10 Reasons Not to Move to San Francisco CA

Hi friend,

San Francisco has diverse culture, amazing food, fantastic shopping and some pretty neat sights, making it a cool place to visit, but is it really a place you want to make a permanent move to?  Today, I would like to share with you 10 reasons NOT to move to San Francisco, California.

  1. Cost of Living: San Francisco is often considered one of the most expensive cities in America. Buying or renting a home is outrageously expensive, but so are simple everyday costs like groceries, haircuts, restaurant trips, etc. 
  2. Taxes: San Francisco’s taxes are highest in the country, with an income tax up to 13.3%. California has a 7.25% sales tax plus the San Francisco county rates that increase it to 8.5%. 
  3. The Foggy Weather: San Francisco is often covered in a thick fog. The fog is so present and well-known, the fog itself has a twitter, Karl the Fog (Don't believe me? Look it up!)
  4. Wildfires: San Francisco has a constant threat of wildfires and is not immune to damage from them. These wildfires create unhealthy air conditions and are a normal part of daily life in San Francisco. 
  5. Traffic: On average, a driver in San Francisco loses 97 hours a year due to traffic congestion. It is one of the top 10 worst traffic cities in America.
  6. Homeless Populations: There is extreme wealth in San Francisco, but there is also extreme poverty. There are tents up and down many streets and homeless individuals on the streets at all times of the day. It is a sad and not easily solved problem. 
  7. Non-transient: People are constantly leaving San Francisco, probably due to its high cost of living. 
  8. Minimal Work-Life Balance: Again, because of the high-cost of living, residents find themselves working tirelessly to afford what they need. 
  9. Parking & Transportation: Parking is impossible to find and when you do find it, it is extremely expensive. The parking situation is extremely frustrating because the public transportation is not great and very filthy. 
  10.  Crime Rate: San Francisco has consistently high rates of crime. The city has the highest number of larcenies, burglaries, arsons and car thefts in all of California.

If reading this list made you sad, don't be! I know each city has its fair share of pros and cons, I just thought it would be helpful to share the most common complaints for living in San Francisco. No city is perfect, but you should continue to keep HOUSTON in your home search. (: If you have any questions about your relocation to Texas, please contact me. Also, be sure to check below for additional resources that will assist you in your house hunt.



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