Should I live in Mountain View or SF as a single girl in 20s?

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Aug 13, 2019 60 Comments

Hi all, looking for advice here. I’ll be moving to the Bay Area soon to join a company in Mountain View.

I’m weighing between living in downtown Mountain View near the office, or living in SF near the Caltrain (considering SoMa).

I am looking at 2.5 hrs commute VS 15 mins commute here. I don’t drive so not considering other places.

I’m 26 and single. Pretty social. I don’t really have friends there. I’ll be moving from NYC. Some people said I should live in MTV since it will be a change of scene from NYC, while some said I will not get used to the suburb life. Given my situation what would you guys choose? And what is/was your experience?

Thanks everyone!

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  • Microsoft
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    Prepare to be hit on by 10s of dudes each day or stabbed by 10s of needles depending on what you pick.
    Aug 13, 2019 1
    • New / Eng vscode2044
      As an individual born and raised in Tennessee, this went over my big dumb head. Could someone disambiguate?
      Aug 13, 2019
  • Uber uZ9mM
    I recommend you live in MTV for the first 6 months, while you settle into your new job. Visit SF regularly during this time to see if you like it enough to take on a 2.5h commute.
    Aug 13, 2019 1
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      Thank you! I think I’m gonna do this
      Aug 15, 2019
  • Twitter drugdealer
    NYC is always better for dating
    Aug 13, 2019 6
    • WeWork / Data
      p🥔tato

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      Yeah gender ratio is like 6:4. And literally EVERY girl is attractive here. It’s easy to date around, but I’m pretty much done with that stage and don’t want to waste my time on guys who would never settle.
      Aug 13, 2019
    • Axtria Atin'laid2
      Yes I second that
      Aug 13, 2019
  • Microsoft techladki
    Who would anyone waste 2.5 hours on commute if you can just do it in 15!
    If you value productive time,this probably doesn't need a poll.
    Aug 13, 2019 4
    • Apple / Eng /el/
      If you had to drive that’s one thing. But sitting in a cushy bus with wifi means it’s easy to be productive. I use that time to read/respond to emails, and take care of personal chores like ordering groceries and such.
      Aug 13, 2019
    • Microsoft techladki
      Makes sense, anything without those WIFI buses it wouldn't be as productive.

      May be a bit better with those buses
      Aug 13, 2019
  • ConocoPhillips fisshy
    600 hours a year you will lose to commuting.

    25 days.
    Aug 13, 2019 1
    • Microsoft techladki
      Apparently some people don't value time.
      Somewhat understandable if you have buses with WIFI
      Aug 13, 2019
  • eBay nbsnsj
    Why no TC or GTFO? Girls get a pas here I guess 😂😂
    Aug 13, 2019 2
    • Microsoft techladki
      I thought women were discriminated against in tech? At least it's the other way around on this thread
      Aug 13, 2019
    • eBay nbsnsj
      Key points “single female”, “26 pretty social”, “from NYC”, “how do I make friends in South Bay”... 🤣🤣🤣
      Aug 13, 2019
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    I would live in Mountain View. I’ve been doing an hour and a half each way commute every day and it is not fun! You can always drive into the city to do things. Trust me the commute gets old!
    Aug 13, 2019 1
    • Adobe LightYrs
      👆🏻This...
      Aug 13, 2019
  • Apple / Eng /el/
    And don’t mind the SF haters. Yes the city has its issues, but they’re blown out of proportion by those who don’t live there. Yes there are sometimes needles, but I’ve never been “stabbed” by one, and TBH in 2 years I’ve only seen a few. Yes, the homeless can be challenging, but they won’t hurt you and if you kindly tell them you don’t have spare change they’ll leave you alone. But mostly, the city is beautiful and full of amazing people. (The photo was taken in the Presidio just a few days ago)
    Aug 13, 2019 2
    • Oracle Lunchmeat
      Yes and you photoshopped out all the dog shit ppl leave behind.
      Aug 13, 2019
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      I mean coming from NYC I had my fair share of encounters w the homeless, so not really an issue for me. Where in SF do you live, and do you commute to Cupertino daily?
      Aug 13, 2019
  • Google vkg38472
    Both will be a letdown coming from nyc. Just take the shorter commute
    Aug 13, 2019 3
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      Thank you! This advice is really solid. Think imma do that.
      Aug 15, 2019
    • Adobe LightYrs
      Best of luck! Let us know how it turns out.
      Aug 15, 2019
  • Apple / Eng /el/
    SF all the way. It’s suburbs vs the city, so unless you have a family and a dog the city will suit you better (I think).
    Aug 13, 2019 2
    • Cisco ThBeatles
      SF is the most dog friendly city in the US. So, having a dog doesn't stop anyone from living in the city
      Aug 13, 2019
    • Apple / Eng /el/
      Totally, more so I just mean the suburbs are built around families. And TBH I think it’s more fair to the dog to live in the suburbs. Plus, I’m fairly certain that the urine smell so many complain about is entirely from dogs, not humans.
      Aug 13, 2019

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