What It Costs To Live In San Francisco | Making It

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Everyone wants a piece of San Francisco right now. That’s why it’s so hard to live here I’m assistant professor of sociology at San Francisco State University. Between me and my partner we make anywhere between a $100,000 and $110,000 a year and that’s considered low income here. My family of four: my partner, our two children live in a one-bedroom apartment in a high-rise we pay $2,400. We are living in a university subsidized apartment, so that’s why we have it a little cheaper, but it’s still a one-bedroom apartment. For four people it’s a little tight, right? I’ve lived in many major cities, and I’ve lived in San Francisco before, but this time around it’s super hard to find affordable housing. So when I get up in the morning I get my kids ready to go. My partner and I will be tag-teaming on that. I’ll get breakfast started, and I’ll cook eggs and sausage, cut up an avocado. Child: “I want avocado.” You don’t like avocado, but you like eggs. Child: “I don’t want eggs!” On days that I go [see?] child care. After we’ve eaten breakfast, we’ll head over to her daycare. We pay around $1,300 a month for daycare for our two-year-old daughter. I think that the state should have more responsibility to working parents and working families to help them afford quality child care for their children. Our transportation costs monthly vary, but this is where we’re trying to save money San Francisco and the Bay Area has a definite car culture, but between me and my partner we share one car. We pay around $60 for gas a month because we drive a hybrid and we fill up for gas every two weeks or something like that. When I get onto campus, I’ll grab a coffee and a bite to eat. Come to the office, I will get my work done, respond to emails, get back to paper writing or grading or something like that in my office. After I’ve done some work in the office or after I’ve taught, I’ll go to lunch at a local sandwich shop. On some days my husband and my son will join me and we’ll have lunch together before I come back to work. Feeding a family of four, we really rely on meal planning and cooking at home. So, every week we try and go grocery shopping. We are Lucky enough to live in the city where we have friends and are raising our family in community. So, at times friends come over to share a meal with us and they’ll bring dishes to come and share and break bread together. The bay area is a lovely place to grow up in, right. It’s super diverse. I remember growing up here as an immigrant and a child of an immigrant and knowing that my mother was working a low-wage job. Being a working-class family and an immigrant family here in the Bay Area was never easy, right? It’s not just like it happened in 2017 where, you know, it’s hella hard to live here now. I think there is some sort of myth around that that it’s just happening at this moment Even if I am a professor and I have these great benefits Often it’s harder and harder to justify how to live in this city because it’s so expensive Homeownership in the Bay Area feels like chasing a dream. It’s what they call a seller’s market. There’s no negotiation. Someone will always outbid you in terms of buying a home here in San Francisco. When we do buy a home, it will be in the East Bay. Somewhere not in San Francisco and not in the peninsula. There’s a push and pull about living in San Francisco: the, you know, “I left my heart in San Francisco” kind of feeling, but also you’re brokenhearted in San Francisco because you can’t afford to live here.


  1. We spent the day with a state university professor to see how her family of four deals with the city's high cost of living. Watch Next: What It Costs To Live In London – http://bit.ly/2y1tIKw

  2. you could always buy a house for the same price of an apartment outside of sf, every city around it is way cheaper. Also an avocado doesn't cost 2 dollars anymore. It costs 8…

  3. $1300 daycare for one kid. Let's say just 10 kids in a class(fat chance) so the school gets $13,000 a month. Teachers are lucky to make $1600 a month. Something is broken.

  4. Let’s be real about this: the problem is that a of lot companies, mainly big tech, are moving to the whole Bay Area, they bring in all these employees to work and live close by, meanwhile natives like this lady in the video, after growing up believing this whole West is Best myth, refuse to leave. And both parties are idiots that will pay basically anything to keep up that lifestyle that living in the Bay Area is all about. It’s just all greed on both sides of it, those that come in, and those that stubbornly choose to stay in an overpriced cesspool.

  5. i just went to san francisco and i don’t understand why anyone would want to live there. i get that it’s where all the tech jobs are but it’s not worth the hype imo. so crowded, full of tourists, insanely expensive, and it’s very dirty. trash laying in the street, human waste on the sidewalk, syringes. i’d heard about san francisco having problems, but i didn’t expect it to be THAT bad.

  6. I just moved out of this apartment complex and to update everyone only 2 years later the rent for a one bedroom in park merced is now $2800/month not $2400 as listed in this video.

  7. I guess there’s no real ghetto in San Francisco then just a bunch of rich people who think they hood because they live in shity apartments that probably cost 1.5 million

  8. She says "the state should have more responsibility to working parents….to help them afford….child care" so in other words….everyone else should help pay for your responsibilities through taxes?

  9. As a San Francisco native, and I talked to my friend about this, San Francisco locals who are currently in their 20's feel screwed over by the high rent and leasing in San Francisco. No matter if you went to college, earned your degree, and working a steady job, you're living at home with your parents. These days its no longer a stigma to being 25 and living with your parents, but it's such a pain in the ass that a city I've called home all my life is so expensive that I'm considering moving out of California with my boyfriend.

  10. I can't understand why people expect the government to help them take care of their children.That is their responsibility.I have four children and thank God,they are now independent adults.My husband and I have never ever depended on the government for care of our children.In some situations there may be a need for government assistance ,but not as a right.People need to wake up and break that cycle especially generational.

  11. She needs to move to marin county for 2400 dollars u can get a two bedroom with at least 200 more foot space and it's literally a 25 minute drive

  12. Congratulations, Democrats!
    As Democratic leadership tries to normalize their degradation of society, others have had to adapt. One person created the “Human Wasteland” map that, according to the Daily Caller, “charts all of the locations for human excrement ‘incidents’ reported to the San Francisco police during a given month. The interactive map shows precise locations of the incidents by marking them with poop emojis.” Having used needles and human waste on your sidewalks isn’t just a disgusting inconvenience, it’s a deadly biological hazard and an indicator of the breakdown of civil society. So the next time a Democrat tells you they know best, laugh and let them know your family deserves better than poo maps, hazmat homeless camps, and little girls having to avoid drug needles on the sidewalk.

  13. Things this couple do to squander money that my grandparents would never think of doing (they raised their children in the City, and through the rationings of WW2, but over time were still able to buy a modest home):
    1. Pay for coffee outside the home
    2. Pay for meals outside the home (that was a once in a while treat)
    3. Pay for daycare (my grandmother stayed home and really budgeted to raise her kids on grandpa's earnings which weren't much, sewed most of the clothes for her family, had a veggie garden out back)
    4. Pay for a cell phone (most say they can't live without their cell, but in reality it is a want, not a need)
    5. Pay for cable (use your antenna – it's FREE)
    6. Replace items on a whim or purchase new household items on a whim
    7. Pay for new clothing for children who would outgrow them in months – hand me downs were a staple in everyone's life, including mine
    8. Rarely used their one car except on weekends (grandpa would take public transportation which was excellent back then)
    9. Before spending money they would talk together about their "buy a home" fund and decide which was more important to them at that time

    I do not belittle that run down, homeless and drug addict infested San Fran is ridiculously expensive, but people don't think of their money as a tool like older generations did, and it's a choice of where you live in life, as it was a choice as to what college degree you chose. Anything to do with the "arts" or "social studies" is a poor choice if your desire is to make a higher income.

    Today's consumer must-have market has really done a number on our youth starting with genX – they throw SO much money away.

  14. I lived in the SF BAY AREA for five years and the cost of living there was OUTRAGEOUS to say the least. Crappy $3,000 dollar rent (3 years ago) for a one bedroom apartment. If you’re not in the TECH industry you’re definitely on the outside looking in. The city is fine, but definitely overrated. What makes the Bay Area magnificent is coastal California which is absolutely beautiful.

  15. 01:45 Why the hell should the state have a responsibility to pay for YOUR kids? YOU had them, YOU pay for them. Additionally you get a coffee every morning, and then a drink in a plastic cup, in the afternoon, i bet this costs loads, but also you are so wasteful with all the plastic.

  16. Why the hell will people pay so much to live in SF I have never seen so many homeless people in my life traffic was horrible, and I saw three people shitting on the side walk and no lie cops were standing across the street and did nothing!

  17. I grew up in San Francisco. Almost everyone I’ve ever known were mugged, beat up, or murdered. City is very dirty! What I do like about it is the food and culture as well as the scenic views. I just rather not live there anymore due to the politics, crime, pollution, and of course outrageous cost-of-living!

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