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This isn't a this city is better than that one - I'm just curious on the lifestyle differences for the young professional in their twos.

I've lived in NYC for almost 2 yrs now post college, never lived in SF but have traveled to many a time. The one thing I miss is the accessibility of mountains/outdoors/skiing/etc in NYC. I like nightlife, but don't love it, and the variety of food/restaurants is hard to beat. I know the girls in SF leave something to be desired, esp compared to NYC.

Looking to get a sense from someone in their twenties who has lived in both.

Thanks in advance.

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  • ivy4me's picture

    I went to college on the east coast and spent 3 summers in NYC before moving to SF (originally from the area).

    Here are a few thoughts:

    -Expenses are 30-40% cheaper. My fellow analysts are finding apartments for under 1000, food is way cheaper, and a lot of bars and clubs dont have cover.

    -nightlife is definitely way weaker. alcohol stops being served at 2am and places do their last call as early as 1:15. there are only a handful of places to go to and maybe 2-3 neighborhoods to go to. as you said, girls here don't dress as nicely, and in general it's a slightly older crowd

    -SF is beautiful. new york is a truly filthy city with a weird stench in the air, dozens of trash bags piled up over the course of a block, and rodents galore. SF is clean and it's right by the water which is awesome

    -more crazies in SF. there are a lot of homeless people in NYC but many of the homeless people in SF and will scream to themselves on the street, etc

    -everyone here is on a health kicker. ive actually gotten in better shape since moving out here. everyone in my office watches what they're eating and exercises. at least 50% of the restaurants advertise healthy ingredients and food is less oily. the restaurants here are pretty awesome and have a very different feel than nyc.

    -people are nicer and more open. if you work in finance, it's refreshing to not be surrounded by finance people all the time

    -that said, if you work in finance, it's still an exciting place to be because of a booming tech industry and a thriving finance community across hedge funds, PE firms, and VC firms

    -no subway. by the time i left NYC i hated the subway. it's a small city so it's easy to set yourself up to bike/walk most places, and cabs are cheaper for when you need to get around on weekends

    -if you gave SF a theme, it would be "casual luxury". spacious restaurants, laid back style with a lot of smart cal and stanford people, great jobs, wineries, opportunity to move out into big houses, etc

    Hope that's helpful. I like it a lot here and even though i have a ton of friends in NYC i never want to go back. i think it's a pretty hard lifestyle and it's more materialistic. obviously i have a bias being a native of the area but i think it's a great place to be, and absolutely the best place to settle down when you're 30+

  • In reply to ivy4me
    parahx's picture

    ivy4me:
    I went to college on the east coast and spent 3 summers in NYC before moving to SF (originally from the area).

    Here are a few thoughts:

    -Expenses are 30-40% cheaper. My fellow analysts are finding apartments for under 1000, food is way cheaper, and a lot of bars and clubs dont have cover.

    -nightlife is definitely way weaker. alcohol stops being served at 2am and places do their last call as early as 1:15. there are only a handful of places to go to and maybe 2-3 neighborhoods to go to. as you said, girls here don't dress as nicely, and in general it's a slightly older crowd

    -SF is beautiful. new york is a truly filthy city with a weird stench in the air, dozens of trash bags piled up over the course of a block, and rodents galore. SF is clean and it's right by the water which is awesome

    -more crazies in SF. there are a lot of homeless people in NYC but many of the homeless people in SF and will scream to themselves on the street, etc

    -everyone here is on a health kicker. ive actually gotten in better shape since moving out here. everyone in my office watches what they're eating and exercises. at least 50% of the restaurants advertise healthy ingredients and food is less oily. the restaurants here are pretty awesome and have a very different feel than nyc.

    -people are nicer and more open. if you work in finance, it's refreshing to not be surrounded by finance people all the time

    -that said, if you work in finance, it's still an exciting place to be because of a booming tech industry and a thriving finance community across hedge funds, PE firms, and VC firms

    -no subway. by the time i left NYC i hated the subway. it's a small city so it's easy to set yourself up to bike/walk most places, and cabs are cheaper for when you need to get around on weekends

    -if you gave SF a theme, it would be "casual luxury". spacious restaurants, laid back style with a lot of smart cal and stanford people, great jobs, wineries, opportunity to move out into big houses, etc

    Hope that's helpful. I like it a lot here and even though i have a ton of friends in NYC i never want to go back. i think it's a pretty hard lifestyle and it's more materialistic. obviously i have a bias being a native of the area but i think it's a great place to be, and absolutely the best place to settle down when you're 30+

    Great post, I've been wanting to hear some lifestyle info about SF/NY. SB for you

  • weeds499's picture

    Thanks ivy, thats just what I was looking for. I've left banking for a startup, however this startup is somewhat in the retail/e-commerce space, so less tech focused.

    Any other comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

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