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Real Estate - yes duh it’s expensive, you also don’t get all the things you mentioned (Access to the beach, access to the snow, access to the mountains, access to hiking…) so you pay for what you get.
The Population Keeps Growing - Again, this is just as much an issue in other cities where companies/industries are expanding - take Houston or Austin or Seattle for example. I don’t experience the same anxiety as you apparently about doing things, as none of the things listed stress me out or create any cause for concern. Also, traffic here isn’t any worse than any other major metropolitan city (Austin, Houston, LA, Chicago, NYC, etc.) AND we at least have some public transit albeit people complain.
The Employers Are Ridiculously Picky - Huh what? I don’t experience this at all and I think the fact that people here job hop like no other contradicts this statement. I work in biotech/pharma and have the opposite view - plenty of jobs and employees have the upper hand / lots of choices on where to work. Now the ageism thing is a piece I think IS an issue in the BA which you don’t mention at all - esp in the tech industry.
Lack Of Diverse Views - People don’t have diverse thought? Have you lived in any super conservative city? It’s the same but opposite opinions…don’t really get that point.
The Pressure To Perform Is Insane - Why the need to stand out among-st your network? That is an issue you need to face, not something most people stress over. I actually see the most stress in the BA with kids / pressure to get into the right schools vs adults and their careers…but that is just my opinion.
Public Transit Is Not Stellar - Compared to which other US city? NYC is the only other city with better transportation - now if you’re looking at EU cities, yes, but the US sucks overall at public transit.