How Expensive is San Francisco?

That’s the discussion at MetaFilter, headlined “If I move to San Fran and earn the same salary as I do in St Louis, will I be poor?” There’s a variety of viewpoints. (For me, Saint Louis is too far from the ocean.)


  1. How expensive is SF? Well, it’s as expensive as you want it to be — or as frugal as you are willing to do. Shop in the Mission district, eat at ethnic restaurants, buy your clothes on sale, get books and DVD’s from the library; the monthly budget doesn’t have to eat up all your salary to be affordable and fun. What is difficult is home ownership. Now that’s certainly much more possible in St. Louis than in SF. What’s impossible to calculate is the pleasure of living in one of the most beautiful cities in the US, full of museums, art, music, green spaces and clean ocean air. However, given how many people with beaucoup $$$ flock to SF, I don’t want to sing our praises too loudly.

  2. ps: Glad to see you back on line – I was hoping that you were just off on a trip and that nothing serious was happening. I get a “family” feeling toward all the blogs that I read on a daily basis so it’s good to see a member of the “family” back in SF and blogging.
    Just call me Auntie Nancy

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