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It May Cost Way Too Much to Live Here, But at Least We're Cozy

Scott Lucas | January 22, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Yesterday, we told you that SF is the third least affordable home-buying city in the freaking world. Today, we bring slightly rosier news: SF is the second coziest city in the nation. That's right, coziest.

So sink down into a plush love seat, pull a blanket across your lap, fire up some herbal tea, and get ready to have your cotton-swaddle mind blown. Feeling cozy yet? Let's go.

Even if rents cooled ever so slightly in the last three months of 2013, it's still absurdly impossible to afford to live in San Francisco right now. In fact, a recent study found that the city was the third least affordable major metropolitan region in the world. (The average home here sells for 9.2 times the median income.) For those of us who do manage to beg, borrow, or steal our way into shelter, though, there's a silver lining: We're very cozy.

A study commissioned by the makers of Honeywell Infrared Heaters (?) found that we were the second most cozy city in America, behind only Boston. Trailing behind us were Santa Fe, Washington D.C., and Portland. According to the Elle Decor, the researchers used city-wide data on things like fireplace and portable heater usage and coffee shop proximity. (Just to reiterate our long-held point: Weighted indices that don't even publish their inputs, like this one, barely even qualify as magazine science.)

So there you go: You can't afford to be here, but as long as you are, we'll make you comfortable. We're calling it now: San Francisco is the extended hospital stay of cities.

The full list:

10. Savannah, GA
9. New Orleans, LA
8. Providence, RI
7. Baltimore, MD
6. Seattle, WA
5. Portland, OR
4. Washington, DC
3. Santa Fe, NM
2. San Francisco, CA
1. Boston/Cambridge, MA

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