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Have a choice between LA & SF for a tech job. Have only been to LA once, never to SF. From the east Coast. We are a late 20s couple. Love food, exploring cities and the outdoors (currently in CO). My impression of each city is horribly anecdotal- SF the humble brag tech scene🤮 & LA smog + fake. Would love to hear real perspectives from people who know!

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Disclaimer: I have a strong NorCal bias and grew up in the Bay. SF is a beautiful place with by far some of the best parks and urban hikes in the country. It is much more like Colorado for your access to open space and nature (Marin, Napa, Mendocino, Tahoe, Half Moon Bay, etc.). It’s also only place in the West I’ve been to where a few block walk in any direction has you in an entirely different neighborhood with an entirely different culture. It’s still the quirky, weird place people have loved forever, and since the rental market has cratered in the last 6 months you probably won’t suffer too much trying to find a nice place. The present caricature of the city is not really accurate, though I agree it was more authentic and cheaper a decade ago. LA has a few big advantages: a little extra warmth, better beaches, better nightlife, and a lot cheaper food. Basically, I’d say go North if you like hikes, wine, and naturally beautiful places to escape to in every direction. Go South if surfing, sunshine, and clubbing is more your style!

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Grew up in the bay (and here currently) but went to school in LA and every day I think about what a dream my life in LA was. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have many friends in LA but I LOVE that city. LA is literally a dream. The shallow thing is overhyped cause the average person is not a celebrity but there’s just so much more to do and see there whereas with SF... it gets old real fast and SF is NOT a pretty city. I am so sick of seeing pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge from every angle and position imaginable. But LA... I could never get sick of LA. LA is more liveable whereas with SF most people only live in the city when young and either move back to wherever they came from or eventually save up enough for a house in the burbs. Plus you’ll be paying an arm and a leg for a parking spot in SF and if you don’t have a car, getting to a lot of those beautiful outdoorsy places takes a lot more effort and planning. Ngl, SF sucks and the diversity sucks too (99% of people I know and meet organically are in tech). If it helps, people are generally happier in LA too. It’s so hard not to be when every day is so beautiful and sunny!

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Los Angeles, hands down. Better weather, food, etc. And the “fake” thing is hyped and overblown. The most accurate depiction of LA is “working class Latino”. Look beyond Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Malibu, and there’s a few different worlds to explore

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South Bay is great in pockets if you have a family. It is kind of boring or full of townies if you’re in your twenties. Alike to living in NoVa instead of DC. Certain trade offs but depends on your situation

Smog isn’t that bad and the fake people can be ignored. SF has pretentious people but they can be ignored too. If you like food and outdoors then go to LA. SF is super expensive anyway

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It's two and a half hours to big Bear, where the mountain is okay, or five plus hours to Mammoth where the mountains a lot better.

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I grew up in the Bay area and live in LA now. Really like both. Enjoy San Francisco's mellow vibe and access to outdoors. The quick drive to Tahoe is really appreciated. I like the arts and culture when I was there, but a lot has changed. I prefer LA's weather. There's good access to different arts here. I find that to get to less crowded nature you have to drive a bit farther than I'd prefer.

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I found Malibu in the Hollywood hills to be pretty crowded. Same thing with Palos Verdes. And it just takes so long to get there with traffic.

I personally prefer LA, better weather too. Pretty sure there are more Mexicans in LA too, if that matters to you at all since you mentioned it in your post.

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Not super important just felt relevant given the representation. TY!

LA... oh how I miss it

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Come back!

Lived in both. SF is gorgeous, easy to meet people, I like the chill attitude but easy to get sucked into the techbro humblebrag thing. Rent is 🤮🤮🤮 LA is great. I love the weather. Convenient (early 30s with kids). Find a liveable, walkable neighborhood and you’re gold. I’m in Pasadena

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Makes sense for when we make it to the Rose Bowl 🤔

Watch City of Gold if you want a good perspective about Los Angeles. It’s a documentary about LA through the lens of Jonathan Gold, the only food critic to ever win a Pulitzer #rip

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One of my favorites- it was amazing to learn so much about the place I live in, that I had no idea about previously

Do you have any preference between mountains (SF) or beach (LA)? No Mexican food in SF. The best Mexican place with an hour wait absolutely sucked.

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Hahahaha no Mexican food in SF hahahaha

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Papacitooooo! Debes elegir la ciudad de Los Angeles, seguramente. La comida es la mejor del estado y la clima es perfecta. Hay mucha gente latina y no vas a creer sus ojos en la playa 😳🤩😎

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Jajaja *el clima 🤪

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I love LA and SF, I am from Atlanta and your impression for both is wrong!

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LA

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Where in LA and SF would you actually be working?

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Who hurt you Deloitte 9 🥺

Used to love traveling to SF, it was a great city to traipse about. I was there early last year and it's gone downhill tremendously. I have empathy for homeless populations, but it's out of control in SF. All of downtown smells like urine. LA is great weather, but damn that traffic sucks. You've got quite the dilemma going!

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Come to LA, and you can enjoy an 80 degree winter!!! (Today is so warm and nice)

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SF is an armpit of a city

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LA no question

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Are the SF and LA jobs equivalent? Love LA , but the professional opportunities seem more limited compared to SF. I grew up in LA (and currently live in LA) and went to college in the Bay. I love SF for the artisan food scene and proximity to Napa, Yosemite, Marin, Big Sur, etc. LA is much richer in culture, ethnic foods, it’s warmer and much more of a blue collar town. Traffic is a huge issue, and whenever I consider leaving my neighborhood I need to plan an entire day out of it. Otherwise LA is nearby Vegas, Mammoth (beautiful hiking out there), and to me, SB, SD, and Joshua Tree get old very fast.

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I am Mexican if that makes any difference.

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Just moved to the city any job postings in the lab arena?

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Hate conference calls that drag on for hours.

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My texting game sucks. Best opening lines to use on dating apps?

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Anyone else feel a little disappointed in the Rachel Maddow tax return coverage? Bummer

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Last Friday I fulfilled a dream with an offer from BCG. I dropped out of high school due to a drug problem and made a real mess of my life, and managed to get back on track. I didn’t think I’d do it

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How to avoid bench work? Feeling a bit burnt out.

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Only been here 9 months as an analyst, and I'm already starting to not like the culture here.

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Nothing like waking up and getting in an uber to the airport only to find AmEx travel somehow incorrectly cancelled your flight and so you just call and book it on your way to the airport... #whoops #

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Anyone out there interviewed with Google? How was the experience? Any advice?

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Describe your salary using a title of a movie. 🤔

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Kindly share where to go to get financial advice? I work at PwC as a senior associate in US. I am an Indian citizen, here on a H1b visa.

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