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What It Costs To Live In San Francisco | Making It

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.



Sep 9, 2017, 9:41 pm Reply

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

elijah meza

Jul 7, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

Is it annoying how she keeps saying her "partner"? Why not say boyfriend, husband or spouse? Heck baby daddy is less annoying. Are husband and spouse trigger words in S.F.?


Jul 7, 2019, 6:38 pm Reply

Dont forget that some sidewalks and streets smells like shit cause of all the Crack heads shiting on the on the streets

Red Balloon

Jul 7, 2019, 8:34 pm Reply

Insightful series. The professor can't have it both ways. You can't on the one hand decide to have kids and on the other suggest that there ought to be financial help, subsidisation for childcare costs. The problem is that few people (from research I undertook) are willing to move to a different city. We are all burdened with costs but remember one thing…

1,000,000,000 + people currently face water scarcity and 800,000,000 + food scarcity. Every 2 minutes a child dies of hunger. When are we going to help them?

Juugman Jizzle

Jul 7, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

Girl You need some welfare??

Victor Popov

Jul 7, 2019, 7:06 am Reply

2400$ for 1 room apartment ? Goddamn the incoming recession is gonna be bad

Jay steven

Jul 7, 2019, 8:25 am Reply

What’s so amazing about San Francisco though? I don’t see anything so special about it


Jul 7, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

I miss San Fran so much.

allison tamouzian

Jul 7, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

I mean SF is hella expensive and the East Bay is expensive too but she isn’t being smart with her money so ??‍♀️

Tha Effin dip

Jul 7, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

San Francisco hella dirty so is oakland not worth paying to smell piss everywhere and being over crowded.

My company paid 10k for a 4 bedroom apartment in the mission district crazy they coulda rented three houses in San Jose for that same price almost and we woulda had yards garages and a breath of fresh air.

I’m from Portland and one thing not on that graft is Portland doesn’t have sales tax. And is much better living situations rent in Portland for my two bedroom was only 1100

But it’s weird you join the trades you make almost up to or more money than a professor in some cases. Without the student debt.

Matthew Mayson

Jul 7, 2019, 11:21 am Reply

It cost a lot plus you have to suck your landlords pipe to not get evicted.?

Sunny Day

Jul 7, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

We live in a community where tech employees making over 100k live in RVs because they can’t afford rents. Google employees too, not just startups.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

Girlllllllllll for that rent money id buy a house and pay a Mortgage

Iam Murphy

Jul 7, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply

I definitely get the last statement.

Hudson Dorman Vlogs YT

Jul 7, 2019, 1:32 pm Reply

You don’t share that information

Empire Textbooks

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

Why does she call the guy she’s with her “partner” instead of boyfriend or husband?

69NOMAN69 noman

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

nancy pelosis district is filled full of shit and needles.

American Born Patriot.

Jul 7, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

My old neighborhood. Duboce and Steiner. 1972.

American Born Patriot.

Jul 7, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

High price to pay in a Domestic Enemy Democrat operated city/state:

Kate Steinle.
The Bologna family.

American Born Patriot.

Jul 7, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

Gavin Newsom said he'd raise taxes San Francisco Democrats say this and vows to give FREE HEALTHCARE TO ILLEGAL ALIENS and KEEP THE SOUTHERN BORDERS OPEN he said this while smiling and laughing and holding his kid.


kartik California jain

Jul 7, 2019, 3:21 am Reply

San Francisco is amazing I lived there I can never forgot living yjere

Wild Earth

Jul 7, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

I rent a 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms apparemment in a haussmannian building in Nantes for 400 euro so 500$.

yolo_ panda

Jul 7, 2019, 7:28 am Reply

sf is really expensive like groceries can be like $3.00 for a pound of the simplest things and the houses and rent are really expensive. the minimum wage is $15.00 an hour and when the wage goes up just by a bit everything in stores start becoming more expensive.

BiH Robotics

Jul 7, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply

I can't stand millennial speech please just cut it out you guys sound retarded.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:26 pm Reply



Jul 7, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

Is it me or the world is going towards favoring the most richest? I mean a person who earns 150k to 200k is like supposed to be rich as well right? But still not enough?

Denzel Dickenson

Jul 7, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

ohh this is the gap that will separate the wealthiest from the poorest. hmm should be fixed

Denzel Dickenson

Jul 7, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

but why is it so expensive

Ritter Chan

Jul 7, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

so surreal…


Jul 7, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

I'll just stick to the good old state of Texas.

mandalor-83 J

Jul 7, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

Gamorah ..What did cost to live in SF ..

Adrian Medina

Jul 7, 2019, 3:11 pm Reply

Thousands live in San Francisco for free – the homeless. They are your neighbors

Justin Laxamana

Jul 7, 2019, 4:39 pm Reply

Buying lunch everyday is not smart as well. For a sandwich that’ll cost you about 7-10usd. That amount of money can buy you a tray of chicken breast that’ll give you 3-4 meals

Nathaniel Carreon

Jul 7, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

She is spending and eating too much food and not enough is left to pay for the apt. lol

Lyv Rue

Jul 7, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

Sf can be a gorgeous place but if you’re planning to move here…just try and rethink that.

Dominic Jake King Lim

Jul 7, 2019, 2:46 am Reply

San Francisco is a shitty 3rd world city full of hobos

Carsten The Savage

Jul 7, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

SF is not a town I would put money into. Full of criminals and scum, while the poor homeless people roam the streets like zombies. Burlingame, Hillsborough, Mountain View or Los Altos are worth it but cost even more than SF.

Ray H

Jul 7, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

I'm from SF. Watching this video and knowing exactly where she is at each location is kinda cool… ??

Marquise Logan

Aug 8, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

Yo why she keep saying "my partner and I" like he just some sperm donor or a helping hand lol and $100 – $110,000 between 2 people isn't a lot of money period

Sam Laster

Aug 8, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

It’s not easy for non tech professionals in SF.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:49 am Reply

San Francisco the home of the homeless

Dakota Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

I lived in a townhouse with my family in San Francisco but my Grandma moved when I was three cuz it's really expensive

Rouow Ward

Aug 8, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Such a cool community and family.

John Mendoza

Aug 8, 2019, 6:01 am Reply

If you can't afford kids y'all should not have kids?

Alexander Ross

Aug 8, 2019, 12:26 pm Reply

"My partner"?


Aug 8, 2019, 8:26 am Reply

I live in a house with my family that is 1.5 million dollars and we are still middle class

ерунда сэндвич

Aug 8, 2019, 11:13 pm Reply

Stop calling partner, call her your girlfriend or your wife, what's the problem here


Aug 8, 2019, 9:33 am Reply

Youre partner?  Oh, ya forgot in California its a felony to say husband or wife.8-9-19


Aug 8, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

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…

Dew Time

Aug 8, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

Moving isn’t easy. It’s expensive. But it’s a lot more expensive to live in a city you can’t afford.

Chris Rockey

Aug 8, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

$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.

Monde Acid

Aug 8, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

No,no,no subsidize you responsibilities, super NO. you decided to live there, live with it!!

Krystal Rossi

Aug 8, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

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.

PMoose Traven

Aug 8, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Waiting for an idiot to say something about “Dave Ramsey”…
No one? Alright, good.

Emma Wylie

Aug 8, 2019, 1:07 am Reply

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.

Ashley Morello

Aug 8, 2019, 2:27 am Reply

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.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

If you work at Twitter and take in 150K a year. It's still difficult to live in SF!


Aug 8, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

I like san francisco. but i hate smelling pee every time i go to work there ?

Nick Chandler

Aug 8, 2019, 4:08 am Reply

Imagine complaining about how expensive it is to live in SF while you go out for lunch every day for $12

Brad Fons

Aug 8, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

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

Brad Fons

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

110,000 k low income the rest of America that’s like really rich

Cyka Blyat

Aug 8, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

In the London episode people are making 60,000 Pounds a year and living it up

Cyka Blyat

Aug 8, 2019, 1:48 pm Reply

Miami FL

john smith

Aug 8, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

livin' in a liberal paradise

Mason Gott MAIN PAGE

Aug 8, 2019, 9:54 am Reply

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?

Daniel Drumwright

Aug 8, 2019, 11:51 am Reply


David Hoshour

Aug 8, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

I live in Los Angeles right now for college but can't wait to go back to Indiana where its cheap.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

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.

Cheryl Lahniers

Aug 8, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

You couldn't pay me to live in a place like that.

pauline palmer

Aug 8, 2019, 11:42 am Reply

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.

chop Chop

Aug 8, 2019, 8:23 pm Reply

shout out val for using the word "Hella" thats bay slang ??✌


Aug 8, 2019, 8:23 pm Reply

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


Aug 8, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

I go to sfsu and the food on campus is mind blowingly expensive

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