It might never occur to you to move to a new place based on its first letter, but if you're looking for a new city that's
sensational, scintillating, sizzling, and super, why not? Some of the best places to live start with the letter “S,” whether you love crisp New England snow, sultry Southern nights, or swanky West Coast culture.
Social San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is easily one of the greatest places to live. The notoriously cultured city welcomes people from all walks of life, so within a few days it will feel like home. Better still, from the nightclubs and theaters to the restaurants and culturally relevant districts, you're surrounded by activities and opportunities. Other sensational California cities include Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.
Sophisticated Seattle, WA
Known for the grunge movement, the hipster culture, excellent coffee, and tech-savvy residents, Seattle manages to give off a sophisticated yet relaxed vibe. At the very least, you'll get to feel like you're living in “Grey's Anatomy.”
Seriously, though, Seattle's infamously rainy days are both soothing and invigorating. Though you're in the city, nature surrounds you. You can shop for fresh food at Pike Place, take the ferry boats when you like, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Puget Sound. However, if Seattle isn't your thing, consider Spokane, Sunnyside, or quaint Sequim.
Southwestern San Antonio, TX
San Antonio offers a different kind of historical relevance. Although it's younger and hipper than you might expect, you also get all the glory of the Alamo and the stories associated with it. Summertime in the city is absolutely dazzling, thanks not just to the near-constant sunshine but also to activities like the famed River Walk, the Art & Jazz Festival, and the Fiesta Noche del Rio. You could also consider San Juan, Seven Oaks, or South Padre Island.
Spooky Salem, MA
If you like the idea of a haunted hometown, Salem, MA, deserves a place on your list. Filled with points of historical relevance, from the House of Seven Gables to the Salem Witch Memorial, it's still as bewitching as it was in the 17th century. It's a tourist town in the summer and fall, but its charm lasts all year.
Welcome and open, the wide cobbled streets are gorgeous. You can always find a farmers market and the sea breezes salt the air no matter what the season. It's filled with small businesses as well, and close enough to Boston, Providence, and other New England hotspots that you'll never get tired of exploring. You could also try Salisbury, Somerville, or even Salem, NH.
Spirited St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is a dream for sports fans, foodies, craft beer enthusiasts, and those who enjoy a mix of relaxation and excitement. Recognizable by that unmistakable arch, the spirit of St. Louis is definitely alive and well. A French past adds some sophistication, and it throbs with a love of ragtime and blues. You'll find museums and symphonies right alongside the Cardinals and the Rams. Even if you try Saint Paul, Stover, or Summersville, you're still close by.
Have you ever picked a city based on its first letter? Would you?