U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > San Jose
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-14-2012, 06:20 PM
 
740 posts, read 863,870 times
Reputation: 613
Quote:
two things are expensive here
And #3 - taxes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-17-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
7,763 posts, read 8,930,707 times
Reputation: 3873
The Bay Area faces a looming crisis of governance and general operation of the infrastructure / institutions. The pay scales are not sufficient to cope with our local inflation due to all the outside money pouring in combined with high paid jobs in a few key sectors. The insult to injury is the raft of ultra slow growth land use policies. It's a perfect storm of non affordability.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-18-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Southeast
247 posts, read 157,561 times
Reputation: 248
Quote:
Originally Posted by BayAreaHillbilly View Post
The Bay Area faces a looming crisis of governance and general operation of the infrastructure / institutions. The pay scales are not sufficient to cope with our local inflation due to all the outside money pouring in combined with high paid jobs in a few key sectors. The insult to injury is the raft of ultra slow growth land use policies. It's a perfect storm of non affordability.
It has been this way for decades, I left the Valley in 1994 for several reasons, not the least of which was non affordability. The Valley is a great place to live if you have an excellent ( high paying) job and no kids to worry about. No shortage of things to do, beautiful weather, access to SF, the ocean, wine country and mountains, a variety of high quality fresh foods and diversity of people. But if you spend all your time on the hamster wheel to pay the bills, and then worry about whether the kids will learn to read and write in a fashion that will allow them to excel in life, no amount of great weather, excellent fresh food and recreation will make up for those issues. On 65K a single person or even a married couple without kids could probably manage, add a couple of kids and most people are in for a world of hurt on that salary level in Silicon Valley.

Last edited by WeakandDizzy; 12-18-2012 at 08:58 PM.. Reason: correct date
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 12:56 AM
 
27 posts, read 23,732 times
Reputation: 32
I unfortunately have to agree with all the no's above. San Jose has probably the highest cost of living in the US w/ the possible exception of Honolulu and the highest median home prices. Unfortunately it is not a place for the middle class unless you are willing to make an arduous 2 hour commute from the Central Valley.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 05:19 AM
Status: "orgasmic" (set 18 days ago)
 
459 posts, read 333,778 times
Reputation: 292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan Gregg View Post
I unfortunately have to agree with all the no's above. San Jose has probably the highest cost of living in the US w/ the possible exception of Honolulu and the highest median home prices. Unfortunately it is not a place for the middle class unless you are willing to make an arduous 2 hour commute from the Central Valley.
Apparently you've never priced NYC, or Orange County, or D.C, or San Francisco.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
7,763 posts, read 8,930,707 times
Reputation: 3873
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcopolo666 View Post
Apparently you've never priced NYC, or Orange County, or D.C, or San Francisco.
Here in The Bay Area it does not matter if you are in the better quarters of San Jose, the broad swath of swanky NW Santa Clara County burbs, the whole of San Mateo County west of El Camino or any one of the non challenged SF hoods - it's all super expensive. A band of high cost from the Golden Gate to the innermost canyons of Guadalupe.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 04:37 PM
 
1,092 posts, read 1,018,298 times
Reputation: 1057
You also want to look at what home prices actually SELL for.

And those foreclosures can take months to even get a response for an offer.

If you're wife is interested in working, a combined income of 90-100k would be easier.

It made more sense to pay out of state tuition then have my son attend college in SF.

There are other sections of CA that are certainly more affordable, but it's not inexpensive anywhere. There are other states besides TX that you can achieve a higher standard of living for less money.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 10:39 PM
 
13,335 posts, read 10,595,056 times
Reputation: 9235
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcopolo666 View Post
Apparently you've never priced NYC, or Orange County, or D.C, or San Francisco.
None of those places are hospitable to middle class folks raising kids either.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-19-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Boulder, CO
470 posts, read 500,601 times
Reputation: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by Litlove71 View Post
You also want to look at what home prices actually SELL for.

And those foreclosures can take months to even get a response for an offer.

If you're wife is interested in working, a combined income of 90-100k would be easier.

It made more sense to pay out of state tuition then have my son attend college in SF.

There are other sections of CA that are certainly more affordable, but it's not inexpensive anywhere. There are other states besides TX that you can achieve a higher standard of living for less money.
colorado
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-20-2012, 08:24 AM
 
740 posts, read 863,870 times
Reputation: 613
Quote:
You also want to look at what home prices actually SELL for.
Right - we are in a sellers market here with sellers receiving multiple offers for their homes. I follow the homes for sale in my zipcode 95126, and there is NOTHING for sale in the price range of $450,000 - million, 3+ bed, 2 bath, over 1700 sq ft. However, I do get 5 results when I reset the price to 2 million.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $79,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > San Jose

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top