Jessica Su, machine learning engineer
You should move to the Bay Area if you’re a single woman, New York if you’re a single man, and Seattle if you’re married.
- Most major tech companies (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.) have offices in all three of these places, and you’ll get about the same amount of money.
- Seattle is probably the best place to buy a house and raise a family. For under $750k, you can buy a two-bedroom house in a great school district that’s walking distance from Facebook and Amazon. New York and Bay Area housing is pretty crazy, and you usually have to sacrifice either school districts, commute time, or price.
- The gender ratio in the Bay Area is really great for single women. The male to female ratio in Santa Clara county is 1.5 to 1, and it’s even higher if you primarily meet people in the tech industry. I’m quite overweight and met my husband here, whereas many of my attractive male friends have had a lot of trouble dating.
- The gender ratio in New York is really great for single men. It’s kind of the opposite situation from the Bay Area. I have friends who moved from the Bay Area to New York City and instantly got more attractive to women.
Of course, if you have other factors pushing you strongly towards a city (say, all your friends moved to the Bay Area, or you have a great job offer in New York), you should move to that city. But all else being equal, I would choose based on family (and potential family).