What happened to moving to cities because you like them and not because money?

New Ab44
Oct 17 12 Comments

I rarely see people wanting to move to a city because it's nice or exciting or growing, only because it pays well. I am the opposite, I have lived in several European cities because I was interested in how they were.

Is this an american thing because there isn't much difference in cities there compared to Asia or Europe or is it just that those posts are very frequent here for natural reasons?

For me that's one of the best things of being a developer, you can bring your skillset(compared to legal or nurse) everywhere without much national regulation


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TOP 12 Comments
  • Goldman Sachs / Project not Lloyd
    Also, leaving because it’s too cold
    Oct 17 0
  • New OTGNO
    Most Cities in the US are generally really expensive to live in so if you don't have a high paying job for most people its not possible.
    Oct 17 1
    • New Ab44
      Good point, in Europe places like Barcelona and Warsaw or hamburg is very affordable if you are a normal developer
      Oct 17
  • Microsoft megamanX
    Yup! I left Seattle because I absolutely despise the weather (and Seattleites). I found a city I love and moved there. Yes, it would be best for my career to live in SF or Seattle... that said, I absolutely despise both of those cities so it isn’t worth it.
    Oct 17 3
    • Amazon lznn61
      Share the city lets get some information flow going on, shall we ?
      Oct 17
    • New / Eng R162
      Share city.
      Oct 17
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      Oct 17
  • Google park on
    Judging from the number of people in the bay area, it seems many people value money over quality of life
    Oct 17 0
  • Tektronix BazzokaGrl
    Working remote happened. When Oracle didn't give a raise for a few years I lived somewhere cheaper and gave myself a raise.
    Oct 17 0
  • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
    I'm in the NYC area because I like it, not for money, and I think that goes for a lot of people.

    If I wanted money, I would be open to Chicago and potentially Boston (there's a few quant funds that will pay as well as NYC, but taxes and housing are way cheaper). SF has much more open headcount for big tech than here too.
    Oct 17 0
  • Amazon pokpok
    Yeah it’s weird. Why are most of the best jobs in either: an insanely expensive, boring suburb, or in the US city with the least sunshine.

    That said, seems like most US cities are kind of shit. Sad that the US seems incapable of building world class transit system in any of its cities. Car culture makes cities boring. And good transit system give people the opportunity to live within the city or travel from the suburbs.
    Oct 17 1
    • Amazon lznn61
      Well Calif didnt have a great systemt since Musk thought we should be building HyperLoop rather than plain simple trams. You know because its Calif. Lets do fancy more expensive shit instead of simple effective shit.
      Oct 17


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