San Francisco Is Nation's Second-Densest City

And tight quarters are a good thing, report says.

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    NBC Bay Area
    Densely-populated San Francisco is a good place to live, according to a new report.

    San Franciscans have less room to move and more people around than almost everyone else in the country.

    They also have better health, more safety, and even a shot at longer life.

    Dense urban living is good living, according to "Measuring Sprawl 2014," a report released this week.

    San Francisco is more densely-populated than every other city aside from New York.

    And keeping people close means they can use transportation, walk more, and otherwise avoid the trappings of car culture, the report said.

    San Jose is the 24th-tighest city, with Oakland at 25.

    A chance at fewer car accidents is the main reason why city slickers do well, the newspaper reported, though they also tend to have lower rates of obesity and diabetes, according to the report.

    There's also more economic opportunity in cities, with a "5 percent increase" in poor childrens' chances at making it to the top, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.