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I'm moving from New York to San Francisco to join my partner. What are the things I should know before moving?
I'd say a few things to know:
- San Francisco and New York are wildly different. People love to compare them but they're not even in the same ballpark. SF is a world class city, but it's nothing like NY. Things close at more normal times, people drive, there's SO much more nature/green space, and it's much more relaxed. Public transportation is laughable in SF compared to NY (but better than 95% of most other American cities still),
- If you like to be outdoors, SF is the right place for you. Within a 3 or 4 hour drive (and most of the time much less), you have: Big Sur, Redwoods, Tahoe, Yosemite, and hundreds of other amazing, beautiful places to explore. People here are active and tend to go out of the city often.- Be prepared to pay even more than you were in rent. SF has surpassed NY in expenses, and continues to grow. However, salaries are much higher so when you're job hunting, feel free to add a significant portion to your asking salary.
Personally, San Francisco is much more my speed and I feel so much more at home and relaxed here. If you're a big city guy just looking to recreate your NY fast-paced life on the West Coast, San Francisco isn't right for you. But if you want a more relaxed, nature-forward (?) place to live, it's the best.
I also think having a partner will help you feel more grounded here, so you won't have to deal with a lot of the issues of dating, etc.
[ Currently based in San Francisco, California ]