Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
DC ranked very high in a recent poll on this very subject in Money (I think) magazine. If you're a lawyer, there is no better place for jobs. The city and metro-accessible suburbs are fairly pricey, but Capitol Hill staffers seem to get by, so it's definitely doable. As far as culture and entertainment goes, it's no SF or NYC, but it's better than people give it credit for. The weather is definitely better than Boston. There is supposed to be a very favorable male-female ratio that I have not personally witnessed.
+1. I read the same article, though I can't remember where.
My experience of San Francisco exactly parallels what Matt wrote. It's still my favorite city (to visit), but I lived there for a year when I was married and had a family and found practical, real life a pain in the a$$, not to mention hellaciously expensive.
I agree that everyone should experience living in a big city once in his life. Then you'll appreciate living in a small town, but making enough $$ to travel for pleasure.