Is it possible to Rank highly for a city nearby without PO boxes or Virtual offices?

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Supose a plumber lives in Riverdale CA and wants to rank highly for San Diego CA. His physical address is in Riverdale so that is easy to rank for. Is it nearly impossible to compete with other businesses with a San Diego address in San Diego? I've heard of using PO boxes and virtual offices but feel like these methods are old news. What is the proper ethical way to rank in a city that you serve and might be just a few miles down the road even though your address lists a different city?
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Thompson
    You ever find anything on this working on a similar task myself
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    • Profile picture of the author Letsurf
      No one has replied yet but I'm starting to think it's one of those subjects not many people really know about. Local service based businesses are still ranking highly using p.o. boxes, virtual offices, and residential home addresses but when Google starts to weed those options out what are we supposed to do? Does it mean that a business that has a physical office just auto wins for ranking over someone who doesn't have a brick and mortar? It looks like a lot of weight is being put on simply having your physical address listed on your site and citations.
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