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The Bay Area placed third for the broadcasting metric in this ranking due to the presence of roughly 320 broadcasting and publishing companies in the area. Here, San Francisco and its partnering cities tout their experience in hosting, attracting large crowds and televising international matches — such as the 1994 World Cup; the Women’s World Cup in 1999; and international exhibitions for teams like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester United.
Brookfield Properties recently closed a new office lease at its 5M district office tower in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Specifically, modern home management platform Thumbtack has taken on a full-floor office lease at 415 Natoma St. The leased office space will serve as the firm’s first “Library,” a new concept that provides space for independent work, as well as in-person connections for local team members.
Office space in San Francisco was 63.63% green at the close of the decade, which placed the city second behind Washington, D.C. Here, the city added nearly 7 million square feet of new space across 22 LEED-certified and LEED-proposed buildings since 2010. While this expansion increased green office totals from 56.8 million square feet in 2010 to 63.8 million square feet in 2020, the share of green office space in San Francisco remained at roughly 63% throughout the decade.
Nurturing a local scene that is simultaneously counterculture and cool, the San Francisco metropolitan area ranked fifth among the top cultural destinations for remote workers in the U.S. The metro’s strongest suits were film festivals (for which it earned the third-highest score); the ratio of arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments per 100,000 residents (fourth-best ratio among the metros we compared); and the selection of cultural tours (fifth-highest score).
Boasting invaluable access to the Bay Area’s most dense ecosystem of life sciences companies and intellectual capital — as well as convenient proximity to both UCSF and Stanford University —South San Francisco has maintained a near 0% vacancy rate, while simultaneously claiming the fastest-growing life sciences cluster on the peninsula.
As the launching pad for several high-tech startups — and with a plethora of universities nearby — San Francisco is a welcome home for life sciences. Accordingly, San Francisco ranked first in terms of the local STEM talent pool. Additionally, San Francisco also had the second-largest life sciences real estate market, as well as the second-most space in the pipeline.
San Francisco ranked second-most eco-friendly office market, behind Washington, D.C. Nearly 25% of the properties that make up the San Francisco office market were certified LEED Platinum — the highest percentage for this classification across our top 10 ranking.