Money Magazine ranks San Ramon among 'Best Places to Live' in U.S.

City earns highest position for Northern California

San Ramon was the top ranked Northern California city and No. 21 in the nation overall in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live 2016" countdown released this week.

The national publication lauded San Ramon for "its manicured cul-de-sac neighborhoods, plethora of parks and stellar schools," as well as for job opportunities, public and private amenities and low unemployment.

San Ramon was one of two Northern California cities to make Money Magazine's Top 50 list, coming in ahead of Fremont at No. 46. Two Southern California communities made the cut above San Ramon: Eastvale in Riverside County at No. 17 and Irvine in Orange County at No. 20.

Topping the nationwide rankings was Columbia, Md., situated between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The "Best Places to Live" list, which started with all U.S. cities and towns with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, was pared down to the Top 50 through methodology using 60 data points in categories such as employment, taxes, fiscal strength, housing, education, health, crime, arts and leisure, and ease of living, according to Money Magazine officials.

In their San Ramon overview online, Money Magazine writers said most local schools rank 10 out of 10 on their "Great Schools" scale.

They also point to the in-town corporate job options like Chevron and other Bishop Ranch-based companies as well as San Ramon's proximity to Bay Area employment hotspots like Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.

The magazine highlighted the planned City Center Bishop Ranch retail and residential project on Bollinger Canyon Road and nearby public amenities such as Central Park, the Community Center, City Hall and the under-renovation library.

"The big knock against San Ramon," Money Magazine writes, "is, not surprisingly, home prices. Anyone relocating from most other parts of the country will suffer sticker shock. Still, given the $1 million medians in other desirable parts of the Bay Area, an $825,000 median may seem like a bargain."

In its "At a Glance" statistics, the magazine cites San Ramon's population as 78,465 residents, property tax average at $8,273, unemployment rate as 4.9% and commute time as 30 minutes.

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Posted by Greg Doyle
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

Shout out to the excellent and responsive police and fire departments that make San Ramon o very safe place to live!!

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Posted by Eileen
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Yes, San Ramon is great but I don't know where they got the 30 mins for traffic ?
We are all suffering the dreadful traffic congestion, no exceptions. Right now they don't actually have a town center but it will be the icing on the cake once it's built.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:11 am

I am still reeling at the big government mentality of the San Ramon leaders. They tear down very active basketball courts and skate park to build a granite monument called city hall. Why does San Ramon city hall have to be placed on a parcel that was so beneficial to so many San Ramon residents. City Hall could have been built in an area that would not have interrupted this activity.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Have you stopped by the recently refurbished skate park that opened in May? The kids love it.

The city is building two new lighted courts for the community. Construction should start next year.

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