@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.