So I'm a 1st year analyst in MBB in the SF Bay Area and hate it here. I'm a Duke graduate, and I'm used to being in a "work hard, play hard" mentality. Compared to before, where a lot of people were both smart and had good social skills, people in the Bay on average are quite weird and ugly. I understand valuing your career, but if you knew nothing about my job, I still have other hobbies and interests - I play guitar and piano, play sports, do archery, am into male fashion, etc. But a lot of people here are so career oriented that that's all they got gong for them. Their entire identity runs around "I'm an engineer at Google," and thus, they are extremely boring people.
Looks and fashion aside (it's horrible in the Bay), people are quite book smart, but they are honestly semi-autistic at times. I've been to bars where guys have literally tried to pick up chicks by talking about crypto-currency or their new startup ideas or some left-wing political talking point. I don't view myself as particularly hot, but just because I am fit and dress/groom well, and know how to actually talk to people, I feel like I get a bump of at least 2-3 points on the attraction scale. Other guys are so terrible it is so easy to land chicks, although they aren't really lookers themselves. On the flip side, because I'm well dressed, a lot of guys and girls assume I'm gay.
A lot of people I know are utterly obnoxious. They post their GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores publicly on social media, and 70%+ of their instagram posts are career related as they have no hobbies or real interests. My beta male roommate once got mad at me because I made out with a girl he brought him (that he knew for 4 months) whom he never made a move on before lmao. It's pathetic.
I am looking into moving to SoCal (LA or SD), Texas, or NYC. Is there anywhere else you would recommend? Yes, people in the Bay are quite "smart," but they don't really have much else going on. I'd rather be with fun, well rounded people instead of constantly being around super nerds (being nerdy in moderation is okay, but it's way too much here). Thanks.