innovative cities san francisco

San Francisco residents have long lives, high incomes and are well-educated. With a host of educational and economic initiatives available to residents, life in the City by the Bay is likely to keep getting better.

Residents enjoy plenty of green spaces due to programs like Pavement to Parks, which turns underused areas of land into pedestrian spaces. There's also a ton of farmer's markets, a composting program and city-supported urban gardens.

The city has the country's highest minimum wage, a city-funded college savings program for kids and a public housing system that focuses on not just building places to live but revitalizing communities at the same time. (Photo: Noah Clayton/Getty Images) --J.E.

San Francisco's million-dollar bet on education

First published October 7, 2014: 1:15 AM ET