either you’re richy rich or out of touch or not well traveled. food here is terrible. sure if you want to drop $300/person on michelin restaurants it’s great but $50/person food here is formulaic or hipster trend driven.
unless you’re into plant based diet. there are good options here for that.
i’m sure it’s better than KC though or other metro out there.
Pros: You'll have access to a network of the top people in the industry. If you want to roll the dice and join a start-up with the goal of an equity exit cash out, SF is the pace to be.
Cons: Cost of living, bar none. You'll spend AT LEAST 80% of any TC differential on a place to live, and that's with a roommate. If you're single, it may be worth the trade-off. If you have a family it's a major consideration.
I know a couple that moved here about 6 months ago And just last week, they packed up and went back to Kansas. Why? They were sick of the traffic, high cost of living etc. to them it just wasn’t worth it. Homes are super nice and affordable in Kansas. they felt like they were happier in Kansas. To each their own I guess.
Seattle has no state tax. So what you do is join a bay area company. Try it out. Enjoy California sights and weather. And later move to Seattle with an internal transfer with no drop in pay. Some companies do not adjust pay lower just because of a transfer to Seattle.
And get a job before moving. Ask for relocation bonus.