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Chicago at 140K or San Francisco at 175K?

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At that salary, you should be fine either way. Think about the type of lifestyle you want - Chicago is a great city but there are 5months of winter here and limited stuff to do outside the city. SF is pretty much great weather year around and a lot to do up and down California.

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Not just winter. It was 52 for 4th of July “hit different” summer.

I have a friend with a kid who lives in South Bay and I am genuinely shocked at what they pay for what they get plus general lifestyle. Do yourself a favor and stay with Chicago and give yourself a chance at retirement

Yup. Sounds like the Bay Area life. So not worth it. Just saving up to we can buy our big house in Dallas or Tampa and bounce.

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Purely based off the comp and COL, Chicago 140 all the way.

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Chicago for COL that’s for sure. But if you are a single woman SF I hear is the place to play in life the bachelorette if you are attractive as it’s a sausage fest.

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Tbh the women aren’t much greater - below avg looks = avg+ there. It’s the ratios they win

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Chicago

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I love love love visiting SF, but I think California is going downhill quickly. Currently living in Chicago and it's not the same as pre covid but I think has a better chance to return to normal when the pandemic ends

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You know who?

As someone who’s lived in SF, $175k is extremely difficult to live off of with a family. If you’re comfortable renting or living in a small house in distant suburbs then SF is a good option

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Depends- Are you comfortable renting? Not owning a car? Sending your kid to public school? If yes to all of this, then you could probably get by on $220k if you do a small two bedroom place (I’m assuming you’ll be adding to your kid’s college fund with your income). Rent is a little cheaper now because of the pandemic. Most fresh out of college engineers make at least $140k in the city. You should also consider that CA’s taxes are much higher than IL.

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Chicago for so many reasons w a family.

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But also... could you negotiate your offers?

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You have a family. Chicago.

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175k is not nearly enough in SF. I personally dislike Chicago for the weather but the city is cheap and 140k should be a good salary for a family with a kid.

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Completely different cities. Where do you want to live? The salary difference is negligible given COLA, assuming no big travel expenses to see family/friends, and IF you would much prefer one city over the other.

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supporting a wife who doesnt work and a kid would be hard in SF, i say chicago and enjoy your money going much farther there

Do Chicago and take a long vacation every January 😀

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SanFran 175k is like Chicago 70k

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If you were single and ambitious, definitely San Francisco. With a wife and a child, gonna have to say Chicago. x10 if you have family in there.

Chi city baby. I’ll give you all the recs

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Chicago for no amount.

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