Is it worth moving from San Diego to Seattle for big tech?

Northrop Grumman / Eng the_curio
May 9 29 Comments

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  • Stay in San Diego. Enjoy the low cost and the sun and the beautiful beaches. The only price you pay is slightly lower TC (but not that much when accounting for COL)
    May 9 8
    • low COL compared to Seattle
      May 9
    • New / Eng
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    • Apple ais73jlC
      @SlimeSZN: I disagree. My 1 bedroom rent in SD was 2k, it's 2.8k in Bay Area. Apart from rent, I don't see a big difference for food, groceries, gas. Not sure where you get the extremely low cost comparison.
      May 9
    • Amazon
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      Since you won’t find a comparable TC (4% pay cut) in San Diego versus Seattle, COL is definitely not lower for tech workers
      May 9
    • Credit Sesame an0nm00se
      This ^. Idk why so many people on Blind think San Diego is so awesome. Not that great tbh
      May 9
  • New / Eng
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    Seattle is one depressing city... I have been there so many times and every time I go I try my best to convince myself that this is okay to live here but no not really the reality is there's not much going on in the city... downtown is super small there's not much going in Bellevue either.
    May 9 3
    • Amazon hot 🍞
      This took me years to realize, but Seattle is definitely not for everyone. If you like having fun in the 🌞, you will be sad.
      May 9
    • New / Eng
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      How was your experience what did you learn after years of living there?
      May 9
    • Amazon hot 🍞
      It's a summer vacation destination, so you only see it during the ~80 days a year it's not miserable. It's mostly miserable weather the rest of the year, which forces everyone to sit inside. Better quality of life elsewhere like Austin or San Diego or Denver.
      May 10
  • Microsoft U_U
    Seattle is awesome. Summers are amazing and in winters your ski. It's the best place to live in the east coast.
    Living in a no name city like San Diego compared to Seattle? No brainer. It's like comparing Minnesota and New York.
    May 9 2
    • Credit Sesame an0nm00se
      This
      May 9
    • Sony / Eng
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      San Diego is at least as recognizable as Seattle (https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=%2Fm%2F0d9jr,%2Fm%2F071vr) plus we have nicer people, far better weather year round and the overall culture is generally better too (though that is all pretty subjective). I like visiting Seattle, but could never live there. San Diego also has twice the population, but with less density than Seattle, and our tech scene is on the upswing while Seattle is pretty much saturated. That’s why more SV and Seattle companies are opening large offices here.
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  • Microsoft / Eng mfCG87
    Seattle honestly has pretty great weather in the Spring/Summer
    May 9 1
    • Boeing / Eng
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      Yeah too bad it only lasts about 2-3 months.
      May 9
  • Google coolguy00
    Seattle weather sucks big time. great for 4 months, gloomy for the rest. avoid at all cost.
    May 9 1
    • Boeing / Eng
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      Couldn’t agree more.
      May 9
  • Microsoft dixhsj
    I just made this move within the last year. Cost of living is actually very similar. You'll spend a bit more on housing/rent but it's made up for by the lack of income tax. Sales tax is 10% instead of 8%

    I got a 50% increase in TC and so far its been worth it. I plan to stay a few years to build net worth but eventually move back to SD
    May 9 1
    • New / Eng tempu
      +1

      Made a similar move. Rent is similar to San Diego. You'll make a lot more money.

      Contrary to what another guy said, if you like the outdoors you will like Seattle. Winter hiking is awesome since there are less people on trails. There are plenty of scenic trails compared to the bald ones in SD.
      May 9
  • Boeing / Eng
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    I live in Seattle, it’s depressing here (I moved here from Texas). Don’t move would be my recommendation. Yes I agree the summer is beautiful but it’s very short lived.
    Traffic sucks, people aren’t friendly, cost of living isn’t too far off from CA.
    May 9 0
  • Uber random04
    DO NOT MOVE FROM SD, YOU WILL REGRET IT!!
    May 9 0
  • Zillow Group jacksanz
    If you are an outdoor type, I don't think you should come to Seattle. But if you just want to enjoy outdoor activities from time to time and have indoor activities to do, then it would be perfect for you. There are a lot of hiking trails nearby and also ski resorts. Summer though short-lived, it's very nice and not too hot.
    May 9 2
    • Qualcomm orionho
      What? You contradict yourself.
      May 9
    • Zillow Group jacksanz
      I meant whenever the weather is good you can be sure there are nice places to enjoy outdoor activities.
      May 10
  • Qualcomm orionho
    As someone who just made this move, please. Spare me the tears. Significantly bigger talent pool and employment opportunities here. Only thing more expensive is housing. Better commute options, much longer days during the summer than SD, less intense sun. Oh yeah, no income tax AND no state income tax return to fill out for the FTB.
    May 9 0
  • Lyft uHdD40
    Funny how Blind hates the weather of any place the further it is from that of Mumbai. True coincidence, I'm sure.
    May 9 0