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Old 10-16-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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I'm a 22 year old male and have some job offers in both cities, and am deciding where my best fit would be.

I've come up with 3 factors that are the most important to me, and those are what I want to base my decision upon:

The 3 factors are:

1.) General Feeling of saftey in the city.

2.) Overall Friendliness of the people.

3.) Overall atmoshpere, and level of excitement that the city offers.

Based on these 3 factors, would you give the edge to San Fran or Chicago?
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Id give the slight edge to Chicago. Safety? Slight edge to San Fran. Most areas in Chicago are very safe, especially downtown, near west side and north sides. The south side has horrible areas (and good ones too) as is most of the west side. Friendliness? Chicago. Excitement? Chicago. Its just larger and has everything San Fran does, just in greater quantities.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Id give the slight edge to Chicago. Safety? Slight edge to San Fran. Most areas in Chicago are very safe, especially downtown, near west side and north sides. The south side has horrible areas (and good ones too) as is most of the west side. Friendliness? Chicago. Excitement? Chicago. Its just larger and has everything San Fran does, just in greater quantities.
I can live with this assessment.

Why dont you visit both and decide for yourself?
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:02 AM
 
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Well, I wouldn't listen to a damn word Steve-o says as he is obviously biased. Just look at half of his postings on here and you will see that they are in defense of Chicago. Honest, if expenses were not an issue, I would easily choose San Francisco. First, San Francisco is a VERY safe city. There are only a few pocket areas (hunters point, tenderloin) that I would be weary of. In terms of friendliness, I would give that to Chicago. Even though Chicago is a bigger city, it often feels like people in SF are just overall more rushed and less apt to talk to strangers. I would easily give the excitement / atmosphere to SF. SF has a limitless amount of things to do. After all, when tourists come to the United States, it is most often NYC or SF that they are coming to visit (Most Visited Tourist Attractions | ForbesTraveler.com (http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/most-visited-tourist-attractions-slide-15.html?partner=playlist&thisSpeed=20000 - broken link)), not Chicago. There is a reason for this. It's not to say Chicago sucks, but San Francisco is just an overall better city. Then take into consideration the weather... Money aside, this is a very easy decision.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Well, I wouldn't listen to a damn word Steve-o says as he is obviously biased. Just look at half of his postings on here and you will see that they are in defense of Chicago. Honest, if expenses were not an issue, I would easily choose San Francisco. First, San Francisco is a VERY safe city. There are only a few pocket areas (hunters point, tenderloin) that I would be weary of. In terms of friendliness, I would give that to Chicago. Even though Chicago is a bigger city, it often feels like people in SF are just overall more rushed and less apt to talk to strangers. I would easily give the excitement / atmosphere to SF. SF has a limitless amount of things to do. After all, when tourists come to the United States, it is most often NYC or SF that they are coming to visit (Most Visited Tourist Attractions | ForbesTraveler.com (http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/most-visited-tourist-attractions-slide-15.html?partner=playlist&thisSpeed=20000 - broken link)), not Chicago. There is a reason for this. It's not to say Chicago sucks, but San Francisco is just an overall better city. Then take into consideration the weather... Money aside, this is a very easy decision.
LOL

Its not that serious. This is after all, subjective to ones personal opinion. I happen to agree with you that San Francisco is more vibrant overall, but we also cover a much smaller area.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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the way I see it,
We're comparing a Monet to a Van Gogh. Both are priceless.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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Monet > Van Gogh!!! His paintings are bigger, and there is more color and vibrancy in a Monet!!! Plus Monet paintings make me feel safe!!

j/k j/k

To the OP, I pretty much agree with the other posters about the two cities.

1) Safer: San Francisco
2) Friendlier: Chicago
3) Overall Vibe/Excitement: both have a great vibe and both offer you plenty to do. Chicago might have more, but San Francisco doesn't lack in variety of things to do. It depends on what you want to do more so than anything else honestly.

You didn't list this in your top criteria, but like anything in life, you always have to consider Cost. San Francisco is the most expensive area to live in the U.S. whereas Chicago is known to be much more affordable.

Does the salary for each job offer differ greatly? Are they pretty much the same?

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Old 10-16-2007, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Monet > Van Gogh!!! His paintings are bigger, and there is more color and vibrancy in a Monet!!! Plus Monet paintings make me feel safe!!

j/k j/k
LOL

Good thing I didnt say Picasso.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Denver
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If you could afford San Fransisco at 22 why the hell not ?
Chicago will always be there.

Later in life at some neighborhood dive, over a beer,
you can tell your buds about the land of fruit and nuts.

...but you'll never forget a truly beautiful part of the country
and unique city with a vibe like no other.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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If you could afford San Fransisco at 22 why the hell not ?
Chicago will always be there.

Later in life at some neighborhood dive, over a beer,
you can tell your buds about the land of fruit and nuts.

...but you'll never forget a truly beautiful part of the country
and unique city with a vibe like no other.
Excuse me? Neighborhood dive? beer? The overwhelming majority of us do not dress in flannel to waddle down to a neighborhood dive. Those are actually more common San Francisco than in Chicago, despite whatever "boutique" feel San Fran struggles so valiantly to place on them.
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