5 Tips for Living in San Francisco

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Expats living in San Francisco and the Bay Area will find a unique culture that is a magnet for people from all over America - and the world. Find great information on how to settle into the home of Silicon Valley, Napa Valley, and much, much more.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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rrtalley
Apr 20, 2015 13:13

For some reason the author forgot to tell readers to bring a big wallet when moving to San Francisco. It's one of the highest cost of living areas in the country, if not the world.

ccarlson
Apr 20, 2015 21:36

Nice to see something on San Francisco, a wonderful city. Having lived there for over a decade, I have a few comments, Joshua. The Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Oakland and the East Bay, was not actually "newly renovated;" the entire eastern span of the bridge was totally replaced, due to the 1989 earthquake, with a new and beautiful signature span, built at great cost. In regard to San Francisco's diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, I would have to add that income will be one of the key factors in determining where you choose (or are able) to live in this very expensive city. Finally, we in San Francisco do NOT say "the 101" or "the 5" in naming our freeways! That is so Los Angeles and I have never heard such utterances in northern California. Enjoy San Francisco and environs north!

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Apr 11, 2017 01:28

If you intend on arriving to San Francisco from the airport in a rental vehicle, please be certain to not leave any valuables inside, not even so much as a visible candy bar, or the vehicle is almost certain to be damaged and broken into. And, no, we do not have a problem with a local bear population.

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