11. Rent in San Francisco actually is more expensive than New York
For some inexplicable reason, New Yorkers get acutely annoyed when San Franciscans state that it’s more expensive to live in SF than Manhattan. This makes little to no sense, as that fact is not meant to be a point of pride, but rather a huge sore spot. Still, facts are facts, and SF takes the top spot with NYC coming in second. But it doesn’t stop there for the West Coast; San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Portland, and Long Beach all make the top 20. Again: THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WE LIKE, just something that’s true.
12. We don’t all work in tech or entertainment
But when our rent is due, we really, really wish we did. (See above.)
13. Earthquakes aren’t that scary
Okay, okay. They’re a little scary. They strike without warning, literally shake the ground beneath our feet, and yes, we’re constantly being told up and down the coast to prepare for The Big One which freaks us out a little, but people on the East Coast choose to live in a place where there’s an entire season dedicated to a natural disaster that has repeatedly been responsible for innumerable human deaths and millions of dollars of damage. Looking at you, hurricanes.