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Old 01-25-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Honestly, this may seem crazy but you're probably better off moving to NYC. The rents right now in SF city are crazy, and you don't want to move to some crap place like Oakland.

I used to work in Finance until like a week ago and had a similar salary starting out. You can live on $60K easily if you move to Roosevelt Island near Manhattan. Plus lots of single, clean-cut guys here (no homo) who aren't hippies or call themselves "progressive".
As a resident of NYC who happens to frequent the Bay Area a lot, all I have to say is that while the Bay Area might be bad in terms of housing costs, NYC is absolutely the worst in the US. When studios for $2,000 are actually not that uncommon, you've got issues. Try buying anywhere in Manhattan apart from East Harlem and the far northern reaches of the island and you're almost a shoe in for $1.5m+. Add that to the additional city tax of around 3% that you won't find in SF proper and you've got yourself a nightmare, even with higher salaries. At the same time, wouldn't trade living in NYC for anything, so it's really a lifestyle decision.

By the way, Roosevelt Island sucks, no matter how much development gets on there. The crack addicts on gurneys rolling around certainly don't do much to help the situation, and you have to use the F…
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Sadly, when I graduated high school I had a whole list of cities to settle in. I have pretty much eliminated all of them due to something. Nowhere is left on the list. I am going to have to build a new list, but since I don't like the snow, most of the US is out.

Original list:
Seattle: too gloomy
Phoenix: too much crazy politics
Miami: Hurricanes
LA: traffic and sprawl
Bay Area: expensive

Where is there left for me to live? I need an NBA team, no snow, and diversity. I might have to reconsider Miami and LA.
I hear you. If I couldn't afford S.F. (and who knows how long I will be able to!) I'd be out of luck.

Some other places you might consider:
Portland, OR
Washington D.C.
Sacramento
New Orleans
Atlanta

Not sure if diversity would be high enough in Portland or Sacramento.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I hear you. If I couldn't afford S.F. (and who knows how long I will be able to!) I'd be out of luck.

Some other places you might consider:
Portland, OR
Washington D.C.
Sacramento
New Orleans
Atlanta

Not sure if diversity would be high enough in Portland or Sacramento.
FYI...Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in California.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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FYI...Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in California.
Cool. Good to know.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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FYI...Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in California.
Yes! If it wasn't for my current situation (my partner's long term career is in the bay area) I would love to live in Sacramento (especially Midtown) again!
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the discussion around this topic. I did get an offer after the job interview, but unfortunately they were only offering $62,000, no relocation help. I just didn't think that was going to be enough for me to live comfortably, based on my current bills, etc. so I turned it down. Maybe some people will think that is crazy, but based on how competitive the rental market is out there and how good I have it here, with a spacious condo that I own, with a 5 minute drive to work, I thought it was best to wait for a better opportunity.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Thanks everyone for the discussion around this topic. I did get an offer after the job interview, but unfortunately they were only offering $62,000, no relocation help. I just didn't think that was going to be enough for me to live comfortably, based on my current bills, etc. so I turned it down. Maybe some people will think that is crazy, but based on how competitive the rental market is out there and how good I have it here, with a spacious condo that I own, with a 5 minute drive to work, I thought it was best to wait for a better opportunity.
You'll definitely afford a much nicer lifestyle in Charlotte.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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I hear you. If I couldn't afford S.F. (and who knows how long I will be able to!) I'd be out of luck.

Some other places you might consider:
Portland, OR
Washington D.C.
Sacramento
New Orleans
Atlanta

Not sure if diversity would be high enough in Portland or Sacramento.
Portland, OR is much too White for the Queen of Diversity
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Portland, OR is much too White for the Queen of Diversity
I've never been there. Some of my friends enjoyed it. I found Seattle nice, but too segregated for me to live there. I imagine Portland is the same. And the weather sucks.

Altlanta is the same in my book. Too segregated. I know there are loads of middle clase + black people. But that just means trading a diverse neighborhood for one where everyone looks like me. Not what I want.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this. I'm in a similar situation. However, my base will be prolly 70k and have a yearly bonus of 20-30%. I'm looking to move from DC to SF, so the cost of living isn't as insane.
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