Here’s what people are saying about leaving the overcrowded Bay Area

The poll released this week by the Bay Area Council showing the number of Bay Area residents who say they want to move away has taken a big jump will surely spawn acres of cocktail-party chatter for weeks to come. People, it seems, love to talk about how miserable they are and about how the grass is reportedly greener in places like Austin, Portland and Seattle, the top three destinations for unhappy and restless Bay Area residents, according to recent LinkedIn survey.

Our story also led to a long online thread of conversation and we’ve selected and edited some of the more thought-provoking – and less toxic – comments for you here:

  • “Be sure to tell your new neighbors in Seattle and Portland that you just moved up from California, and that you’re amazed at how cheap real estate is compared to California–then duck!”
  • “People have been fleeing the bay area high cost of living since the late 80’s; nothing new. First it was Boulder, then Seattle, then San Diego…and for the last decade, Portland. Nearly moved to “Little Beirut” ten years ago, but another startup torpedoed that idea. Nice place to live, but be sure to bring your job with you.”
  • “I actually had moved to Austin in 2001. I lived there for 12 years. Worked in the tech industry. Even met my wife there. We moved back to the bay area. Wanted to be closer to parents. Great place to live, but the weather gets to you after a while. Also…after some time Austin feels a bit like an island. Austin is fun, a bit of a party town…..lots of live music.”
  • “I can see Seattle and Portland as cities with the least “Culture shock” and Austin as the city with the most “Culture shock”
  • “I considered Austin as a possibility as well but anyone else find it funny how Green Californians are finding refuge in Big Oil Texas? Have you ever been to Texas? Its just nothing for miles in every direction. No trees just very very flat dirt as far as your eyes can see and everyone is confined indoors during the summer. Mind boggling.”
  • “I was in the Austin area once…..saw a tree-like object that topped out in a cloud….but it was gray, not green….the wind really picked up and everyone was running.  What’s a “tornado” tree?”
  • “Don’t go to SEATTLE … housing is even more than the BAY AREA. EASTERN WA state now you can live here affordable and there are J O B S !!”
  • “People leave this state because of two reasons: 1) Tax burden/cost of living, and 2) Regulation of everything. Moving to a small town in CA only reduces the cost of housing – the rest of it remains. We’re gone in less than three years, and that is to a rational state with low taxes, reasonable regulation, and a cheaper cost of living.”
  • “Seattle is actually turning into another expensive liberal dump. Really sad to see. Couple that with the same choking traffic and same high housing costs we have here and an avg. 50 days of sunshine/year, most will not find the utopia they desire in Seattle.”
  • “I must have been a modern day pioneer. I fled the bay area 7 years ago. It has become an overpriced cesspool compared to what it was just 20 or 30 years ago.”
  • “It doesn’t have to be a big city unless I suppose you’re tech and need to follow a specific job path. There are many wonderful smaller communities right here in CA and outside of the Bay area where nice homes and good schools (with under 20 kids in a class) can be found for well under $500K. Places looking for engineers, nurses, teachers, skilled labor and more. Places where you have a ten minute commute and know all the soccer parents on the field Saturday morning.  Places with real lakes and ski mountains a half hour drive away that you can experience in a half day and be home for supper. We relocated a dozen years ago and never looked back. People need to let the labels of living in “name” towns go and realize you’ve got one life and it shouldn’t be filled with stress on a daily basis.”
  • “I hear you but it’s difficult to give up the weather. Plus I never wanted to be so far from grandchildren – now a reality – that it involved airports and vacations as opposed to weekend possibilities. I’ll still argue for a third point: Quality of life. Perhaps in time we’ll head ever further but having seen my aging parents increasingly saddened by being so far apart from family in their later years, not sure that is a decision I would make. icon wink Heres what people are saying about leaving the overcrowded Bay Area
  • “Grass Valley, Nevada City, Murphys… but mum’s the word. icon wink Heres what people are saying about leaving the overcrowded Bay Area
  • “Probably foothill communites. Rocklin, Auburn, Nevada City, Green Valley, etc”
  • “(Not any more….) :} Just don’t tell them about SUSANVILLE!”
  • “I spent my first 45 years in east bay. Been gone 10 years. Live now in rural iowa. My town has about 5 stoplights. I know all my neighbors, the mayor and the sheriff by name. My blood pressure is down 20 points. There’s nothing I miss about the bay area.”
  • “I moved here from Texas. Good luck finding affordable housing and less congested highways in Austin. Sure, housing prices are cheaper on paper, but so are salaries. Friends there have the same complaints as friends here.”

 

 

Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/31/readers-weigh-in-on-exodus-of-bay-areas-disgruntled-masses/

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