"But It's so EXPENSIVE in California!"
Contrary to what we are told, on a nearly daily basis, San Francisco isn't that expensive. An annual report from The Economist that ranks how expensive cities around the world are found San Francisco to be below average on overall expensiveness. Taking into account several factors including various costs of living, salaries, etc., The Economist ranked the lovely city by the Bay a 92, with 100 being average (and being represented by New York City this year). In fact, the editor of the report specifically stated that as to overall costs of living, that despite its reputation of being frightfully expensive, 'San Francisco competes with Dallas.'
So now, we can just point to this report, instead of our usual retort:
Have YOU looked at apartments in San Francisco lately?
...yeah, didn't think so.