Niche Madness City Tournament: Final Round

Niche Madness City Tournament: Round 3

This is it!

The final round of Niche’s end-of-the-year “Best Of” city tournament is here, and we’re down to two cities. Last week, Niche’s hometown Pittsburgh was sent packing along with Southern charmer Charleston (at least they have better weather to return to!). Now it’s down to two for the title of “City of the Year.”

From Monday at 12 p.m. EST to Sunday at midnight, the polls will be open. Vote below in the Niche Madness College Tournament bracket (then check out our City bracket).


City on the Hill vs. City on the Beach

609,942 residents1,296,437 residents
Median rent: $1,238Median rent: $1,294
42% have a bachelor's degree or higher41% have a bachelor's degree or higher
Top College: MITTop College: University of San Diego
Lobster versus salsa. Dunkin’ Donuts versus Pannikin Coffee & Tea. Boston and San Diego are a little more than 3,000 miles from each other, but have a few things in common like average rent (around $1,200) and the number of people with bachelor’s degrees or higher (around 40 percent).

It may not have been a great year for Boston’s revered Red Sox, but it was for the city itself. Giving yet another meaning to “Boston Strong,” Boston Marathon runners turned out in record numbers in 2014, a year after the Boston Marathon bombing. While security was high, it was no match for resilience.

On the West Coast, San Diego set a personal record, as nearly 33.8 million people visited America’s Finest City in 2014. But there’s brains behind this beauty. Of the biotech innovations that made The Scientist’s annual Top 10 list, five of the magazine’s products came from San Diego companies, including the first-place one.

Vote below on which city should be named Niche’s first “City of the Year.”

Boston San Diego
Polls open Monday, December 22, at noon and close Sunday, December 28, at midnight. The winner will be announced on December 29!