How To Adjust When Moving From New York to San Francisco

Moving from New York to San Francisco
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If you are moving from New York to San Francisco for a job, education or personal reasons, this is an important decision you will take in your life. While you will probably never forget New York and it will still remain in some corner of your heart, you are sure to enjoy your new life in California. In this article, we will help you get to know San Francisco better.

Also known as the City by the Bay, San Francisco boasts a rich and long history. It welcomes people from different backgrounds and cities with open arms and has the capacity of absorbing them in their culture without changing much. In the last few years, the city has witnessed a growth in population, thanks to the thousands of people who come to settle here annually.

The Neighbourhoods in San Francisco

The city has some beautiful neighbourhoods with lush green playgrounds and parks. We like the city vibe that has a laid back atmosphere during the day and vibrant night life after the sun goes down. Each neighbourhood in San Francisco has its own unique character and some of the popular ones are as follows:

  • Castro District is known for its characteristic and colourful crosswalks, and flags on the storefronts. Most of the restaurants offer happy hour and the neighbourhood boasts a bustling nightlife. There are two hills that offer an incredible 360-degree view of the city.
  • Mission District is known for being culturally rich since the time the Hispanic community settled here. There are about 500 murals in the Mission, making it one of the most artistic neighbourhoods in the city. The streets are lined by stores selling everything from fresh produce to piñatas. 
  • Noe Valley is a kid-friendly neighbourhood that has some quaint shops on the streets. We love the sunny weather that makes it perfect for kids and dogs to enjoy playing at the Douglass playground. The Saturday’s farmer’s market is another place worth visiting.
  • SoMa, short for South of Market is a sprawling neighbourhood that spans an area of 406 acres and it is one of the largest neighbourhoods in the city. Here you can find an array of trendy nightclubs, warehouses, AT&T Park, and city museums.
  • Hayes Valley is a popular neighbourhood for the young professional bunch. It is packed with upscale boutique shops, trendy restaurants, and dog-friendly parks. The college grads love the Marina District which has practically every type of workout studio that you may imagine. 

Cost Of Living In San Francisco

When you are moving from New York to San Francisco, you need to know the cost of living in the city and plan your expenses accordingly. When it comes to renting an apartment, the city still has the highest prices in the country. A one-bedroom apartment may be around $3,400 and a two-bedroom apartment rent may be as high as $4,400.

The average utilities fee for an average-sized apartment may be about $109 and the cost for internet service may range between $40 and $80. The monthly passes to avail the public transportation facilities may be about $73 to $91 for adults. For food expenses, an average family in San Francisco spends 11.5% of their monthly budget on food, which is slightly less than the national average.