great list Kim! I grew up in Fremont and would agree that with the available selection of awesome cities, its probably not a top 5 city in the Bay Area. Another place to add to the ‘if you’re rollin it’ list would be Sausalito and Tiburon.

  9. Aha says:

    Kim sounds so arrogant (“There is no question”) but ignorant too, because Santa Cruz isn’t really in what is traditionally known as the SF Bay Area.

  10. Greg says:

    Please ignore the first person. With the exception of San Francisco, every place they listed, especially Fremont, sucks. Kim’s list is pretty good, but the kind of people who live in SF are usually not the same people who live in any of the other places she suggested. So I would recommend SF over everything and then create a second list for people who don’t want to live in they city. Also, if you want a Palo Alto feel but more space and prettier and less expensive surrounding cities, Walnut Creek is a good alternative.

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