Actually how bad is living in the bay area?

New gg7jc
Nov 17 19 Comments

I live in a medium COL and looking to have a career in the bay area eventually. Hopefully FANG, if not startups.

Talking to other people about living there and they always mention how bad it is in terms of housing and tax.

If i get a job as a swe with TC 100-140k in the bay area, how hard would it be to live there? What is it actually like?

edit: no kids and i live a pretty frugal life. TC not really my main goal now, just trying to work at a tech company there

TC: 50k
YOE: 4 months

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  • Facebook 11040206
    That TC will be fine if you’re single. I don’t think it’a nearly as bad as people make it out to be (provided you work someplace with good comp).
    Nov 17 1
    • Google uATO13
      TC will be fine, but life will suck if you're single here haha.
      Nov 17
  • Intel / Legal sue_you
    Do you have kids ? If yes, then it's hard to live in 140k, if you are single you can live king size.
    Nov 17 0
  • Facebook pppppo
    Depends your reasoning for living there.
    Nov 17 2
    • Uber fgd135
      And depends on the lifestyle you're accustomed to. If you want a detached house close to work with a guest room and a big backyard, sorry, nope. If you're cool with apartment living in a big city, it's perfectly feasible on that salary range.
      Nov 17
    • Uber / Eng LqMz66
      To be fair you can get that lifestyle, but you'll definitely have a longer commute. Living in the city is expensive af but commute is super easy with BART or just biking/scootering
      Nov 17
  • Apple qwerty boy
    Simple answer: not too bad if your household income is > 400K with 2 kids
    Nov 17 0
  • BlackRock LTB
    We're full. Don't come here. It sucks.
    Nov 27 1
  • Intel zgklodg
    If you want to live like you are in a hostel, deal with awful traffic, be concerned about homeless people pouring hot diarrhea in your head, it’s the place for you.
    Nov 17 0
  • Apple / Eng
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    Patriarchymore
    For that TC you get a shitty little apartment with a roommate. Entire place is crowded AF. If you have a car it’s easy to get out into the woods on the weekend which is amazing. During the work week traffic sux balls. Not too bad on the weekend. The key is picking your apt close to work so you have no commute. Dont bother shopping in person you’ll waste all your fkn time, just have everything delivered. But your packages can get lifted by thieves sometimes
    Nov 17 2
    • Apple / Eng
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      Patriarchymore
      There’s definitely a sense of class in the BA. If you have high TC you can live pretty comfortably. I’d recommend 150k at the very least.
      Nov 17
    • Apple / Eng
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      Patriarchymore
      Another thing to ask yourself is do you know anyone here? Most people are busy with work and it’s harder to make friends IMO.
      Nov 17
  • Instructure theprophe+
    Run far away with that TC 😂
    Nov 17 0
  • Facebook / Eng delete[]
    No kids! What's the problem. Just do it. If it's not working well, you can return.
    Nov 17 0
  • Facebook public2
    100 is hard. The poverty line for a fam is 117k
    Nov 17 0
  • Splunk Mhfcs
    FANG TC will be at least 180k for new grad. Good enough for single. Rent with others and in 2 years with TC bump you should be able to safe a significant amount for down payment for a entry level townhouse/condo
    Nov 17 0
  • New onRT76
    As referenced by others, the challenges here are housing and kids. While rents are high, buying is worse because there’s so much cash, lots of offers over asking and lots of cash offers. Also, public school districts vary a lot and day care and private school tuition are pricey. Outside of those things, the rent is high but it’s fine, you can still put savings away. For these reasons I think it’s common to move to the Bay Area after graduation, stay a few years to make some money, then bounce when you wanna do the family thing.
    Nov 17 0
  • Apple travel4les
    Its traffic everywhere thanks to dumb drivers
    Of course you are not going to live close to menlo parks and cupertinos unless you pay huge rents
    Nov 17 0

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