San Francisco, known as ‘SF’ or ‘The City’ by locals, is one of the best cities in the world. But living here is different than visiting this city as a tourist. There are many things you might be ignorant about. We have compiled a list of a few things to consider before you take the plunge of moving here –
- Save your money
San Francisco is the second most expensive city to live in the United States. You might be tempted by the fancy cafes and restaurants, but a cup of coffee costs as much as 16$. Hence, it’s better to do your own cooking.
- The weather is mostly the same
If you like the weather to be chilly and foggy, you will fit in San Francisco right away. It is in a similar range throughout the year, around the 60s. There are no seasons here, so there will be no summers and no snow. But the temperature can change in the space of a day, so always carry a jacket along with you.
- It is congested
The city is extremely crowded, and we are not exaggerating. It is one of the most densely populated places in the United States with a population of almost 840,000. Traffic is a nightmare that you will not want to drive, so use public transport instead.
- Every neighborhood is unique
Get to know the history of your neighborhood. In San Francisco, you are mostly defined by the neighborhood you belong to. For example, while the Mission is home to Latinos, the Castro is known to be the gay mecca.
- It is a techie’s heaven
San Francisco had a tech boom which caused an influx of techies in the area. You will come across the term ‘tech bros’ here, a moniker for men who are half tech and half jock.
The techies are also the alleged reason for gentrification which has caused a rise in the cost of living in the city. This has drawn much attention in the headlines and also the occasional protest.
- It is a center for activism
The people here have a strong political opinion which is seldom moderate. You might need to defend your point of political view so be prepared. Gay rights and affordable housing are some of the worthy causes embraced by activists in San Francisco.
- It has the most beautiful nature spots
From mountains to beaches, you can cover it all on the same day. Along with the splendid urban parks, it is also just a short drive from Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. You can also go on a hike down the Filbert Street Steps or sea kayaking on the Bay.
- Everybody needs an excuse to dress up
Not only does San Francisco have the most festivals, you will also see people dressing up for these occasions in the most bizarre way. You will soon be accustomed to people wearing tutus and a sparkly feather boa on your way to work.
- Don’t call it San Fran or Frisco
Butchering San Francisco’s name will get you shunned by the locals. Calling it San Fran or Frisco will give away your identity of an outsider. The only acceptable names for the city are ‘The City’ or ‘SF.’