Greater NYC vs SF Bay Area rent

Amazon fhrxsrbas
Jun 11 17 Comments

I’m moving to NYC, and naturally curious about the rent comparison btw NYC and Bay Area.

To me NYC is considerably cheaper because NYC is way bigger city with many options + great public transport system. Majority of people would choose to live at Queens and ~1500$ rent could get you a not-too-bad apartment at Queens, and just spent 30-40mins on subway, where you could still enjoy reading or working. Am I correct?

While in Bay Area, you can only drive, waste time, and limited space/resources for apartments make rent super high.

But outside scene and weather of course SF beats NYC. So if in future I’d like to stay in NYC long-term, where to buy house? Long Island and NJ?

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Facebook public2
    NYC is a lot cheaper, bay surpassed it years ago.
    Jun 11 0
  • NASDAQ cTrt88
    Lots of awesome stuff upstate New York for hiking and camping, if a bit of a drive. Also Vermont, Maine and Nee Hampshire have great outdoors stuff. Winters not that bad besides the crazy snow storms that roll through...
    Jun 11 0
  • Bloomberg ptub72
    NYC area has more options and opportunities to save or find good value.
    If you want to save on city tax, rent in JC or Hoboken.
    To avoid high property tax, don't buy in NJ, Westchester, or LI. Also infrequent and costly commute options.
    You are better off paying city tax with low property tax when you buy in the city limits.
    SF weather is not great. Overcast in the summer, rain and high temp swings day to night.
    South Bay has great weather but is too far in commute time to be concidered part of SF from my experience.
    NY weather is not consistent or predictable, but you get all seasons.
    Jun 13 3
    • New / Eng soylatte
      Contrary to popular belief California does get all the seasons. The South Bay however has a Mediterranean climate so our winter's are mild.
      Jun 13
    • Amazon ChineseTP
      So nyc has high city tax, while nj has high property tax?
      Jun 13
    • Bloomberg ptub72
      When an average person thinks of winter, they think of a white Christmas. You can't claim to have seasons if each season is not clearly distinct.
      I lived in south bay and I also lived near the Mediterranean sea. South bay is much milder, and has much larger temperature swings depending on if the sun is up or not, thus they are not similar.
      0 vs 3-4% city tax, so I wouldn't say 'high tax' is the right term. You have a similar total tax liability in all of Cali vs NYC but you have the opportunity to save 3-4% if you don't reside in the city, even if you work there.
      NJ and and NY areas outside of the city use property tax to finance town/county provided services. Actually Westchester has even higher city/local tax and high property tax.
      NYC gets city tax from all residence regardless of property ownership. A lot more people and a lot more properties paying taxes then any other jurisdiction.
      The city also had all kinds of limits on property tax increases, so the mayor had two homes in Brooklyn that are worth 3mil but he only pays 7k/year in taxes total.
      Jun 13
  • New / Eng soylatte
    Bay Area has better weather, jobs and produce if that's important to you.
    Jun 11 3
    • Google putin!
      But does it have women?
      Jun 11
    • Amazon Northman
      No, but, man, the lettuce is awesome...
      Jun 11
    • Amazon fhrxsrbas
      OP
      I’m gay thx
      Jun 11
  • LinkedIn rTxv02
    Haha don’t count on a leisurely ride on the train. Queens isn’t a bad area to live but depending how deep you go it can get more difficult to get to Manhattan or Brooklyn and you’ll rarely be able to talk your friends into coming out there to hang out. There is a lot of great food in Queens and throughout NYC. Winters can be freezing cold and summers can be ridiculously hot and humid. But there is always something to do in NYC, it’s much more exciting than the Bay. Since none of us know you or your preferences it’d be hard to recommend where you should consider long term, you should just make sure to visit the different areas yourself. The neighborhoods vary a lot. Personally I’d never even consider moving to Long Island or NJ.
    Jun 11 1
    • Google 1234-/:;(
      Adding to this - also dont expect the trains to be on time or run smoothly. Often 40 mins will turn into 2 hours because of delays
      Jun 11
  • Amazon fhrxsrbas
    OP
    Thanks guys. Also I’m gay. Which place has more high-quality gay men?
    Jun 11 3
    • PagerDuty bBrK31
      Sf for gay men, NYC for straight men
      Jun 11
    • LinkedIn rTxv02
      I have a couple of friends who are gay and they seem to have no problem finding attractive, interesting people to date in NYC. But I can’t speak for the whole city since my sample size is 2.
      Jun 11
    • Moody's / Eng HjDm88
      LinkedIn, either area is great for gay men but I'd say SF is better. That doesn't mean NYC has a poor selection. Helena, Montana probably has a poor selection.
      Jun 11
  • New / Eng soylatte
    You can get an apartment in San Jose for fairly cheap and real estate is cooling down rn.
    Jun 11 0