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Los Angeles vs San Francisco: 25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better

We want an answer to the age-old question - Los Angeles vs San Francisco: which city is better?

David Cross

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1. The Weather Is Perfect

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user szeke


In Los Angeles it is 80 degrees and sunny almost all the time. Through San Francisco’s fog, on the other hand, you’re only aware that the sun is out because of the icon on your weather app.

2. Angelinos Push “Start” to Climb

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user by chacrebleu


Los Angelinos do most of their climbing on StairMasters and ellipticals. In San Francisco, however, climbing hills is just a part of daily life—whether you like it or not.

3. Beaches Are Made for Swimming

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Drongowski


A nice day at the beach in L.A. involves something San Franciscans might not be very familiar with: swimming. Yes, while San Franciscans are huddled against the wind in jeans and sweatshirts on the beach, but down in L.A. people (in bathing suits!) can actually get in the water.

4. Everyone Is Beautiful

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user MingleMediaTVNetwork


Nothing personal, San Francisco, but L.A. really is the land of beauty. It is a place of sun-kissed, healthy, active young folks, where celebrities and super-celebrities alike can roam the streets and fit right in.

5. My Apartment Is Twice the Size and Half the Price as Yours

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Jeremy Levine Design


California is pretty expensive overall, but San Francisco is like a gold-plated principality inside of a state when it comes to cost. The cost of living in San Fran is twice the national average! All that just to live in perpetual drizzle? You guys are crazy!

6. We Brought You the Dude

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user vidmon


Not only was “The Big Lebowski” filmed in L.A. and set in L.A., but the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, is actually from L.A. San Francisco—you’re out of your element in this one.

7. We Have Driveways

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Clinton Steeds


For all of you San Franciscans reading this, let me remind you: A driveway is that thing in front of your house that leads into the garage. You know, where you put your car. And you don’t have to worry about getting towed or ticketed. Yes, it is nice.

8. There Is Space

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Atwater Village Newbie


You know that expression “you can’t swing a cat without hitting somebody”? In San Francisco, that’s true. L.A. may have a much larger population, but it is a lot more spread out. Also, San Fran, why are you going around swinging cats? Oh I know why…


9. San Francisco Is Crazy

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco
I don’t mean that in the fun, “Oh, you nut!” crazy kind of way. I mean, the City by the Bay is chock-full of people who have clearly left their minds, not their hearts, somewhere far away from San Francisco. Just walk out your door and you’re bound to find someone screaming about ketchup, and yes, probably swinging a cat.

10. We’re a Quick Trip to the Magic Kingdom

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Disneyland


In 30 minutes we can hop in our cars and be at the most magical place on Earth: Disneyland. In San Francisco, 30 minutes gets you to… Oakland. I guess they have magical fairy dust there too, though.

11. Mexican Food You Can Taste

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Border Grill Los Angeles


We have Border Grill, Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita, Chichen Itza, and El Parian—just to name a few. Sure San Francisco has got some good Mexican food in The Mission, but it isn’t great. And you know what makes great Mexico food, S.F.? Spice. Look it up.

12. Mexican Food… In Mexico

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user photographerglen


What’s better than Mexican food in L.A.? Taking a short two-hour drive down the coast, and then actually grabbing some Mexican food in Mexico. Drive two hours south of San Francisco and you’re in…Salinas.

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13. Our Streets Are Clean

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Prayitno/ more than 1.25 million views: thank you!


Okay, sure, maybe our skies are a little smoggy, but at least in Los Angeles you can walk down the street without having to worry about stepping in human urine—or on the human himself.

14. We Have Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Soruce: Flickr user daryl_mitchell


Do you, San Francisco? Do you have a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles? ‘Nuff said.

15. Healthy Options Galore

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Cafe Gratitude


Los Angeles is the home to more health food stores, restaurants, juice bars, vegan, vegetarian, raw, paleo, any-trendy-diets-you-can-imagine-specialty spots than anywhere I’ve ever been. Sure, the famous Café Gratitude may have started out in San Francisco—but soon enough it came to its senses and moved to a better part of California.

16. The Dodgers

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Fintrvlr


Don’t get too cocky about your current rank, Giants. The Dodgers have won the National League West 11 times, compared to your eight and we’ve advanced to postseason as the wild card twice. How many times have you done that?


17. We ARE the Movies

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user photographerglen


All over the world, Los Angeles is known as THE home of the entertainment industry. Movies, sketch writing, improv, television shows, fashion, modeling… it all starts here. Hollywood, baby!

18. Our Dogs Actually Like it Here

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Lee J Haywood


Not only are the businesses in Los Angeles super dog-friendly, with a number of doggy hotels, doggy yogas, dog beaches, etc., but our houses and yards are actually large enough for our dogs to spread their legs. Also, when our dogs walk down the street, they’re not confused by all of the (non-dog) smells.

19. We Have UCLA

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Monica’s Dad


Everyone—and I mean everyone, all over the world—knows about UCLA’s amazing film school. But they also have solid fine arts, business, engineering, public affairs, sciences, the Law School… Okay, really, they are ranked among the top 25 in more majors than I can even list.

20.You Won’t Get Mugged in Silver Lake

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user rawkblog4


Silver Lake is to L.A. as the Mission is to S.F. It is young, artsy, unique—but in Silver Lake, you don’t need to worry about that guy on the corner—he’s just a hipster. In the Mission, though, he’s probably trying to steal your wallet.

21. We Have the Greek Theatre

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user donielle


Nestled in the trees and hills of Los Angeles, OUR Greek theatre is the BEST music venue in Cali. It may not be the original– but it is certainly the newer and improved. How many Russell Brand movies have been made about the Berkeley Greek Theatre, SF?

22. We Have the Getty Center

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: The Getty Museum


The building and the grounds around the museum are a work of art on their own—and that’s before you even walk in the doors. Compared to the Getty, anything in San Francisco is just a gallery. The Getty has western art dating all the way back to the Middle Ages, whereas San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art—is closed for construction.

23. We Bring the THUNDER!

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Flickr user Neil Kremer


Remember thunder, San Franciscans? Remember rainstorms? Remember how nice it is to feel cozy inside while the rain splatters on the roof and thunder and lightning shakes the earth?

24. We Have a Night Life

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Circus Disco


Los Angeles is known all over the world for its nightlife—we have clubs like the discreet and super swank Winston’s and the Hideout. There is the Viper Room, Spider Club, and the Standard. There are late-night spots like Karma Lounge, Circus Disco, and King King… What is late night in San Francisco? Midnight?

25. Even Our Name Is Better

25 Reasons Los Angeles Is Better than San Francisco

Source: Wikipedia


Honestly, which would you rather visit: The City of Angels, or… Fog City? That’s what I thought.

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posted on: October 23, 2013
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6 Comments

  1. Jessica

    I definitely disagree. I think San Francisco is way better than LA.

  2. Jude

    Both cities have their strengths and weaknesses. I live in L.A. and there are some things I love about it and some things I hate about it; same thing for San Francisco. The biggest downside to SF for me though would be the higher cost of living and the cooler climate.

  3. vinetbhat

    los angeles is ranked 50th and san francisco is ranked 1st in best cities of america to live

  4. Smearski

    LA is better, hands down. Why? It just is.

  5. Tiasma

    i lived in SF in the 90’s when SF was still SF. Now it is a yuppy town. More expensive than NYC which is a non sense. Now the city of San Francisco is just for rich kids that are in tech and apps industry. The party seen is not what is used to be. Shopping sucks, very generic. The weather is like being in Ireland in the spring, always chilly. Summer is depressing cold.
    A beach where you can not swim is like having a girlfriend you can have sex with.
    Also everyone is so politically correct that they are actually judgemental on anyone who is not a liberal.
    SF is a beautifull city no doubt about , much more beautiful than LA but paying $2000 for a tiny studio in tenderloin where crackheads are pooping on the street and yell at night, no thank you.
    I now live in LA and like it much better. It is big enough to find what you like. The beaches are great, the weather is amazing. Overall more things to do, more diverse, less judgmental. Jobs are not as good as SF but rent is almost half. Another thing, ladies are way prettier than in SF. Have you ever heard the expression “never more than a seven” well that is SF, where girls are not that hot. Also too many homeless everywhere, dirty streets, freaks walking around everywhere….LA over SF anytime!
    But still think SF is a great town but not a real city to me.

  6. Bianca

    L.A is just jealous that we have tons of cities in SF. That is why we call it THE BAY AREA!!! L.A is just one small city… We have more sports team then L.A Its all about Oakland we got the Golden State Warriors, the 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Oakland a’s, and the San Francisco Giants, San Jose earthqaukes, San Jose Sharks and the Sacramento Kings!! So how you feel about that L.A
    If you can see in L.A when you have a job there you get paid $2 each our that’s how cheep L.A is and that is how expensive we are in the Bay Area we get paid like $10-15 an hour even if it’s a fast food restaurant we still get paid MORE!! How you feel L.A how you feel…there just jealous that they got barely no Money.

 

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