When you imagined yourself living in San Francisco, did you assume you'd be renting a palatial pad that looked like the Tanner residence on Full House? Of course! Then you probably arrived, only to discover that homes like that sell for over $4 million. You see, the fact is that San Francisco is one of the priciest U.S. cities to live in. There are plenty of reasons why people pony up major money to live in San Fran. The weather, the proximity to Silicon Valley, and the diverse residents are all very attractive. However, all those great attributes don't soften the price tag.
Enter: Sacramento! The capital city of Cali (about 1.5 hours northeast of SF), is undergoing a renaissance, and the rest of the West Coast is taking notice. And with a cost of living that's 33% lower than in San Francisco, according to NerdWallet, it's not hard to wonder why.
from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/cost-of-living-comparison-san-francisco-vs-sacramento-248470